Eric Rush is the CEO of the family business Breadtopia USA. Well, he's come up with his own designed and manufactured premium Bannetons that tick all the boxes.
The Breadtopia Banneton is made in the USA from an advanced, eco-friendly material composed of 30% recycled maple wood fiber and 70% certified food-safe, BPA and phthalate free polypropylene.
Eric say's ... Traditional rattan bread proofing baskets are great, but as with anything, they have their pluses and minuses. One of the primary issues that we hear about all the time is that wet dough can get stuck to them and when it does, it can be anywhere from somewhat to extremely difficult to clean it off.
Aside from the annoyance, we’re all now very much more conscious of sanitary food preparation, both in the home and especially in a food industry context. For bakeries, restaurants, and other volume users of rattan baskets, another annoyance is the necessity to allow them to dry completely after use before you stack them together for storage in order to avoid the promotion of mold.
We set out to solve all of these problems by designing and locally (USA) manufacturing a whole new concept in bread proofing baskets. We’ve leveraged advanced materials engineering using an eco-friendly composite material made of 30% recycled maple wood fiber and 70% certified food-safe, BPA and phthalate free polypropylene. It’s like plastic in all the good ways, but none of the bad ways. It’s amazing stuff with a really nice, natural hand-feel. It’s rigid yet flexible, extremely durable, and should last forever.
You can rinse the bannetons to clean out or even put in top rack of your dishwasher.
We spent a good couple of years going back and forth with engineers and industrial designers getting the shape of the baskets just right. There were subtle limits in the interaction between the relief of the grooves and the angle of the walls. Too much relief and the walls flared too much. Not enough and we didn’t get the nice, cosmetic flour lines on our proofed dough. I have a file with a zillion images like this one. We tested an endless retinue of 3D-printed prototypes until we finally refined our way to designs that worked for both the manufacturing process and for proofing bread dough.
Wet dough capacity weight: recommended 800 – 1130 grams (meaning you can fill the banneton with this amount of wet dough weight. The wet dough weight is the weight of all the ingredients inc water).
Measures 228mm inside diameter at the rim
Cleaning Instructions: Rinse with water. Or put your banneton in the top rack of your dishwasher - but rinse off excess dough and flour residue first.
Breadtopia Bread Lame: Pair up with a genuine Breadtopia Bread Lame (also designed and manufactured by handy Eric). Handle is resin based and comes in a box (along with a pack of 5 x blades) which makes them a great gift for bread bakers. Its a very nice lame and works well.
Please note these are NZ Distributor products (not Brod & Taylor) and for sale in New Zealand only.