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Why didn't the dough rise?
Sometimes through mishandling at the grocery store, dough is allowed to partially thaw and is then refrozen. Re-freezing damages the yeast. When purchasing, select Rhodes dough that is frozen solid, not stuck together, and devoid of ice crystals in the bag. Also check the "Best By [Date]" on the package. For best performance, select a package with a distant expiration date.
Why did the bread dough rise and then fall?
If the dough is allowed to rise too high, it will eventually collapse. For bread, the middle section of the dough should be allowed to rise only 1/2" to 1" above the side of the bread pan or it may fall. Recommended bread pan size is 8 1/2" X 4 1/2" X 2 1/2". Differently sized pans may cause the bread to fall, be misshapen, or appear coarse in texture. If the dough does rise too high, it can still be used. Remove the dough from the pan and knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough. Reform into the shape of a loaf and allow to rise. Keep in mind that it will rise more quickly the second time because the dough is already very warm.
Why did the dough fall when the plastic wrap was lifted off?
Always spray the plastic wrap with a non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the plastic from sticking to and tearing the dough when removed after rising.
The dough has over risen. What can I do?
If your bread or rolls should rise too much, you may take the dough out of the pan, punch it down, reshape it, and place it back in the pan to rise again. Keep in mind that it will rise more quickly the second time because the dough is already very warm.
Will the dough rise again?
Yes, if you allow the dough to rise too high (bakers would say over-proofed), you can "punch" the dough down and reshape to a loaf or roll and it will rise again. Some people feel the texture is even better using this procedure and they do this on purpose!
My rolls or bread rise slowly, what can I do to speed it up?
Rolls and bread will rise slowly in a cold kitchen. The optimal temperature for the rolls and bread to rise is 90 degrees F. There are many ways to speed up the process without sacrificing the quality of the finished product. 1. Place the rolls or bread in an elevated place. Many people find the top of the refrigerator to be ideal. 2. A heat lamp or warming drawer both work great, just make sure that the surface does not become too hot or you could partially cook your rolls before they have a chance to rise. We also suggest using a kitchen timer as a reminder to check the rolls. 3. Placing your rolls in a warm car to rise does work as long as the temperature is not above 120 degrees F - Just don't forget about them! 4. Some people put the rolls in their dishwasher after running a cycle, the warm, moist atmosphere gives the rolls a real boost. 5. Don't place your pan of rolls or bread directly on a cold, stone countertop. Place a dishcloth or hotpad between the rolls and the countertop. 6. Most importantly - look for fresh product in your grocery store, that is free from ice crystals. If the product does have ice crystals, carefully brush them off and grease the baking pan well. Ice crystals will melt during baking and may cause the rolls or bread to stick to the pan.