I have been trying to make salt rising bread, with no success. I am able to get the starter to work, then I make the sponge and it gets big and puffy (and smells cheesy), but after I knead it and put it in the bread pans, it WILL NOT rise. I keep everything, including mixing bowls and spoons, at a temperature of at least 100 degrees. My mom said I have to add salt to it or it won't rise. My goal is to make a really good loaf for my 87 year old dad. It's a darned good thing he's in good health! Any helpful ideas for me?
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2/4/09 at 4:44am