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Use & Care of Cane Brotform Baskets

A brotform, or banneton, is a mold used for the rising (proofing or proving) of bread dough.

The basket coils and flour dusting provide a beautiful shape and decor for a traditional hearth loaf.

Wood baskets are made by hand. They have imperfections that are normal in a natural, unfinished wood product, and which enhance the look of your finished loaf.

Wicker Brotform Baskets 
Initial Treatment:

- Spray the inside of the baskets lightly with Baker's Joy, or a similar grease dust.

To Use:

- Flour the brotform and place the kneaded dough in the basket to rise.

- Once it has sufficiently risen, unmold the loaf and transfer it onto a baking sheet for the oven.


- Shake and brush out excess flour after every use.
- Let baskets air-dry thoroughly before stacking or storing them.

- A few times each year, when used on a regular basis, place in the oven at 250°F together with a bowl of water, for about 20 minutes.
- Let baskets air-dry thoroughly before stacking or storing them.

- Wash basket with a brush and hot water every six months or so.
- After such washings, let it air-dry before storing, and spray with Baker's Joy before using.

bread molded in a triangular brotform basketTips:

1 Cup Converted to Weight:
All Purpose Flour 1 cup = 125 grams
Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup = 120 grams
Bread Flour 1 cup = 127grams
Rye Flour 1 cup = 102 grams
Buckwheat Flour 1 cup = 95 grams

Weigh flour:
    8-12 oz to yield about a Lb,
    16-20 oz for 2 Lbs,
    28-32 for 3-4 Lb.

Knead the dough by hand, or with a bread machine, or mixer.

For better texture and crust, many bakers let the dough rise in a greased bowl first, and then transfer it into the Brotform for the second and final rise.

· As you experiment with your recipe, remember that the day's weather, quality of the yeast, type of flour, and quantity of whole grains used can greatly influence the final rise of your bread.

· Do not use the Brotform basket for baking the loaf. Use it only for the rising.

cane used to make brotform baskets
Cane used to make Brotform Baskets

Weight of Loaf:

The following weights of loaves are based on Rye flour or Mixed-Grain Rye with up to 40% Wheat.
If your bread has more than 50% Wheat flour, use the next larger size.
For Heavy Multi-Grain Breads use the next smaller size.

High Round 6.6" 1.1Lb ( 500g)
High Round 7.8" 2.2Lb (1000g)
Round 8" 1.1Lb (500g)
Round 9.25" 2.2Lb (1000g)
Round 10.5" 4.4Lb (2000g)
Round 11.75" 5.5Lb (2500g)
Round Ring 10.4" 1.65Lb (750g)
Double Round 10.25"x6" 1.1Lb (500g)

Square 7.8" 1.1Lb (500g)
Square 9.8" 3.3Lb (1500g)
Rectangular 11.6"x6" 2.4Lb (1100g)
Rectangular 13.25"x5.6" 2.2Lb (1000g)
Rectangular 17"x6.5" 4.4Lb (2000g)
Rectangular 18"x 3.4" 1.1Lb (500g)

Triangle 6.4" 1.1Lb (500g)
Triangle 9" 2.2Lb (1000g)

Oval 8.6"x4.4" 1.1Lb (500g)
Oval 8.5"x5.38" 0.55Lb (250g)
Oval 10.8"x6.6" 1.65Lb (750g)
Oval 12.8" 5.6" 2.65Lb (1200g)
Woven Oval 8.8"x5.2" 1.1Lb (500g)

Diamond 10.4" 1.1Lb (500g)
Diamond 13.8" 3.3Lb (1500g)

Slideshow - Nadia Makes a Brotform Loaf