Getting dough to rise when it's cold
We live in Israel, and in the summer it's really hot and bread rises beautifully with less yeast. But in the winter, it's too cold and I can't get things to rise.
I have a gas oven, so the trick of turning your oven on a bit to warm up and putting the dough in doesn't work.
Sometimes I keep it under the blow heater, but that doesn't work well and dries it out.
The best thing is (but only if it's a sunny day) to let the dough rise inside the car!
The funny thing is that if I have bread (specifically challah) dough rising in the kitchen while it's warm from the cooking/baking, it won't rise as well as my sourdough bread!
If anyone has any good tips to offer, I'd be really grateful!
All the best,