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Old 04-01-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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Activating yeast in rainy weather

Does anyone have any hints for getting yeast to activate in rainy weather. Every time I try to make a yeast bread in the rain, I can't get it to rise. Help

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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When i have trouble (regularly ) getting yeast to rise, I put the bowl I'm trying to get it to rise in, inside another large bowl and fill the larger bowl with hot water, making a water bath or double boiler of sorts. I've found that this second burst of heat helps my yeast get busy!
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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Thanks SixSix210, Since you are in NJ like me and all we get is rain anymore I'll give it a try.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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Keep it in a warm place - I use the top of the cooker while the ovens on.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:20 PM   #5
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SixSix210 - Thanks I owe you a big one. I had to make two foccacio breads and a dozen strombolies for a local restaurant, and your trick worked like magic!
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:55 AM   #6
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glad to help!
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:43 AM   #7
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I generally use the warm water bath as well, but you could also put it in the oven with only the oven light on - this generates a bit of heat as well
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When I start to bake, I set my oven to 170 degrees. The oven vents ar the back of the stove by the back burners. That way a warm air flow is present and some heat from the oven rises.

I proof the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water and a pinch of sugar. It if starts bubbling, it is good to go.

I use the water bath to warm my Rye sour for making Ryew bread every other week.

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