New toys! I just got some new toys!
My honey and I have certain types of stores we consider our toy stores: those include computer stores, hardware stores, yarn/fabric and hobby stores, kitchen stores....
In our travels I had been looking for a new Banneton proofing basket. It's used for the second rise of bread to form the loaf with distinctive rings. After seeing them in the stores for a ridiculous price, I found just what I wanted on Amazon.
I don't use the proofing basket often since I usually divide dough into smaller quantities to be able to share with others, but it is nice to have to prepare a pretty loaf when serving a large group of people.
There are also plastic proofing baskets that produce the same rings on the dough while it is rising. I think I need some new ones of those, too. :)
While I was ordering the proofing basket, I replaced my bread pans that are perfect for making 4 half loaves.
The form and pans arrived quickly so I had to use them right away.
Pictured is my Cream Cheese and Chives Bread recipe.
In addition to bread pans, you can bake bread in just about anything that is oven safe such as pie pans, corning ware, or other casserole dishes. I'm sure I've used just about everything that is oven safe in my kitchen to bake bread at one time or another.
You don't have to have special toys, but it sure is fun.