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