I have been wanting to attempt homemade bread for awhile now. I tried today and I seem to be having problems with the breading "proofing" or rising. I've made cinnamon rolls in the past and they did not rise, either. But they still tasted great so I did not worry about it. Today I tried to make Kelsey Nixon's rapid rolls from cookingchanneltv.com and they were supposed to proof for 20 minutes and double in size. They barely got any bigger. Not sure what the deal is. I bought cheap store brand yeast, and used warm tap water. It is cool in here (about 75 degrees), but I had stew on the stove simmering so I set the pan on the counter right next to the stove to proof. So it should've been at least a little bit warmer in that area.
Any ideas where I went wrong? Do I need fancy yeast, distilled water, something else?