About rising dough: I learned a pretty cool trick, but I have to say, when I first started to do this, I was very, very nervous. You can cut the rising time in half but placing the pan in the oven. Set your oven to 200° F and then turn it off. While the oven is preheating, put the kettle on and boil water. Place a heat safe pan (9x13 if you have it) and put it on the bottom rack of the oven. When the water has boiled, pour some of the water into the pan (about ½ inch high) and place your bundt pan on the rack just above. I usually check about every 15 minutes or so to see how the dough is doing. Keep adding water as it cools and you can turn the oven on and off a couple more times.