I couldn't try this as my micro is to small to hold both a measuring cup of water and a bowl of dough. So I brought a 2 qt pan of water to a boil, put it in the oven, on the bottom shelf, then put my bowl of dough on the shelf above. Worked like a dream. Thanks for the idea.
I do this, too, only I put my bowl in my regular oven with a cup of very hot water. I also leave the oven's light on, which generates just a little heat. Works like a charm! If I have food in the oven and can't use it, I've also put my covered bowl on top of a heating pad set on its lowest setting.
Your idea to rise the yeast sounds good. I'll try on my next batch of "Peasant Bread". The receipe I used said to let the dough rise until doubled. I eyeballed it and it looked to be doubled, but when it came out of the oven, it was more like ciabatta bread. I'd like to raise the height a little, so I'm looking for advice. Do I add a little more yeast ? More sugar ? Longer rising time ? Appreciate any advice. Thanks
This works great. I did not put the dough on top of the cup of water, but next to it.
Oh thanks, I've needed this tip for a LONG time. I'll be using it often. Didn't realize I'd rated this before but as an update - It works in all kinds of weather - I used this here in Trinidad in very humid weather to make Ethiopian Flat Bread (Injera) and it worked like a charm. Use in game "Help a Naked Recipe"
I've used this method since I first found it a couple months back. I live in a tropical climate but this works extremely well on those long, slightly chilly, rainy days. But I have come to like this method so much I use it on sunny days too. Thanks for sharing this technique. Works very well!
This works well...though mom did it in the stove, and it was both a cool and drafty kitchen (Wisconsin, and the house had never been introduced to insulation until I was in Jr. High). This even worked when the wind blew out of the north or south and the house was 55 and at times a bit colder.
This stuff really works! Amazing what new and simple things we learn here.
I made some bread today and this worked good! Thanks! :D
You can also program your microwave to 10% power and run it for 3 minute intervals until your bread has risen to the appropriate stage. It works great for frozen rolls and bread dough.