Proofing basket (also called a banneton) is a basket made out of cane used for proofing bread. It provides support and structure for bread with a wet dough – like sourdough. They usually come with a removable linen liner.
They come in many different shapes, but they are most commonly round or oval (for baguettes)!
They also come in many different sizes, and it is important to choose the right one for the recipe you are using, this is because it may affect how your bread proves and the outcome of your bread! If you are an avid baker we suggest getting a set of them so you are always prepared!
As mentioned before they are usually made out if can but you can find plastic and ceramic ones too!
How to use a proofing basket
- First of all, you need to decide if you want the spiral effect on your loaf if you do remove the liner if you don’t want the design keep it on.
- Take some flour and a sieve and lightly dust the basket.
- When your dough is ready for its final proofing to lift it into the basket so that the top of the dough is facing down and cover with a cloth.
- When ready turn the basket upside down to tip the dough out
- To clean leave your basket a few hours and take a dry brush and dust off the flour.
Alternatives to using a proofing basket
If you don’t have a proofing basket here are a few handy tips and tricks to
Bowl – simply line a bowl with a tea towel and dust with flour, it won’t give you any pattern but its good when you are in a pinch
Collander – if you have a colander with a nice design simply dust it with some flour and add your dough.