My bread never rises very much, any advice please?
I've been baking my own breads for a few months and I love it, but I am having a hard time getting my loaves to rise very much. The bread I most often bake is the same recipe that my sister-in-law uses and she taught me how to make it, so I know we are using the same ingredients and methods, but her loaves always come out gigantic and mine never do.
Our house is old and drafty, so I usu heat the oven a little and then stick the loaves in there so they have a warm, still place to rise, but even that doesn't do the trick.
Any advice would be much appreciated, I have no idea where I am going wrong.
Thanks so much!
In case it is helpful here is what I do: Mix 2T yeast into 2C white bread flour, add 2t sea salt and 3T toasted sesame seeds. Heat 2 1/4 C water with 1/4 c honey and 3T butter to 120 degrees farenheit. Add liquids to flour mixture, mix in the KitchenAid on speed 2 for 3 mins. Add 3c whole wheat flour and enough white bread flour so it pulls away from the bowl. I turn the oven on for about 5 mins, turn it off and put dough in to rise (this part always rises excellently!) Once doubled, pull it out, punch it down, make 2 loaves, put in loaf pans, heat oven back up for a couple more minutes, and then wait and wait and wait and wait for loaves that never rise as much as I would like!!