Help making bread rise if you are in a cold house, 68F or below. Set a pan of hot (nearly boiling) water in your oven. Turn your oven on just for a bit – just until it gets to 100. Turn it off IMMEDIATELY. Turn the oven light on. Cover all of your dough rises with a damp rag or flour sack towel that has been soaked and wrung out with hot water (the dough will not only pull any needed water from the towel, but the heat will help as well). Stash in oven. Repeat each rise.