Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quick Rise Secrets for Bread Dough

Typically the longest step in bread baking is the rising time. You could of course avoid rising by making flatbread. Or if you want a more traditional loaf, but only have time for a short rise, try this quick rise trick.

The master bread recipe from states that a rise should take 40 minutes for a one pound loaf. posted In their errata site however, the authors amend the rise time to account for slower rises. It turns out large loafs and cooler kitchens cause the loaf to rise slowly. The first of those two attributes is easy to fix: make several small loaves instead of one big one. The second is more challenging. I certainly don't want to turn the thermostat up to 75 just to warm the kitchen up to rise a loaf of bread! As I made many small loaves for my great bread experiment, I experimented with quick rise techniques. Here's the one that worked the best for me.

Quick Rise Secret
Before you take the dough out of the freezer, turn the oven on to 250. Shape the loaf, and put it into the oven. Turn the oven off once the door is closed. Let the loaf rise in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The warm temperature of the oven will excite the yeast and speed up the rise. After 20 minutes, take the loaf out of the oven and preheat your oven to the appropriate baking temperature. The loaf will finish rising on the kitchen counter, and should be ready by the time the oven is preheated.

Here are two sets of dough, shaped into loaves. The one on the left was risen for 15 minutes on the counter, the one on the right, for 15 minutes in the oven. Notice how puffier the oven risen dough is!

Big thanks to geek husband who formatted the pictures for me! :)


cycoivan said...

Hmmmm...I'll have to try that. My bathroom has a seperate heater so I've always turned that on and put the bread in there which does work pretty well but there's limited room to work with in there.

Anastasia said...

cycoivan - Heating up one room is a great idea also. I am forbidden from using space heaters in my lease, so the thought of just warming one room never occurred to me. Thanks for the tip! :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect when in a rush (like now!!) thank you for sharing :D