Hi everyone! I decided to contact Instant Pot and ask them directly about proofing bread dough in their machine. I CAN!
Here’s the transcript of the short chat I had online with one of their reps:
Can my Instant Pot DUO 6qt be used to proof no-knead sourdough bread dough?
Your Instant Pot Duo can definitely do that! By using the “Yogurt” function, toggle it to Normal. Just make sure that you don’t exceed the 1/2 mark on the Inner Pot when doing this.
do I need a special bowl to fit inside the liner or do I put my dough directly into the liner?
Good question, you can just put the dough directly into the liner.
No water used, correct? I’m just using the IP to basically temperature set the dough? And, do I seal the lid to “seal” or “vent”?
That is correct. You have to put the steam release handle to "Sealing".
And no water?
And no water.
I’ll have to let you all know how it works, IF I get up enough nerve to try it, LOL! My bread dough has been a bit challenged lately by cooler temperatures in the house. I’ve actually raised the house temperatures overnight to accommodate bread dough sitting on the kitchen counter. That’s an expensive option that I’d rather not continue. Now I just have to get up enough nerve to use my Instant Pot. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask how long to proof the dough in it…oh well, I’ll just have to guess and try it. Here’s hoping someone on this forum knows that answer.