I do a lot of baking, even more than you see here on the blog, rolls, cookies, breadsticks, etc… are an every day thing at our house. I go through yeast like some people go through eggs (let’s not get started on the amt of eggs I go through). ANYWAY I leave a lot of dough rising around the house.
I hate it when I leave pretty dough to rise and it hits whatever is covering it, a damp towel, a lid, plastic wrap, etc.. and it sticks to it.. when you pull off the lid/towel, etc… and then it pop’s all the great bubbles the yeast had made, stretches the dough and ruins it. When its just dough its not a problem when it’s the first rise, but if you’d taken the time to SHAPE something? you don’t want it ruined.
I tried leaving the dough out, but then it would dry and crack. I tried using a damp towel, but it stuck worse! I tried just plastic wrap, but that wasn’t much better. When I discovered this trick it was like Hallelujah!!! Now I always have pretty rolls and pastries!
SOOOO do YOU have a trick you use when you leave dough to rise? OR do you have another kitchen tip you’d like me to test out?
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yes!!! I have ruined some mighty fine doughnuts and croissants in my day due to the STICK factor. Thank you for sharing!!!!!
right, hate that sticking, the FIRST time I made croissants, and it was an ALLLLLL day affair back then, I ruined a batch and didn’t make them again for years! Just THINK of all the pastries I would have missed out on if I hadn’t figured this trick out (bet my waistline would be grateful)
I bought bread bags on Amazon that fit a loaf. One day I cut the side seams on one and discovered that it fit perfectly over my sheet pan (12 x17 I think). It’s sturdier than plastic wrap so I butter it and used it to cover my dough. When I was finished, I folded it up and used it again…..several more times actually. Didn’t need re-buttering for several uses.
I do this, but I’ve found recently with a multi-grain seed bread that the cover still disturbs the surface of the bread when I remove it. I place the plastic loosely to give it room to rise. I’m letting it rise for the second time for about an hour. Maybe bake it sooner? Any further suggestions??
if there isn’t anything sticky on the dough (like melted butter) then a tea towel should be enough