Monday, May 3, 2010

Cane Brotform style bread proofing basket

Also known as a banneton, it is a favorite of artisan bakers for raising their bread dough. The basket coils provide a beautiful shape and decor for a traditional hearth loaf look.

This basket is exceptionally well made in Europe of the highest quality natural materials.
Measures 8 ¾ inches in diameter across the top and is designed for a 1 ½ lb. loaf.


Dust the basket with flour and the risen dough drops easily onto your baking surface.
I used 1 pound and 2 ounces of dough. You put the rounded side down or the top down.

I made Eastern European Potato-Rye Bread on page 120-21 in ABin5 book.



I used a serrated knife to split the top of the dough.



I guess I put too much flour in the basket because flour is pretty heavy here but anyway you get the idea!!!

To clean your Brotform, rinse it out with hot water with your faucet in spray mode. Shake off excess water and place upside down over still warm oven to dry quickly. Don't use soap.

Now an experiment for fun!!!

Isn't this a pretty hat?

top hat

Now for the inside of the hat and you know where I am going with this don't you?

inside hat

Yup the dough goes in the hat!!!


The finished baked bread..............with too much flour again.........but fun experiment!!!

baked bread

The other bread in the photo was done in a wicker basket.

inside wicker


I did not slash the top of either bread or poke the tops with toothpick.

This was the dough before going into the oven.

Ready for oven

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  1. Whoa that is so cool! I wonder what bowls and such I have that I could do this with...

  2. Those are great ideas I could use. Don't get bannetones here but the hat and wicker basket I can manage!
    Thanks a bunch.

  3. that's brilliant!! love it!!!

  4. Brotform proofing basket is way cool.

  5. How cute! I love your experiments. I usually just use a bowl - I know boring! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love your ideas! I've often marveled at the brotform shapes but I think the hat and basket worked beautifully too.

  7. I have wanted to try some shapes like yours and now I have to look for an old hat around here! :) Great looking breads.

  8. Great experiment and it worked!

  9. What beautiful breads! Thank you for this post. I'll be back when I try this myself.

  10. What a great idea! I love the use of the hat and other baskets! I have lots of them. But some I will have to line with a piece of saran wrap. I'll let you know how it goes! Fabulouso!

  11. I've got a half dozen or more wicker baskets.
    Have thought about trying them but you just
    gave me the push to do it. So glad you are
    an adventurous baker. Oh, and by the way,
    I don't think you "over floured". It helped
    to bring out the basket weave designs.

  12. Just great! I bought a small wicker basket from the Dollar Tree to try this, but hadn't done it yet. I didn't have the courage, and the right dough yet.

    Thanks for showing me how well it can be done!

  13. What a great idea using the hat! I'll have to try that. Thanks.