Bread not rising second time?
New to this forum as I'm having a little trouble with my bread baking! (obviously!!)
Having started my paternity leave I thought id spend some time indulging a new hobby, but I'm having some trouble getting a loaf that im happy with...
first of all, here is my recipe as detailed as I can get it...
Straight from the back of the hovis wholegrain flour bag...
500g hovis wholegrain flour
25g butter (i use stork- could this be a problem?)
1 1/4 tea spoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
one 7g sachet allinson easy bake yeast
350ml warm water
so i add the butter to the flour and rub in with my fingers before adding the salt and the sugar. I tend to prove the yeast by adding it straight to the 350ml warm water (no specific temperature, just warm to touch...), before adding it to the mix.
I then form it into a dough with my hands before kneading for 5 minutes in my kenwood mixer with dough hook attachment.
once kneaded, i leave the dough in the mixing bowl to rise for 2 hours covered with a wet tea towel, making sure its out of the draft and in a reasonably warm place.
It usually doubles in size and makes me very happy at this stage... but then I turn it out into my bread tin, slash the top, and leave it for around 30 mins... in this time it barely rises at all!
In the meantime pre-heat my fan oven to 230 degrees, and to stop the crust forming too soon when it goes in I boil the kettle to pour into a baking tray in the bottom of my oven to try and produce a little steam... though the fan oven makes this tricky...
so when the bread is ready to go in, I make my steam and get it on the middle shelf as quick as I can and bake for 30 mins... i do seem to get some good spring, but when cooled i always end up with a dense doughy brick!! what am I doing wrong?? :(
Any help appreciated!!!