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The Best Proofing Baskets for At-Home Bread Making

Robb Report logo Robb Report 4 days ago Bryan Hood
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Like a number of culinary tasks, bread making is intimidating until you try it. That’s not to say that it’s easy, but its more than doable, especially if you have the right tools. And, if you plan on making your own loaves of bread, one of the tools you’ll need is a proofing basket.

Proofing is one of the key steps in making yeast bread and other baked goods. During this period, the yeast ferments and the dough begins to expand, or leaven, as gases are produced. Because the dough you’re using is usually soft and wet, you’ll want to use a proofing basket, or a banneton basket, to shape it. These baskets are usually made from a lightweight and porous material that absorbs moisture as the dough expands, making it easier to deal with, should more shaping be needed. Once the proofing is done, simply remove the basket, make any final adjustments, and put it in the oven to bake.

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If you’re looking to start baking bread at home, or if you’ve already made a loaf or two and want to make the job a bit easier, then it’s time to invest in a proofing basket, or three, of your own. Here are four of the best on Amazon.

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