What is a proofing Couche?

A high quality baker’s couche is professional grade 100% flax linen that is natural, untreated and unbleached. It is used to support dough, especially baguette, during proofing. Linen is durable, flexible and light, and is the best material to proof bread.

What can I use instead of a Couche cloth?

If you don’t have a couche, you can evenly space your baguette dough on a piece of parchment. The form just may spread a little with no sides to hold it up.

How do you keep dough from sticking to couches?

I also liberally coat (not just dust) the fabric with flour when shaping and placing the loaves. My dough is 75% hydration and dries out nicely on the top, but whenever it touches anything (like the countertop), it sticks like the Dickens, even with flour underneath.

What is a dough proofing cloth?

Also known as a couche (pronounced koosh), also known as a proofing cloth. What is it and why do I use one? A proving cloth is a heavy, rough fabric that a baker uses to allow their freeform breads to rise on. Breads that are baked in pans can rise in those pans.

How do you wash a proofing cloth?

If you feel you need to wash it, use cold water and hang it to dry. The non-washing way to keep it clean: After using it, brush it off, then hang it to dry. If there are any bits of dough, let them dry first, then flake off with your fingers.

What is a proofing cloth used for?

Do I really need a proofing basket?

Although it’s nice to have a bread-proofing basket, it’s not necessary. There are many alternative ways to proof your bread, and if you want the results a proofing basket will give, you can improvise with what you have.

How do you prove baguettes without a baguette pan?

Make a couche (optional): If you do not have a baguette pan or couche, tear a piece of parchment paper that is 3 times the width of a rimmed baking sheet. Crinkle the paper, then flatten and fold into thirds lengthwise.

How do you prove baguettes?

Proof the baguettes, covered, on your baguette pan until they’re puffy looking, 30 to 40 minutes. Preheat your oven (and your baking stone, if you have one) to 450°F. Just before putting the loaves into the oven, slash the tops several times.

What kind of towel do you use to proof bread?

First of all, make sure the towel you’re using is a finely-woven, non-textured cotton cloth. Terry cloth or waffle-weave towels will end up sticking to the dough like crazy. A piece of canvas or linen works great, or even a large man’s handkerchief (clean and unused!).

Should I wash my Couche?

COUCHE CARE Cared for properly, washing is not necessary, there is nothing bacteria or mould can feed on.