Baking Tip / Hack: Helping Dough Rise & Can I Make "Crazy Dough"?
Updated: Aug 27, 2020
I came up with a baking hack for helping dough to rise -- for baking in general -- when I was trying out this "Crazy Dough" recipe from Deadlicious Cooking Studio to make the bunny bread. :) The dough is called crazy because it's a versatile dough that can be made into sweet or savory baked goods and for lots of different things. :)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp yeast
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp flavorless oil
- ½ cup lukewarm milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
Something that is interesting about this dough is that you combine milk with yeast and sugar. In other baking recipes I tried, I've used water. I wonder how the yeasties like the milk vs. water.
Tip: To make the milk lukewarm, I just microwaved it for 30 seconds.
Then you combine the flour, melted butter, salt and egg with the yeast mixture.
After this, you let the dough rise until it doubles in size, which is estimated to be a couple hours. I had tried baking a different dough for pretzel bread (Stay tuned for that post!) and it didn't rise as much as I wanted it too. My hypothesis was that it wasn't warm enough in my apartment for the little yeasties to work and make the dough rise.
So for this one, I decided to try to heat up with bowl to make a warmer environment, which I thought would be more amenable for the yeasties to grow.
Tip: Do not try this at home or be careful when you try this at home. I was using a metal bowl, which I knew would conduct heat and also not melt.
To help dough rise, turn burner on low for 20-30 second intervals to heat up a metal/glass (not plastic) bowl every 15-30 min. or so.
I could tell the heat was on and the bowl was heating up because you put oil in the bowl before you let the dough rise and I could hear the oil cackle.
Here it is after 1 hour. It's pretty much doubled in size. You can see the steam on the saran wrap, so it's nice and warm in there.
Comparison of before vs. 1 hour
I let it rise for 2 hours.
2 hours It rose a little bit more from hour 1 to hour 2, but not too much more.
Before vs. 1 hour vs. 2 hours
We are good at this! Look how nice that dough looks and it was a success all around.
Check out the Can I Make "Bunny Bread"? post to see the finished products.
It is a good versatile dough that can be used to not only make lots of shapes, but also lots of different baked goods.
Give it a try! We are good at this!