Three Reasons to Use a Bread Proofing Basket

And three interesting names for this handy kitchen tool.

Make beautiful loaves of bread like this at home.Unsplash

If you’re new to the vast world of bread baking, a bread proofing basket (also known as banneton or brotform) can help improve the appearance, uniformity and structure of even your most delicate loaves. The options below will get you started.

9 Inch Bread Banneton Proofing Basket - Baking Bowl Dough Gifts for Bakers Proving Baskets for Sourdough Lame Bread Slashing Scraper Tool Starter Jar Proofing Box
Comes with an accessory that will help you customize the look of your loaves, as well as an ebook.Bread Bosses

Proofing is a process in baking where a yeasted dough is allowed to rise. The yeast produces gases which create air pockets within your dough. This is what will ultimately determine the texture of your bread.

Banneton Bread Proofing Basket Set - 9 Inch Round & 10 Inch Oval, Sourdough Natural Rattan Proofing Baskets with Dough Scraper Linen Liner Cloth Bread Lame for Artisan & Home Bakers
Includes a washable, reusable inner layer to keep loaf from sticking.YLIANG

Choose a round shape for a rustic-looking result. Ridges in your basket can produce aesthetically-pleasing designs on your bread.

AKL Banneton Proofing Basket, Premium Baguette Bread Proofing Natural Rattan Cane Handmade for Baking Dough
Made from rattan; available in several different sizes allow you to make the loaf of your dreams.AKL

If you want to make more than one loaf at a time to share with others, consider buying a set of at least two. Smaller loaves of bread will individually bake quicker than one larger loaf.