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Old 05-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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A Very British Brotform

Here in the UK, artisan bakers use a baking bowl called a brotform to leave a pattern in bread dough, which gives a signature look to the finished loaf.

These bowls are traditionally made from rattan cane & shipped in to the UK from China or Indonesia. There's a wood pulp alternative, but we ship them from overseas too.

I've started a project to produce a more sustainable, British version, using UK workforces all the way.

So a question for UK residents only - as I can't consider shipping internationally just yet (tiny operation) - as a baker, would you like to use a British product instead, providing it was no more expensive?

Thanks.

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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A question from across the pond. Is it possible for the bottom (top of the loaf) to have a signature mark such as the name of the bakery there? Or could that be something down the line? I was thinking something along the line of a clay piece with the name written in backwads to be placed in the basket. Good luck in your endeavor to create a home made product and keeping the money at home.
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A question from across the pond. Is it possible for the bottom (top of the loaf) to have a signature mark such as the name of the bakery there? Or could that be something down the line? I was thinking something along the line of a clay piece with the name written in backwads to be placed in the basket. Good luck in your endeavor to create a home made product and keeping the money at home.
Hi. Yeah, I looked into that. If it is possible, it'll be way down the line, as it's a micro MICRO business project right now, and that would involve extra tooling costs....

I came up with the idea because I bake every day, but couldn't find a British alternative to this kind of bowl...
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Brotform is British?
Brotforms, Brotformen or Bannetons
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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No, I think the word Brotform is German, and Banneton is French.

The point is, mine will be a very British brotform....
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To be fair Breadstead didn't say it was British .
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