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Old 08-07-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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Question How do you keep a crust from forming on rising dough?

I just tried making yeast dough for the first time, and while the dough was sitting for the first rise, it developed a crust that rose above it.
How would I prevent that happening again in the future?

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Old 08-07-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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What did you cover the dough with? Lots of recipes suggest a kitchen towel, and while they look pretty, the dough beneath may not have enough protection from the air.

I collect those shower caps they give you in hotel rooms, and spray the inside of it with Pam or with canola oil from my Misto. Then I slip the cap as a cover over the bowl and leave it there for the duration of the rise. You can see thru it to see how the dough is coming along, and the oil on the cap keeps the dough from sticking to it.
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:29 PM   #3
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The recipe didn't say, so I used a clean rag.

I'll have to find a clean shower cap then. Or wash mine out. Thank you!
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Yup great idea june.. I use cling film oiled or a peice of wax paper then a towel on top of that :)
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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I always roll the big ball of dough in oil or shortening and then cover with a clean tea towel; never ever had a crust form on it while it is raising.
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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Marmar,
you should also make sure that you've oiled the bowl your yeast dough is put in to rise, plus you should roll it around in the bowl so all of it has a thin coating of the oil. I then spray cling wrap with a veggie spray and place that over the top of the bowl.
good luck and enjoy your baking efforts.

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Old 08-07-2006, 03:53 PM   #7
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Lightly oil the bowl you are going to proof the dough in. After you place the dough in the bowl, turn it over, exposing the oiled side. Cover it before placing in a warm place..
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:04 PM   #8
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What Vera said. If you cover it with plastic film wrap be sure it isn't sealed at the edge because it will inhibit the rising somewhat.
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:06 PM   #9
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I did oil the bowl and then expose the oiled side...
But I should make sure that it is not completely sealed off?
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That's part of the beauty of the disposable shower cap. It covers it completely, but does not create a seal. So it doesn't inhibit the rise.

If you don't travel much, see if one of your friends or relatives who do will collect these flimsy freebies for you.
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