How to Make Dough Rise Faster


Before you can bake bread, you have to let the dough rise. Waiting for dough to rise can take hours, and sometimes you’re in a rush to get your bread into the oven. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can try to help make dough rise faster, like putting the dough in the microwave or covering it with a damp cloth. By using heat and moisture to speed along the rising process, you can enjoy your fresh baked bread without the long wait.

Part 1
Using a Damp Towel

Using a Damp Towel on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Usually bread is baked at around 350 to 500 °F (177 to 260 °C). Look at the recipe you’re using to make the bread for specific heating instructions.

Using a Damp Towel on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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You want the entire towel to be wet, but not soaked. If a lot of water is dripping from the towel, wring it out over a sink.[1]

Using a Damp Towel on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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All of the dough should be covered with the towel. Stretch the towel so the edges are hanging off the side of the bowl or tray you’re raising the dough in. The moisture from the damp towel will help the dough rise faster.[2] Use two overlapping damp towels if you have a lot of dough to cover.

Using a Damp Towel on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Some cleared off counter space right next to the oven will work. The heat coming from the oven will speed up the rising process.[3]

Using a Damp Towel on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Check the dough after 30 minutes to see if it’s finished rising. If it hasn’t doubled in size, re-cover the dough with the damp towel and check back again in 10 to 15 minutes.

Part 2
Raising Dough in a Microwave

Raising Dough in a Microwave on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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24 liters) of water. Make sure the glass you use is small enough to fit in your microwave.[4]

Raising Dough in a Microwave on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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After two minutes, open the microwave and move the glass of water to the side of the microwave to make room for the bowl of dough. Use an oven mitt or dish towel to move the glass in case it's hot.[5]

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Use a bowl that’s small enough to fit in your microwave. Don’t worry if the bowl isn’t microwave safe - the microwave won’t be on when it’s in there.

Raising Dough in a Microwave on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Leave the glass of water in the microwave with the dough. The glass of water and the heat from the microwave will create a warm, moist environment that will help the dough rise faster. Do not turn on the microwave.[6]

Raising Dough in a Microwave on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Check on the dough after 30 minutes to see if it’s finished. You’ll know it’s finished rising once it’s doubled in size. If it's not done rising, leave the dough in the microwave for another 15 minutes.[7]

Raising Dough in a Microwave on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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If after 45 minutes the dough still hasn’t doubled in size, remove it from the microwave. Reheat the glass of water on high for two minutes and then place the bowl of dough back in the microwave. Let the dough continue to rise for another 10 to 15 minutes.[8]

Part 3
Letting Dough Rise in an Oven

Letting Dough Rise in an Oven on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Set a timer so you don’t lose track of the time. While the oven is preheating, start to bring a pot of water to boil on the stovetop. Turn the oven off after the two minutes are up.[9]

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Use a medium to large size bowl. Fill the bowl so the water line is about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) below the rim.[10]

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Let the bowl of water sit in the oven while you prepare the dough. The warmth from the oven and the bowl of water will create a warm, humid environment for the dough to rise in.[11]

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Close the oven door.

Letting Dough Rise in an Oven on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Check the dough after 15 minutes to see if it's ready. If it's not, let it rise more in the oven and check back again in 15 minutes.[12]

Part 4
Using Rapid-Rise Yeast

Using Rapid-Rise Yeast on How to Make Dough Rise Faster

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Rapid-rise yeast comes in smaller granules, which makes it activate faster. Quicker yeast activation makes bread rise faster. Find rapid-rise yeast packets at your local grocery store. They might be labeled "instant yeast" or "quick-rise yeast."[13]

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Rapid-rise yeast doesn't need to be dissolved in water like regular yeast. Just mix it in with the flour and other ingredients you're using to make the dough. Check the recipe you're using to see how many yeast packets it calls for.

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If the recipe you're using calls for two rises, only do the second one. Dough only needs to rise once when it's made with rapid-rise yeast. Skipping the first rise will cut your total rise time in half.[14]

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Place the dough in a warm, humid place to help it rise faster. Keep in mind that lean doughs that consist of mostly water and flour will rise faster than doughs that contain dairy, eggs, salts, and fat.[15]