Whether it is summer or winter, when I am trying to get a yeast dough to rise, I place a heating pad on low underneath the pan of dough. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray and place a kitchen towel on top to keep the warmth inside. Doing it this way ensures the dough will rise every time and I don't have to wonder if the air is too cold without the heating pad "help".
By LisaE from WI
This is a great idea. I usually set my bowl of dough on top of the clothes dryer to rise but I'm not always doing laundry when I want to bake bread! I'll certainly try this next time.
A word of caution using a heating pad. The pad even on low may be too warm for the yeast and kill it prematurely. Using a heavy towel or a cookie rack under the pan will give the bread pan a buffer against the high heat.
I think as well one must be careful even with the setting on low ... too high of a heat can kill the yeast. Also don't leave unattended (electrical appliance).
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