I need a bread dough-rising box for temperature control, that I can make myself (I'm not a very handy person).

My house is too cool (temp.) for optimum bread dough rising. I can't heat the whole house just to get bread to rise properly! I'm envisioning a box big enough to hold my bowl with a couple inches' margin all around; foil-lined, with maybe a light bulb on a thermostat to keep the temp. at an even 70 degrees, sort of like farmers do with baby chicks. I don't know how to set that up, can anyone help?

Burf4 years ago
Set a cardboard box over the dough and put a regular home style heating pad on top of the box.
You can determine what is the best heat setting for the heating pad by experimenting with a thermometer in the box before trying it with your bread dough.
All you need is a small full bathroom. Run the shower good and hot to get the room warm and steaming. Put your dough in there and place a towel along the bottom of the door to help keep the cool air out. Check it every 30 minutes or so and run the hot water again to get the temp back up.
rickharris4 years ago
No need - bread dough will rise in the fridge! if you leave it over night - In fact the taste is improved by the slower longer proving.

A normal comfortable kitchen temperature should rise it in a houre or two. If your kitchen is warm enough for you to live in It's warm enough for bread to rise.

I make a loaf every day - Using both methods - No problems.

At worst you can put the oven on it's lowest temp setting and put the bread in there - if that seems too hot leave the door open.
threeoutside (author)  rickharris4 years ago
Sorry, not French bread (using Julia Child's recipe). I make bread all the time, too, but this recipe requires 3 - 5 hours for the first rise, and the second - well, it doesn't say time just that the loaves should have doubled (I think; the recipe isn't in front of me). And that's at 70 degrees F. All my bread baking would be considerably quicker if I had a good...what should I call it... dough locker? LOL

Thanks for the thought, though!