I have made this bread half a dozen times and it never rises. I started to get so frustrated b/c the flavor was great, but it was a moist hockey puke. I found a blog about bread making and read over what some of the issues could have been. Today i tried again. I proofed my yeast with water and sugar first, to make sure the yeast was good. Which is was. Then I mixed all the dry ingredients together, and added them to the proofed yeast. I topped it with the butter and honey. I put it int he bread machine and let it go through one kneading cycle. My machine does two for some reasons. I don't think this bread was liking that second kneading. Lastly, I warmed the cup of water in the microwave to make a nice warm humid environment and let the bread rise in there for a few hours. Yes, it finally rose. I baked it in the oven 350 for 20 min and it was perfect! So, anyone who was having rising issues, this is what I did. Hope it helps you!
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I have made this bread half a dozen times and it never rises. I started to get so frustrated...