Using a warming drawer

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    Jennifer Mankoff

      I recently discovered an excellent “warming drawer” trick. I microwave a cup of water for 5 minutes, and add the bread in and close the microwave door, with the water in there. No need to cover the bread — the air is moist and contained and warm, and it rises like anything.

      David Goddard

        In the winter I put my dough in the unheated oven with the light on covered in clingfilm. Once they are shaped, I am just a little more patient than I have to be in August.

        Jean Galton

          What about once the loaves are in the pan? Just put on top of the stove and preheat the oven for awhile (mine vents heat from the top a bit.) Or just be patient 🙂

          Katherine Kehrli

            Damp towel can be helpful. Just be careful those warming drawers can actually be too warm. You don’t actually want more than 100 degrees and better in the 70 – 95 zone. Alternatives include a warm spot in the house and and many place in microwave with a steamy cup of water. You get moisture and warmth in that version.


            Jean Galton

              My house is pretty chilly in the winter (67 degrees) so I’m wondering if I can use the warming drawer in the oven to get it to rise?  I’m just worried that it will dry out the top of the dough. Can I put a piece of parchment over the dough and then a damp towel on top of that and put it in the warmer on low?

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