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Bannetons

For the best-looking bread, put your dough in a (proofing) basket.

By Published Nov. 5, 2021

Top Picks

Best Overall (Round)

Breadtopia Round Bread Proofing Basket and Round Proofing Basket Liner

Best Overall (Oval)

Breadtopia Oval Bread Proofing Basket and Oval Proofing Basket Liner

Also Great

King Arthur Baking Company Brotform and Liner Set

Easiest to Use (Round)

The Flourside Wood Pulp Banneton, Round with Weave (LG)

Easiest to Use (Oval)

The Flourside Wood Pulp Banneton, Oval with Spiral (LG)

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What You Need To Know

Our favorite round and oval bannetons and their corresponding round and oval liners are made by Breadtopia. These rattan bannetons and cotton liners sometimes take a few uses to acquire the “seasoning” that allows them to release dough easily, but we ultimately prefer them because they allow us to decorate the bread in different ways. If the Breadtopia models are out of stock, we al...

Everything We Tested

Good : 3 stars out of 3.Fair : 2 stars out of 3.Poor : 1 stars out of 3.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.