A Banneton is a proofing basket used to proof bread and obtain its shape. The cane material gives the bread perfect micro-climate to rise properly. Please note that the Banneton can solely be used to proof dough; it does not go in the oven. Here is how to use your Banneton for the first time and how to maintain it.
With the help of a spray bottle, fill it with warm water and give your Banneton a few sprays. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.
You can also pass a damp cloth around your basket. (Never submerge in water)
Dust it lightly with rice flour. This is a non-glutinous flour, which aids in preventing any moisture accumulation in the nooks and crannies of your basket. You can use a small sifter for this step.
Tap out any excess rice flour.
When ready to use, dust it with regular flour before placing your dough inside. This will prevent the dough from sticking to the basket.
If you want to keep your Banneton for a long time, it is crucial that you clean it each time. (We suggest a scrubby) When you start seeing clumps of dough and flour accumulating, repeat steps 1 to 3.
When your ball of dough is rising, cover it with a 100% linen cloth or 100% cotton bowl-cover, in order to keep the humidity.