Baking Recipes and Advice

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Malted Ingredients in Bread Baking

    Slashed loafIf you make bread then you will usually use the basic ingredients, flour, or a combination of your choice; water; a little salt and yeast (be that fresh, fried, sourdough, a backing ferment or whatever). You might, if using a bread machine, or if you want a more cake-like bread, add some milk, egg or oils to the dough. Then perhaps some seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, poppy or sesame. There is a range of other, wholesome ingredients that most bakers, especially those who bake at home are not aware of: these are malted ingredients. Read More
  4. Proving Baskets

    Proving or Proofing baskets (called Brotformen by the Germans and Bannetons by the French - and all four by the English), are used to support the bread dough while it proves just before it is baked. They support the hand-shaped dough during the final prove; this is particularly important with doughs with a high water content and with slow proving...
  5. Malted Ingredients

    Slashed loafIf you make bread then you will usually use the basic ingredients, flour, or a combination of your choice; water; a little salt and yeast (be that fresh, fried, sourdough, a backing ferment or whatever). You might, if using a bread machine, or if you want a more cake-like bread, add some milk, egg or oils to the dough. Then perhaps some seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, poppy or sesame. There is a range of other, wholesome ingredients that most bakers, especially those who bake at home are not aware of: these are malted ingredients. Read More
  6. Sekowa Backferment

    Sekowa Spezial Backferment or baking ferment is a German bread-proofing product or ferment containing natural yeasts and enzymes and an alternative to commercial fast-acting engineered yeasts. The resultant bread has an excellent crust and non-sourdough flavour but gives a similar wild-yeast soft, open crumb that keeps well. Read More