Is letting bread rise for the second time really that essential?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by mylittlechickpea, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. mylittlechickpea

    mylittlechickpea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm supposed to be going to friends for dinner tonight, and although she said I didn't have to bring anything I always think it's nice to do so. Well, I stayed out too late this afternoon with a friend, and I don't have quite enough time to bake the bread I was planning on. I don't mind sticking it in the oven at her house, but I don't have enough time to let it rise up for the second time as the recipe calls..

    So is it really really really that important to let it? I know my bread will be a little heavier if I just stick it in after only one rise, but is that okay? Will it effect anything else? I am making the Kuchen Bread (German Sweet Bread) from the recipes tab on the byc homepage [​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Don't know about sweet bread, but I've made many a loaf of wheat or white without doing the second rise. It's not heavier, you get a more even cell structure with 2 rises.

    Imp- go for it, and have a backup name for it like- "unleavened german sweet bread" [​IMG]
     
  3. mylittlechickpea

    mylittlechickpea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooh, okay. I get it.


    Thanks Imp!


    And I'll keep that back up name in my mind, lol.
     
  4. 2many2count

    2many2count Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well not really sure but my granny said you have to let it rise twice.....and I even paid attention to that lesson.[​IMG]

    I do like Imps idea [​IMG]
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Decent bread can be made in one rise, but generally speaking it'll be better still if you raise it twice. Better flavor development.
     
  6. mylittlechickpea

    mylittlechickpea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, NO!!


    I just read a thing that said my yeast will not activate if it was not bubbly in the beginning.. I put the yeast in warm water, warmer than luke warm but not scalding or anything... But it wasn't bubbly before I added it to my mixture... Is my bread not going to rise? I just checked it and it looks like it's growing a little bit..
     
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    did you check out the expiration date?

    if it does not rise, probably a bad batch.
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    You may have killed some of the yeast....just place the bread near a warm surface or area to encourage the rise. You may wind up with some heavy bread after all if you killed the sponge.
     
  9. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    if its risen a bit, the yeast are active but in my opinion, you do want a second rise. Try to speed it up by putting it on the top rack of a cold oven with the light turned on and a pan of steamy water on the bottom rack of the oven. It MIGHT rise enough in half the time...then again it might not..not familliar with the recipe. When in doubt about what ive planned to bring to a gathering, I pick up something else. Maybe some fancy pants coffee for after dinner and some of the Christmas flavor creamers in the dairy case right now? or if there is a bakery or confectioners in your area.. maybe something from their case?
     
  10. mylittlechickpea

    mylittlechickpea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The expiration date of my yeast was in August.. [​IMG] The darn thing didn't rise one bit, I let it sit for 2 whole hours before I touched it again.. So it was a bit heavy, but it was also very delicious. So I guess I'll have to go get more yeast and have another go at it sometime soon.
     

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