We’re sharing tips and techniques so you can learn how to make dough rise faster. Bake your yeast breads and rolls more quickly!
As the weather gets cooler (or even in the summer with air conditioning running) it can be hard to have the best conditions for getting your bread dough to rise.
Although this can be tricky without me being there in your kitchen and helping you troubleshoot, there are a few different techniques you can use on how to make dough rise faster.
But a word before we get started. A fast dough rise isn’t always what is best. A slow dough rise allows flavors to develop better. So give your yeast time to work and make your bread taste amazing! And if you really want to give it flavor, give sourdough starter a try. It’s amazing and fun to work with.
There are two conditions you need in order to make yeast flourish in your dough: moisture and warmth. Moisture and humidity in the air can vary greatly from day to day and season to season. If your house is humid, your dough will rise faster.
This is not an article on the scientific reasons about how and why yeast works. I’m not a food chemist. I’m a home cook that learns by research, trial and error.
Two things to remember:
And with that I’ll give you 6 ways to help your dough rise more quickly!
This is the method we use the most often. There are several different methods for rising dough in the oven. Here are some to try:
Place 1 cup of water in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Heat on high for 2 minutes. The water should be boiling. Add bread dough to a glass bowl. With this method I don’t always cover with plastic wrap since it is such a small container anyway. Shut the microwave door and wait for the dough to rise.
If you love your instant pot, try proofing your bread dough in this controlled environment.
If you use this method, watch it closely because it can get too warm if you leave it too long.
Our slow cooker is often out on the cupboard which means it is perfect for proofing dough.
In doing my research for this post, I found a wonderful product called a bread proofing box. You can read all about it here. When I ordered our box they were on back order because everyone was baking bread. They now seem to be caught up and shipping on time.
This box is a portable, foldable controlled environment that will proof bread, but also act as a slow cooker! We’ve only worked with this proofing box for a few weeks, but it looks like possibilities are endless: tempering chocolate, making yogurt and even making soft cheeses.
If all else fails, you can use a heating pad to help give warmth to your dough. Place a folded towel over the heating pad and set the temperature to low. Place the covered glass bowl with the dough inside over the towel. Allow the dough to rise as the heating pad warms the bowl.
If you’re looking for a new recipe to try one of these techniques, here are our favorites: