2019-07-14 - Why Won't My Dough Rise....
Or, what did I do wrong THIS time?
Bad habits. We all have them. And, somehow, we have less trouble recognizing them in other people than in ourselves. Maybe we're talking knuckle popping. Or passing gas in public places. And then... we realize that we're engaging the behavior that drives us nuts when other people do it.
So there I am in the left lane of the highway and this bozo is in front of me with his left turn indicator flashing. "REALLY? You're in the left lane, where do you think you're going?" I grumble futilely. This sad state of affairs continues for a few miles. And to make matters worse, I keep hearing this annoying, "Tick Tick Tick" noise. I look around the car, hoping I can find the source of the annoyance and then I see ... yeah, you guessed it, my left turn indicator is on.
Little bothers me as much as getting emailed questions that are answered on the web site. Not even a, "I saw you said this and that on the something page, but I have a slightly deeper question...." I grumble to myself, "Hey, we've got a search bar on the web page, why won't you use it?"
I've been seeing a considerable number of questions about "why won't my dough rise?" Sadly, there are SO many reasons this could happen that it can't be answered within the attention span of a Facebook post. As I started to write a blog post and "Mike's (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips" newsletter post about this, I stumbled upon a web page I had written quite some time ago. I should have just searched for the topic, using the search tool. *sigh* Yeah, I did that!
Sometimes I find something I wrote long ago and I cringe wondering how I could have been so dense. Other times I smile and say, "Hey! That's pretty good!" This is one of the "pretty good!" times.
Yeah, there are some omissions. It doesn't talk about puff pastry, but since Sourdoughhome.com doesn't deal with puff pastry at all, that's OK with me. Puff pastry is ALL oven spring, not dough rise. I should have added something about how to test baking powder. (I just did, btw.) Overall, it's a good starting point. So, rather than reinvent the troubleshooting guide, I'll just post a link to it.
A few font fanatics have been complaining about Sourdough Home's fonts. So, we're playing with fonts. We've killed off the source of the most vocal complaints, Comic Sans MS. Please let us know what you think of the font changes. Some people care more about fonts than others. Personally, I am more concerned with how a loaf of bread is slashed.
Until next time, may your dough always rise, and if it doesn't you know where to find troubleshooting information.