linen lined baskets
When I was in France a few months ago I bought a few linen lined baskets - some round, some oval - most with obvious linen lining. But the one I've just used for the first time - a BIG round one easily up to holding a two kilo miche, had a very fine linen liner - almost like silk. It wouldn't really absorb any flour, so I covered the shaped loaf itself fairly liberally with flour instead, before putting it in the couche. The loaf popped out SO EASILY - I think it might be a polyester lining!! But it works so well! Onto a round baking tin and into a cold oven - amazing oven spring and I am delighted with the result.
However - I wouldn't like to use it to drop a loaf into a HOT (NYT) casserole -if it made contact I think it might melt! Anyone else had experience of synthetic couche liners???