Having previously bodged the proofing of a few loaves using the ‘tea towel in a bowl’ method, I decided to treat myself to a proper proofing basket (or two) once we got to France. I assumed this nation’s love for bread would make it easier to find things like this, possibly even in a ‘real life’ shop.
But I was wrong.
It seems the French love bread so much, that you can buy good bread almost everywhere and people don’t need to bake their own. Unlike the UK, where buying quality bread is so difficult that a whole army of home bakers have been inspired to take up the artisan reigns. Even the big supermarkets here only stock a fraction of the bread flour on offer at a smaller UK supermarket.
So while I found a ‘real life’ shop that would sell me a professional deck oven for several thousands Euros (let’s not get carried away with this baking yet!), I had to resort to the trusty Internet to buy my baskets, or ‘Banneton’ as I now know they are called.
I found a few places in France, but the prices were higher than in the UK, and what really surprised me was that delivery was cheaper from the UK than ordering directly from here. So the UK got the sale.
I bought from Bakery Bits who I shopped with while in the UK and can highly recommend; quick dispatch and quality products.
I’ll keep you posted on how the banneton work out.