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This week I want to talk about how you get your bread to rise perfectly every time.
I was recently asked on my Homemade Pizza post about how long it should take for bread dough to get to double. This is something I barely even give thought to anymore when making homemade breads, because of the easy way I “help” my bread rise! This idea is not original to me, but I’m sure it will be new and helpful to some of you.
1. Heat oven to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit (I just guess with mine!).
2. Heat water to boiling and pour into a mug or (I prefer) a bread pan. Place that mug or pan on the oven rack, and place the bowl of bread dough beside it. (Or above or below it; but I only have one rack. :))
The water will keep the dough from drying out in the oven, but you don’t have to cover the dough this way.
3. Let sit until dough is double! This usually takes around 45 minutes with a small batch of bread/pizza, possibly more with a large batch. Just keep an eye on it. Sometimes it’s faster!
This makes the dough rise faster in a cool house, and the hot water keeps the dough the perfect consistency! I never just let my dough rise on the counter top anymore.