Baking Blunders: Bread Didn’t Rise

Babs (@brunchwithbabs) is the Internet’s grandma, and she knows a thing or two about baking. When things don’t go your way, she is here to help us fix our baking mistakes.






See how Babs fixes bread that didn’t rise.


If you’re making bread from scratch and it doesn’t rise, don’t ditch the dough. You can save bread dough and use it to make crackers or a flatbread.​ Place the unrisen dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover it and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it for up to three days.


You’ll have to start over to make a nice, fluffy loaf of bread. Making a homemade loaf of bread takes patience and the right ingredients.  


  • Use fresh ingredients. Expired yeast will prevent your dough from rising.  
  • Make sure you give your yeast enough time to activate in warm water. If it looks frothy, it is activated. 
  • Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size. To help the dough rise, put the covered bowl in a warm oven. Make sure the oven is off, but still warm with the door cracked open.  

Once baked, your bread should come out of the oven looking soft and golden.​