A Wooden "couche" and a question
I have been looking for a proofing basket at the local Goodwill, -a nice long,thin basket would do nicely- when I came across a hand carved 18" piece of wood in the shape of a boat or canoe. Perfect! It had a nice rounded interior and it was totally unfinished. It looked/felt like a nice piece of maple. SOmeone's unfinished craft project. A few minutes with sandpaper and it was ready to use.
BUT-here's my question. I have never worked with a couche so my question may come from inexperience. A linen couche is generously dusted with flour so the dough doesn't stick. I did generously dust this with flour which, of course, didn't stick so there were a few places the dough stuck. Is there a suggested treatment when using a wooden bowl to proof dough? Or should I generously dust my loaf with flour before placing in the wooden vessle? Is there any treatment that does NOT include a cloth liner?
The loaf turned out exactly as I wanted but I had a few anxious minutes wondering if I'd get it out of the "boat" without deflating it.