Getting a Faster Rise
Occasionally—when I'm short on time, I need to speed up the dough rising process. A boost is needed. I've found that warmth combined with steam provides a wonderful environment for a faster rise. To create such an environment, I heat a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave until steaming, then slide my plastic wrap covered bowl of dough into the microwave as well. I close the door and (don't turn the microwave back on!) let the measuring cup and the bowl snuggle together for ~1 hour. This should give the dough the extra boost it needs.