Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tip of the Day--Quick Rising

Here is a quick baking tip for today. Normally when you are baking bread products (loaves of bread, dinner rolls, sweet rolls, etc.) you must let the dough rise until it has doubled in size before shaping your bread. This usually takes an hour or more unless you use a little trick to make the bread rise quicker. After kneading the dough, place it in a microwave-safe bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. Place the bowl in the microwave and microwave on high power 5 seconds for every cup of flour in the dough (ex. if you used 6 cups to make the dough, you would set the timer to 30 seconds). Next, turn the dough over and microwave again, but half the amount of time (ex. now it would only need 15 seconds). Now just pull it out of the microwave and cover with a cloth until doubled in size. This will usually cut the rising time in half. It is a great timesaver. Happy baking.

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