Bannetons and Bread

I bought myself some new kitchen toys to help w/ my bread baking experiments. I did a lot of shopping around at various kitchen stores in St. Louis but couldn’t find a banneton for an affordable price – most places were charging around $40 for a single round one. I found a store online that sold me four bannetons of various shapes and sizes for just over $40 (the price included tax, shipping and an $8 wholesale charge for purchases under $50). I love my new toys!

I used the smallest round banneton a couple of days ago while I attempted to resolve the problem I’ve been experiencing w/ a bread recipe. I didn’t resolve the problem of the bread bursting open at a slash point and altering the shape, but I like the way the boule looks when using a banneton despite it being malformed! On attempt #6 of this recipe I extended the final proof to 4 hours and baked the bread at 460 degrees F for 36 minutes. I’m going to put this recipe on the shelf until Spring and warmer ambient kitchen temperatures in hopes to finally get the results I’m seeking. Until then I’ll experiment w/ new recipes using my new toys…

Happy Baking!

Bruno

2 Responses to “Bannetons and Bread”


  1. 1 Doug Diboll

    I’m sure that the bread tasted just fine. I’m finding more and more that specialty items like bannetons are unfortunately easier to find and less expensive online.

  2. 2 brunosdream

    Hi Doug,

    The bread did have a delicious flavor and a nice crunchy crust, but as noted the shape was a bit off. I agree, it would be nice to not have to scout the internet to find specialty items at a reasonable price.

    Cheers!

    Bruno

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