Thanks cambridge, I've been using those "Fast Action Dried Yeast Packets". Originally I tried one packet and this sort of worked, then moved on to two packets which worked fine ... uptil now. Box says best before May 2012, perhaps just a dodgy batch.
Tastes OK by the way - just a tad, shall we say, compact!
As I'm making a loaf every week the flour is only in the house for three weeks 4merly.
Naoko, until it's getting 2 times bigger (though not this time as it didn't and just shoved it in the oven as it had been 6 hours), in the kitchen which is the warmest and dampest room in the house, and warm water from the tap. It's worked the previous times except the time but last when it rose, but not as much and this time - when it didn't really rise at all.
The recipe (taken from the side of the flour packet) is 500g flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 3 tbs sunflower oil, 2 tbs runny honey, 8 fl oz warm water - they suggest 1 pkt fast action yeast but have been using 2 which did seem to have been working...
Hm, very odd, does sound like you're not doing anything wrong. I'd try a different batch or maybe even a different brand of yeast first, I have had very different results with different brands here. Not quite sure why, but I do always have to adjust quantity for it.
Does it keep its shape nicely in the oven? Or does it collapse?