In my previous post on How to bake your own wholewheat bread, I have not told you the whole story of my my bread experiments. The goal was to get the loaf done right, and the only way to figure out where I was going wrong with sourdough was to go back to the basics and use easier instant yeast. Once the output confirmed that my techniques and timings were right, I went back to my struggle with sourdough.
I encountered some major disasters with organic multigrain flour and decided never to buy it again and use what was left to feed my sourdough starter, or to make rotis or chappaties. When my sourdough bread didn’t work as expected, I ended up buying what I thought were the necessities shown on TV shows, namely the BBC series ‘Paul Hollywood’s Bread’. First I got myself a Kilner clip top jar just like the one owned by Paul Hollywood to grow and store my sourdough starter in. Then I ordered a banneton as that was advised for sourdough. This one cost me a pretty penny as it had to be imported from the UK.
So, in spite of me preferring my Lodge L4LP3 ridiculously expensive cast iron loaf pan -thanks again to International shipping and customs duties, I decided to try out using a banetton.
My banneton arrived from Etsy, and it was very well made from Rattan. Before using it, it was important to prepare it for use. After spending a while on Google and finding some videos and web pages, I was ready to start!
How to prepare a banneton for use:
Tools required : A water mister and a little flour.
This process is only for first use. When you next use the banneton, you can add more flour and repeat this exercise (No water needs to be sprayed)
However, if you have left your banneton idle for several months, you might need to scrape out the flour with a brush and repeat the whole process.
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