Hello-I’m new to this website and would like to know why I always fail at making bread. I follow the directions that came with my new KitchenAid mixer, used their recipe with fresh ingredients. Bread never rose and when I baked it it was raw in the middle. Please enlighten me! What am I doing wrong and how do I fix this?
First thing is to be sure your yeast is fresh. Secondly, proof it with warm (105 degrees F works best) and a sprinkle of flour or sugar (if your recipe calls for sugar). Water that is too cold won’t activate and too hot will kill it. Let it rest until it is frothy. Proceed with your recipe’ and then let it rise in a warm place away from drafts until it is doubled in sized; a turned off oven works well. Be sure your oven is at the right temperature. Use an oven thermometer to check if your oven is accurate.