There are several reasons bread will turn out hard or will not rise:

  • Yeast was not added
  • Stale flour or stale yeast was used
  • Extra salt, sugar or hot liquids may have killed the yeast and inhibited rising
  • Old flour was used

    Still not rising?
    Increase yeast by 1/2 teaspoon or decrease salt by 1/4 teaspoon.