My bread wont rise properly
Hi I'm Bulldoglady and I have been baking bread for over 30 years and I have never had this problem. My dough does not rise properly. It takes 3-4 hour for the first rise. The second rise is ver slow and the final formed loaf will not hold it's shape. I am making french bread and not using pans. As an example I started bread last week at 10;00AM and did not get it into the oven 'till 8 PM. I have changed the flour, yeast, and where it is risen- it's never right the bread does not rise in the oven and come outwith consistancy of crumpets. Any ideas- Forgot to say that it has been hot and sunny (25-28C) here and we live by the ocean so humidity is never too low.