I'm having trouble getting a bread recipe to work. The bread seems dry-ish, and it doesn't want to rise. I'm following the recipe exactly, so I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. Although the recipe calls for hazelnuts, but I'm using almonds since I couldn't find hazelnuts. Could that be part of the problem? Or maybe the bread isn't suppose to rise up too much? I'll post the ingredients, but if you all need the rest of the recipe, I'll post that too.
1 envelope active dry yeast
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup warm water
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup shortening
Should we just omit the nuts entirely? Or was the water not hot enough? The recipe says it's a very crusty bread. We couldn't even put all the flour in, cause it just seemed dry and crumbly. Please help. I want to make this so bad.
Update: It didn't turn out good at all. It was lumpy, crumbly, and the center didn't even bake at all. I'm not sure if it was suppose to be a flat oval or what. Books never get specific like that. Using sea salt instead of table salt wouldn't have ruined it, would it?