My makeshift portable proofing bag
I have seen posts from the good folks on TFL posting various ways to proof their dough when the weather becomes too cold for their dough to rise and there were some very clever suggestions but which involved a degree of electrical know-how and handywork, both of which I lack. So I came up with a very economical foam padded cooler bag (under US$5.00) for transporting cakes that needs to be kept cool from my local baking DIY shop which also fits my 2.5 qt/2.4 litre mixing bowl nicely. I have a very old buckwheat neck pillow which can be heated up in the microwave for a couple of mins and stays fairly warm for at least half an hr.or more and I can either leave this inside the cooler bag to warm up the interior before putting in the bowl with the dough or if direct contact wiht the glass is not recommended, then I can leave the bag to rest on top of the pillow. I've not tested this yet as the weather is still comfortably cool here in HK but just in case we are hit with some very cold weather where the temp falls to 5-8C this may become quite handy.