Simple Instructions for Elegant & Rustic Handmade Loaves
- Before using your banneton for the first time, condition it with water and a light dusting of flour—rice flours work best.
- When ready, place the dough in the banneton upside down (with the seam facing up).
- Cover the basket and dough with a bag or cloth to retain moisture and prevent the development of a surface skin.
- Allow the bread to rise.
- Flip the dough onto a lined baking tray for the oven (remember: bannetons are not meant to go in the oven).
NOTE: Keep in mind that with dough many things effect the rise: ambient temperature, yeast quality, and flour types can affect the rise.
Favored by experienced bakers and by novice home bakers around the world!
Each basket is individually crafted by skilled artisans and is made to last a lifetime. The main reason why rattan is used is due to its strength, durability, and flexibility. Unlike bamboo, rattan has a solid core which makes it very durable and hard to break.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
When it comes to naturally sourced materials rattan is one of the safest from an environmental point of view; it is easily renewable and the impact of its sourcing can be considered close to zero. In fact, rather than harm, it is considered to benefit the environment as it is used to replace other types of wood.
The aim with your banneton is to build-up a thin layer of flour and moisture, which helps your dough leave the banneton before baking. If you are happy with the way your banneton is performing, lightly brush and tap the banneton after every use to maintain that layer.
Can you wash it? - Yes, it is O.K to wash your rattan banneton when required!
Occasionally, after many uses, the build-up of flour/moisture may become thick and crusty and start to look scaly rather than smooth.
This is the time to soak (20mins) and scrub (washing-up brush) your banneton in cool tap water (no soaps!) and leave it to dry in the sun.
Professional bakeries wash their bannetons every 6 months to 2 years, depending on usage and how regularly (if at all!) they brush them out.
Home baker's bannetons, used less frequently and well looked after, may never need washing!
Store bannetons away from humid environments and ensure that air can circulate freely between each banneton. You could consider the top of your refrigerator or simply use a kitchen shelf.
Due to substantial increases in order volumes and impact on shipping related to the worldwide pandemic deliveries are approx. two to four weeks, depending upon the destination country. We are currently unable to anticipate or predict unexpected delays that may occur as a result of pandemic related restrictions or surges in shipping volumes.