A few months ago I purchased my first brotform. A brotform (german for ‘bread form’) is a proofing basket used for rising bread. Usually, one uses this term for a specific style of proofing basket where the basket is made by forming a spiral out of reed. While proofing, flour is used to coat the brotform. The flour helps the crust to dry, allowing a wetter dough to hold its shape. It also keeps the dough from sticking to the basket. The side effect is a lovely design imprinted on the bread.
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Today, I don’t have a recipe to post (I didn’t measure as I made the bread yesterday) but I wanted to post this shot because the bread turned out so nice. This bread is a rustic bread (meaning, that it doesn’t have things like oil, eggs, or milk in it) but it’s a commercial yeasted bread, not a sourdough. What’s your favorite bread recipe?