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 naturally leavened breads.
BakeryBits has baskets of cane, wicker, wood-fibre and washable plastics, from the traditions of various countries and more modern production techniques. Each style has its benefits and its avid followers!
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