Dough can indeed be risen in a microwave oven. Once the dough is kneaded, place it in an ungreased bowl and cover it with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Put the bowl in the oven and heat to High for 10 seconds, then leave the bowl to stand for 20 minutes in the microwave or in a warm place, by which time the dough should have doubled in size. If it has not risen sufficiently, heat it on High for another 10 seconds, then stand for a further 10 minutes.
For the second rise, remember you cannot use a metal loaf tin in the microwave. If you have a nonmetallic tin, place the dough in it, microwave on High for 10 seconds, then let it stand for just 5 minutes. Continue with the recipe as usual after proving.
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