Why does the second rise always fail?

This is my 4th try. The initial rise is great, but I NEVER get a good second rise. I keep the bowl in a warm place, covered, for 15-20 minutes, then into the oven. The recipe says “15-20 minutes until the dough just tops the rim of the bowl “. No way-I never get anywhere near that. Why??????

Marcia Hecht
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Erin A. April 7, 2020
Hi Marcia! It's hard to say for sure, but the answers in this hotline thread for a similar question suggest that maybe it was over-proofed on the first rise: https://food52.com/hotline/11559-my-bread-is-coming-out-dense-and-not-rising-enough-the-second-rising
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