Why use a Proofing Basket to proof bread?
Why use a Proofing Basket?
You really don’t have to use one however they do help you get better results. The benefit of using a basket, especially with a liner, is that it allows the resting dough to develop a dried micro-layer all around the dough. This will enable a crispier crust and also creates a tight surface that allows you to easily use your lame to slice the design into the top of the dough.
Why use a lame?
A lame is basically a razor blade on a stick. The shape allows you to ‘flick’ your wrist and quickly slice the dough without tearing or pulling the dough. Making an incision in the dough helps the dough expand during cooking.
Why use a Dough Cutter?
Dough is sticky, sometimes really sticky. When you become familiar with a dough cutter it becomes an extension of your hand, much like a knife when cooking. It allows you to handle, shape, and cut the dough while it is fresh and quite wet.
Why use a Dough Whisk?
For much the same reason that you use a dough cutter; a dough whisk will do the job of incorporating your ingredients better than any other mixing tool and the sticky dough just slides off.