Musings on the three pillars of a Catholic home: Faith, Family, and Food
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Homemaking Tip #4: Getting Bread to Rise in a Cold Kitchen
If you live in a colder climate with a house that is difficult or expensive to heat, you may be getting the impression that either bread recipes are written for those in warmer climes or that you are just a complete failure at bread baking. Most yeast bread recipes tell you to cover the dough and let it rise in a "warm place." Well, for me, the only truly "warm place" for four months of the year is directly next to my electric radiator--which is also extremely dry and would turn my dough into a hard lump rather than letting it rise. My trick? Cover the dough in bowl or pans (depending one which rise it is) with a tea towel as you normally would, and then place it in a cool oven along with a pan or bowl filled with boiling water. I just put the kettle on and pour the water into the container in the oven just before the dough is ready to go in. This should keep your dough moist and help it to rise to its fluffy potential.