Rattan banneton, large oval, 1.5kg
An oval rattan cane bread raising and forming basket for perfect flour striped lightly ribbed loaves. We were once able to source these made in Germany, however since Indonesia introduced a ban on exports of raw rattan cane they are all now produced in the far east — rattan though is an interesting cash crop, for it requires mature forest for its cultivation thus has been encouraged by some conservationists as a more sustainable alternative to logging. The bannetons should be dusted with flour, the dough placed inside, covered, and left to rise, before being turned out for baking. Best cleaned with a dry stiff brush, and stored separated to avoid damp, and prevent mould. Every 2-3 months the baskets can be sterilised in an oven of 130 Celcius for 45 minutes, which should loosen of flour residue. 40cm by 16cm by 7.5cm high, for a 1.5kg loaf.