Sport a gorgeous pattern. Artisan loaves take their shape from a traditional coiled cane brotform. Your loaves can, too. When dough is risen, turn it out onto a pan to bake. Loaf will sport a gorgeous pattern of floury rings circling the deep-golden crust.
What you get
9" coiled cane brotform holds rising dough. Brotform will hold 3-to-5-cup flour recipe.
Care & storage
Our round Dough-Rising Basket or brotformen fashioned of coiled willow reeds, takes form in the traditional beehive shape. If you’ve visited Germany, you may have noticed stacks of round, striated loaves on the counter and in the windows of country bakeries; these are made with the help of a brotformen or dough-rising basket.
To use your dough-rising basket: Make a 3 cup-of-flour bread dough by hand or on the dough cycle of your bread machine. (if you’re using all or mostly whole grains — whole wheat, rye, pumpernickel — you can use up to 4 cups of flour.) When the dough has risen once, remove it from the bowl or bucket, gently expel the air, and shape it into a ball. Rub flour all over your dough-rising basket, bottom and sides; do this over your flour bucket or the wastebasket, as much of the flour will sift through. When your dough-rising basket is well-floured, place the dough, “nice” side down, into it, and drape it with lightly greased plastic wrap; the following recipe gives further instructions.
Cleaning and maintenance: Your dough-rising basket should not need much cleaning. Simply shake the excess flour out after each use, and if dough has stuck to it, wait till it dries, then use a stiff brush to take it off. If for some reason you need to clean your basket, use a stiff brush and warm water (no soap), and allow it to dry at room temperature. Your basket was made with thick strips of willow, partially dried, then coiled, then fully dried. Thin metal nails and, in some places, staples are used to keep the coiled strips in place. As with any hand-crafted item, no two are exactly alike, and sometimes the end of one of these nails or staples may protrude; if this happens, simply take a pair of pliers and bend the end back toward the basket.