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Equipment

How to get the best from artisan baking equipment

  1. Have You Tried Whoopie Pies?

    Have You Tried Whoopie Pies?
    Have you tried them? Whoopie Pies are easy to make and very versatile, simply a pair of small sponge cakes glued together with a filling and, if desired, topping.
  2. Wood-fired Oven Installation Part 1

    Wood-fired oven image Using wood for heat is close to my heart as we use it in our biomass boiler to heat our home. It is a sustainable material which is largely underutilised and undervalued in this country. So, why not wood-fired ovens? It gives bread, pizza and other roasted foods unique qualities unmatched by conventional ovens. Read More
  3. Marvellous Malt-Loaf

    Marvellous Malt-Loaf
    I've always loved malt-loaf - the bought stuff I'm afraid - but only as I have never been able to make my own that comes close to that moist malty flavour that when spread with butter makes a delicious snack perfect for taking on a walk to bridge to gap before reaching the pub.
  4. Choosing and Using Cane Proving Baskets

    What is a Proving Basket? The proving basket, known in France as a Banneton and in Germany as a Brotform - and all three in English is used to support the bread dough while it proves just before it is baked. They give support the hand-shaped dough which is particularly important with doughs with a high water content and with slow-proving naturally-leavened breads. Read More
  5. Cane Proving Baskets

    Cane Baskets Cane Baskets are the most popular proving baskets at BakeryBits. They give an attractive, traditional swirl pattern to the bread, a hallmark of artisan bread. They come in a few, simple shapes including round, oval and baton or baguette and are listed by the nominal amount of dough they are intended for. So, a 500g round banneton, is designed to hold about 500g of dough, 1kg for 1kg dough and so on (exact quantities depend on the specific recipe you choose, but this is a good guide). Read More
  6. Basic Equipment

    Artisan bread-making is an extremely rewarding and traditional craft using natural leaven to raise the dough and create fantastically tasty sourdough breads! So how do you get started? Read More
  7. Frequently Asked - What Size Proving Basket?

    We are often asked about the size of baskets that customers should go for and  whether the weight given with the proving basket description is the weight of the basket, the dough or the amount of flour to use for that basket. How much dough will the banneton hold? Read More
  8. Wicker Proving Baskets

    Wicker Proving BasketsWicker Baskets are a traditional, wicker proving basket, lined with a linen cloth. At BakeryBits we keep these in various sizes and shapes, the weight indicating the weight of the dough that the basket is designed for. This is a nominal weight as some doughs are denser than others - although it's a pretty good guide Read More
  9. Choosing and Using Wicker Proving Baskets

    Wicker Baskets Wicker Baskets are a traditional, wicker proving basket, lined with a linen cloth. At BakeryBits we keep these in various sizes and shapes, the weight indicating the weight of the dough that the basket is designed for. This is a nominal weight as some doughs are denser than others - although it's a pretty good guide Read More
  10. Brilliant Brioche with Angus McCaig

    Brilliant Brioche with Angus McCaig
    Brioche is a simple yet versatile bread, perfect for making into different shapes and providing a good base for additional flavours. We've teamed up with Angus McCaig, Head Chef at The Holt, Honiton, to create an authentic brioche baguette recipe.