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URGENT: Treating brotforms

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Srishti

URGENT: Treating brotforms

Hello all,

I am about to start final-proofing my dough in my new frotform.....

The directions say I need to treat them first with "Baker's Joy" or a similar "Grease dust" ???What does that mean?

Can I just oil them?

Let me know fassssssssst.....

Thanks all you so much

Srishti

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sphealey

Do you mean the ones made of willow or cane? The standard advice is _not_ to treat them with oils of any type (including Baker's Joy, which is a spray containing oil and flour).

Getting the dough not to stick to the brotform is a bit of an art, and I can't say I have fully succeeded yet. Most authorities recommend a light dusting of flour (some say rice flour). Raw bran flakes are said to work as well. In any case you don't want to contaminate the surface with oil.

sPh

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Srishti

Thanks for your reply,

I think mine are cane! This is where I bought them from... And on the bottom of the page they have the instructions to grease them.... :(

http://www.fantes.com/brotforms.htm

What do you think?

I think I'll just flout the baskets and put the dough in???? What do u think?

 

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sphealey

Those are very nice from the pictures!

All the advice I have read says dry coating only - usually flour. Perhaps others on the list can chime in?

sPh

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mattie405

I have never heard of greasing Brotforms or Bannetons, I don't think it would be a good idea as they would probably go rancid after a while. Mine are a few years old now but I only use regular AP flour on them, this past week I tried using rice flour and it seems to let the dough release even easier and with less flour sticking to the dough. When I shaped my ball of dough I gave it a coating of rice flour and placed it in the brotform that had been coated with regular AP flour, it was the first time that my dough released completely and had not one little bit stick, usually I get one bit to stick which makes my loaf deflate when I try to get the dough out of the form, coating it lightly with the rice flour seemed to make it release great and all the AP flour fell off the loaf when I took it out of the form, usually the loaf was heavily coated with AP when I took it out. I was very happy with the result the rice flour gave. Mattie

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Srishti

Thanks you all for the advice on the brotforms!!! I just floured them and they are almost done proofing! So let's see if they stick or not!
For next time I'll go buy some rice flour.
Thanks again! :)

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qahtan

 Ooh, ouch, no please don't oil them.....

 I dust mine with rice flour, leave to dry out before putting them away, then give it a very good brush out every so often and leave to air dry..... qahtan

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Srishti

thanks :)

I didn't oil them... Phew!!!!!!

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Jerry

Take a look at the videos at: breadtopia.com for one way of using a brotform. I line mine with Reynolds Release foil. Jerry in Seattle

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Paddyscake

of brotforms. Glad you didn't oil them. I got them 2 weeks ago and have had excellent results using rice flour. I have found that you may get an area with a blop of flour, just use a soft pastry brush to rid the excess. To clean : I've only done sourdough in them and find you need to let them sit and dry out a bit to knock the flour out. I retard in the fridge in food grade plastic and the condensation makes the flour hard to clean, until they dry out. You then can give them a rap and they are good to go. Enjoy..

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Srishti

Thanks so much all of you!!!

The loaves turned out beautiful, I'll put up some pics tomorrow!