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dough won't double

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Help! My whole wheat dough won't double!

June 20, 2011 - 2:00pm -- pitterpatter

I just attempted my first loaf using a recipe for Whole-Wheat Spiced Bread from the World of Breads (Casella, 1966).   I proofed the yeast successfully, but the dough never rose more than about 25-50%, and the resulting bread was delicious, but not as light as I had hoped.  What went wrong?  Here's what I did:

Poured 2 c scalded milk over:

*1/4 c brown sugar, 1 t salt, 1/4 c honey, 1/3 c butter

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