Making Dough Rise

I recently tried to make Monkey Bread, but my dough did not rise.  I don’t think it rose at all, so I went in search of answers.  Apparently, working with active yeast is a bit tricky.

An image of monkey bread.

An image of monkey bread. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • You have to wake up the yeast – mixing with warm fluid between 105 and 115 degrees F.  Too hot will kill the yeast and too cold with not wake it up.  So I need to get a candy thermometer.  When the warm fluid is mixed with the yeast, we can tell it’s active when the mixture creates a foam at the top.  It’s also good to give the yeast a little sugar to start eating.
  • Do not add salt directly into the yeast mixture.  It will kill the yeast.
  • Then you will need a warm place for the bread to rise.  Depending on your oven, warming it to 200 degrees F and then turning off will be sufficient.  If you have an inefficient oven, try adding a pan of boiling water to the oven while it’s warming up.  This water will help the oven stay warm, especially in winter.  As a last resort in winter, you might be able to keep the dough near a heating unit, but put a damp towel over the bowl so the dough does not dry out.

I also saw some discussion on the difficulty of getting dough with wheat flour to rise, but have not investigated that problem.



One comment on “Making Dough Rise

  1. Pingback: Cheesy garlic bread aka “omg I’ve died and gone to heaven” bread | f00dventures

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