Help! What can I do with bread dough that doesn't rise? I refrigerated it, reshaped it, put it in a warm place and it still does nothing.
It sounds like your yeast was no good (too old?) or died (you can kill it if your water/liquids are too hot).
What about shaping it into flat bread and frying it, or even try trying it as a pizza if you have a pizza stone? it might be WAY too crispy, but worth a shot?
You could roll it very thin and bake it for crackers. I've done that with doughs that didn't rise a few times - brushed them with butter before I baked them, and they came out well.
Now, before you go and do something crazy, just wait a bit. You refrigerated it? For how long? Obviously, that will slow or halt the rise. How long was it in a warm spot?
Sometimes, my bread just needs time to get going. If you haven't left it for at least 24 hours, I wouldn't start to worry yet. Even if you did put it in a warm spot, was it still cold at all? Has it risen even a little bit, or nothing?
Dead yeast is very unusual these days, although it certainly is possible the yeast has been killed by too high a temperature. Rolling it thin to make crackers is a great idea if it won't rise at all. I like to put olive oil and rosemary on the top. Making a slit in the dough skin before you bake them will make it much easier too break apart into individual crackers.