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Banneton or Similar - Difference

Jezella's picture

Banneton or Similar - Difference

Now that I'm getting more serious over this bread baking game I'm considering either Lined Wicker Proving Baskets, Round Cane Banneton or Wood-Fibre Brotforms from bakerybits. I can see that prices are different as is obvious. What I can figure out is the benefits of one kind or the other. The Wicker Basket appeals most from an exterior aesthetic point. The Cane I feel may be the most practical and in the case of Wood-Fibre, I think yuck - man made product.

What are the benefits between one and the next?

hungryscholar's picture

I haven't used the Wood-Fibre so I'd also be curious to know how they work out. I have used both can bannetons and lined wicker baskets- I think the main difference is in the attractive pattern you get from an unlined banneton. Once it's lined I don't think it matters much what the basket is made of. It seems like the price for these is quite variable, especially depending on whether the intended use is for proving loaves or baskets for restaurants to serve bread.

Grenage's picture

I mainly use cane bannetons; I received a wood-fibre banneton as a well-meaning Christmas present.

I don't use liners, and fine the cane baskets to be excellent.  I must confess to not having tried the fibre basket, because it doesn't feel very nice.  It feels more absorbant and less durable - my gut instinct screams "nooooo" when I pick it up.  I appreciate that this is possibly the most unscientific comparison ever made.

Hell, if you live in the UK, I'll send you it for the cost of the postage!  Regarding wicker/cane baskets, don't rule out things you find in charity shops or car-boot sales.  It is, at the end of the day, just a basket that's about the right size.

leedodge's picture

You serious Grenage? I'd gladly take the wood fibre banneton off your hands for the cost of the postage.

I've used some and have never had an issue with dough sticking (as it occasionally can with a cane or wicker banneton). OK the loaf doesn't look as artisan (and the ones you get with a picture - heart, sun, mill etc. - are really just a novelty and aren't noticeable on the loaf once baked) but I teach bread making workshops so the easier it is for the dough to come out of the banneton the less disheartened the student will be.

For my own use I swear by cane bannetons.

Anyway, let me know what the postage costs, via private message, along with your details, and I'll sort out transferring the payment to you.