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Old 09-30-2009, 03:53 PM   #7
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Default Re: My bread never rises very big

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Originally Posted by Iarwain View Post
What about your recipe? Do you have enough sugars in there to feed the yeast? Does it just need to rise longer? Cooler ambient temps, among other factors, affect rising time. Other possibilities include too much salt or other yeast-checking agent or temperature problems (as previously mentioned).

ALSO I have found that using narrow pans makes a huge, enormous difference in how well the bread rises. Using a 9X5 loaf pan won't give you as light and high of a loaf as an 8X4 pan. Big, BIG difference IME. I actually bought extra deep tapered loaf pans a long time ago because I was baking all our bread and it made such a difference. 9X5 pans are more appropriate for quick breads than yeast breads.
Excellent questions.

My recipe

1/3 C honey
1/3 C oil
2 1/2 C warm water
1 1/2 T yeast
2 T vital wheat gluten
2 t salt
6-7 cups whole wheat flour

Sound like enough sweetener? Too much salt?

I can let it rise all day in a warm oven, it still never rises enough.

I am using 9x5 pans

Possibly my water is too warm too.

Thanks for the suggestions I am excited to have some more things to try anyway. I just made bread today so I won't be able to try them for a week or two.
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