Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday's Super Tip - Getting Your Dough to Rise

I don't know about all of you, but I think working with yeast is tricky. It's something I'm still pretty new to, but I like to think I'm getting better at it.

Yeast recipes always state that the dough needs to sit in a nice, warm spot in order to rise. Well, that's often pretty hard to find in my house. We're one of those families who keep our house on the cool side. You're likely to find me walking around in pants and a sweatshirt... and still cold.

So here's someplace warm in your house that you've probably never thought of... your dishwasher! Sounds weird, huh? Well, it works! But please do me a favor and make sure it's clean (and empty) before you try this. Just turn your dishwasher to the heated dry cycle. Let it get nice and warm inside, then turn it completely off. Stick in your bowl of dough and let it rise. It'll work perfectly for you.


Elyse said...

What a clever idea! I mean, if you can bake fish in a hot dishwasher, why can't bread rise in a warm one?? Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

I usually turn the oven on to the lowest setting and put the dough in a bowl covered by a clean dishcloth and put it near the vent on top of the stove. I'll have to try your tip.

Maria said...

Don't tell but sometimes my dad uses the bathroom:) He shuts the door and keeps everyone out, it works:) Read my blog tomorrow for a great Artisan bread!

Jaime said...

i use my oven :) i preheat it for a few minutes at 175 (i don't let it get up to 175) and then turn it off, and then put the dough in there. works like a charm and you don't have to empty the dishwasher ;)