First Time Baking Problems

Discussion in 'Bread' started by GallatiinNick, Nov 9, 2019.

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    GallatiinNick New Member

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    Hello All,
    So I recently started baking bread, as in a have attempted a few loafs, but for some reason i cant get my bread to rise like i want it to. My parents have never had any problems with the recipe.
    550g flour
    400mL water @ 110 degrees
    50g sugar
    45g butter
    5g salt
    1 packet active dry yeast
    Im following the recipe instructions very carefully, but it still wont rise. Any insight would be appreciated.
    Also, i dont know if elevation is an issue, but i live @ ~5000ft
     
    GallatiinNick, Nov 9, 2019
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    Angelica Member

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    I assume you're proofing the yeast before use?

    The elevation shouldn't matter at 500 ft. Higher elevation usually means more rising anyway.

    How long are you leaving it to rise? In the fridge? Not in the fridge?
     
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    J13 Well-Known Member

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    As Angelica said, is your yeast good? Bubbling and frothing? If it's not as active as it ought to be, you might try taking the water temperature down to 105. Yeast is a finicky thing. The water/kitchen need to be warm enough to coax it to rise, but if it's too hot, it dies. So, lower the temp of the water a tad, and make sure your kitchen is, itself, nice and warm.

    Also, what kind of flour are you using? Unbleached and "fresh" (meaning no where near the expiration date) is best. Bleach can affect yeast. And I've known a bread baker or two who had trouble with rising simply because their flour was expired.

    Finally, as you're just starting out, I recommend you check out this guy's videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTVR5DSxWPpAVI8TzaaXRqQ

    "Bake with Jack" is a great and fun series and he answers all kinds of questions including "why won't my bread rise?" :D Hope that helps!
     
    J13, Nov 13, 2019 at 6:45 PM
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