I have mentioned before that I often get the request to share recipes I try from Pinterest and more posts about cooking. So I recently had the opportunity to try and review this Banneton Proofing Basket for making Artisan Bread which also comes with a Danish dough wisk.
I thought bread making might be a fun thing to try, and it was a great way to spend some time with my niece on spring break. She is already a seasoned bread maker, so you I thought it would be great to give you the perspective of a newbie and that of a more experienced bread maker. As it turns out we both came to the same conclusions, but we will talk about that in a moment.
First let me tell you a little about the actual bowl (proofing basket). Its made of 100% all-natural hand-crafted cane, it’s food-safe, and it’s eco-friendly. It comes with a linen liner and with a 13” Danish dough whisk. It is used for making handmade artisan breads that need to rise. It is especially good for slow rising breads such as soda bread and sourdough bread.
We actually tried out two different recipes. First we made some Honey Buttermilk Bread that I found the recipe for on Pinterest. The original recipe comes from a blog called Restless Chipotle, make sure you check it out. We also tried out a pretzel recipe my niece had, but I am mainly going to focus on the bread recipe because I don’t have a way to link you to the second recipe, and I didn’t get all the pictures I needed.
So we started by gathering everything we needed to make the Honey Buttermilk Bread, including the Banneton Proofing Basket.
In addition to what’s in the picture we also used a mixing bowl and two bread loaf pans.
Once everything was mixed up, the dough was transferred over to the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket to let it rise.
This is where we started to run into some trouble. Perhaps trouble isn’t the right word, maybe I should say we might have misunderstood something. As I said at the beginning the bowl is supposed to be good for slow rising bread. That is direct from their sales page. To me, when I read that I just understood it to mean that it was especially good for that, not that it would make the dough rise slower. But that is exactly what seemed to happen with both of the recipes we tried. With the Honey Buttermilk Bread we checked it at the called for time…..
…and as you can see the dough had not fully risen. It ended up doubling our time on this dough to rise, and for the pretzel dough it at least tripled it.
When it finally had risen enough we separated the dough into the two pans.
And we cooked it and brought it out of the oven.
Now if you took a look at the links for the recipe then you know our bread turned out nothing like what it looked like there. This was supposed to be a light fluffy white bread. Something I imagine to be good for sandwiches. Instead ours obviously turned out to be very dense and much more like a banana bread. We had a similar experience with the pretzels. They both were still very good and tasty, just not what was expected.
We aren’t really sure what happened. I mean I may not be experienced at bread making, but I am a decent baker and cook otherwise. And my niece makes bread all the time. I am not sure if the bowl changed something we weren’t prepared for or if there was another factor we just haven’t thought of.
So here is our overall thoughts and extra information about the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket. As I said early on, we both pretty much came to the same conclusions despite having different experience levels. There are both positives and negatives to the Proofing Basket.
Here are the positives:
- We like the idea of having a dedicated bowl just for bread making
- We love the linen cover that is fitted. It makes it so much easier than trying to use dish towels.
- We love that it is eco friendly
Here are the negatives:
- We didn’t like that it made the dough rise so much slower
- What we didn’t know prior to receiving the bowl in the mail and reading the instructions is you can not wash this bowl. It also has a potential to grow mold which you have to use one of their methods to kill rather than wash. We both have a mold allergy, so we didn’t like this.
While there are both negatives and positives, at the end of the day, the negatives are just too big for us. Now this is not to say it’s not a good product or that you may have a different experience with it. I think we could have gotten past the dough rising slower, but the not being able to wash it, and the potential to grow mold is just too much for us.
If you are interested in trying the Yali’s Better Banneton Proofing Basket for yourself you can find it here on Amazon.
Tell me in comments below if you have tried this item before of something similar, and what did you think if you have.
I did receive this item at a deeply discounted price for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.