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Bread Rising?

February 5, 2010

It’s a rainy day here today, and one of the things I love on a rainy day is fresh baked bread hot out of the oven.  Not that I bake very often, and usually I cheat with a frozen, ready to thaw loaf of bread.  But it’s hard to get bread to rise here, we keep the house cool, and on rainy days it’s damp feeling…..just not conducive to rising bread.

Of course this is when I regret not getting the gas stove and keeping an electric.  That pilot light in the gas oven would be just perfect for getting bread to rise.  My neighbor uses a heating pad underneath her bread pans to get them to rise, but I don’t have a heating pad either.

This morning, as I was lamenting the difficulties of being able to get bread to rise, my dear husband came up with an idea, which I’m trying out today.  Something you would think I could have come up with on my own, but alas, I didn’t.  My only excuse is that I didn’t grow up with a fireplace like he did as a child in England.  I’m not trained to think about using the “fire” as a prep area.  He on the other hand thought this was extremely logical to do:

The jury is still out, if it doesn’t rise much more than that pretty soon, I’m going to bake the bread anyways and call it an attempt.  At least I’ll still have the smell of fresh baked bread and I’ve got a warm living room out of the procedure!!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010 4:02 pm

    Sounds like a good idea. I would love both a fire and fresh bread. Stay warm and dry.

  2. February 5, 2010 4:04 pm

    Cover that bread with a couple dry towels so any cool breezes won’t hit it and it will rise.

  3. February 8, 2010 8:33 am

    Well..what’s the verdict? Did it rise?!
    I can never get mine to..if yours did, then, I will follow your advice 🙂
    Love homemade bread! I just might have to make some today 🙂

  4. February 8, 2010 9:03 am

    It did, so-so, not fully. A friend near here puts hers on a heating pad set on low to rise. One of the things on my shopping list today is a heating pad.

    The bread did have towels on it while it was rising, I took the towel off to show the progress (or lack of! lol).

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