Question:Rose, I am a 74 year old Man that loves to cook and especially make bread. However, lately I am having trouble with my dough not rising as it should, the first time. Have any idea's? I have several of your books and am looking forward to your new "Cake Book" coming out. Thanks Rose Reply: thank you—i’m really enjoying coming up with new cake recipes and delicious variations on old favorites. if your bread is slow to rise on the first rise it may be that the yeast is old or that it is not warm enough. a slow rise is not a bad thing flavor-wise but the best way to speed it up is to give it more warmth—ideally moist warmth. i use a cheap plastic box as a cover and put a small container of about 1 cup of boiling water in it—not too close to the dough or bread pan. i change it every 30 minutes. this gives you a temperature of about 80-85 degrees which is just right. higher temperatures will give it an off flavor.
Guidelines for Posting a Comment
Post your comment by clicking on Comment. If you have a question, please post it on Ask A Question. If you feel one of our recipes is incorrect, please look for the recipe on our Blog Categories: BOOK CORRECTIONS to see if there has been a posted revision. (You can also copy and print off any of the pages to include with your books.)
Please do not attach any website links, your email address, or links through your name with your comments, or we will repost your comment with out any links. Also, please post your comment here, versus trying to email us privately, or we will reply by asking you to post here.