Passionate bakers know that creating fresh, hand-made loaves is rewarding both as an act of craftsmanship and a culinary delight. With wholesome, pure ingredients home bakers can create healthier, tastier made-from-scratch breads, pizzas and more that far surpass store-bought versions.
A proofer creates a low-heat, humidity-controlled environment used in bread and pastry baking to provide the ideal conditions for the fermentation of yeast. However, the Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer can also be used to make yogurt, melt and temper chocolate, soften butter and more.
Most modern ovens do not control temperature accurately below 200°F/93°C. Even using oven lights for heating can result in overheating the dough and developing off flavors or killing the yeast. The risen dough should immediately be placed in a hot oven to achieve the best results, so the oven must be pre-heated while the dough is rising in a separate proofer.
Home bakers have resorted to makeshift styrofoam coolers with light bulbs, bathroom showers and other (sometimes dangerous) contraptions trying to create the perfect proofing environment. Professionals with more space and money often invest in industrial ovens or cabinets. But until now, there has been no convenient countertop or folding proofer made specifically for home bakers.
No, your proofer is not a bread machine. It is a proofing environment for the fermenting and rising of yeast dough. Purists and novice bakers alike will tell you higher-quality, more delicious loaves are made with a controlled proofing environment and a separate oven. There is little comparison between the improved texture and taste of hand-made bread and that of a machine-made loaf.
There are a number of gluten free yeast bread recipes available that will work well in the Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer. See our “Bread and More” section for some helpful links.
All of the removable parts on your Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer are dishwater safe (not the electronic heating base). Barring accidental spills, however, your proofer can function quite well with just an occasional wipe with a wet cloth. Please see your manual for details.
Recipes and techniques for rising yeast dough vary widely. Unless directed otherwise by your recipe, 85F (29C) is a safe starting temperature. It’s helpful to know that a dough at 85F will rise almost twice as fast as one at 70F. Ultimately, your final results are more important than the exact temperature set point.
Yes. The display on the control panel indicates the temperature set point. To switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, press and hold both “Temperature Up” button and the “Temperature Down” buttons at the same time for two seconds. See your manual for a visual guide.
Use the simple “Temperature Up” and “Temperature Down” buttons on the control panel to select your temperature. Please see the manual for full directions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends a safe food holding temperature of 140°F/60°C. Your proofer’s heat ranges from 70°F to 120°F (21°C to 49C). It is not a hot food storage system. However, you can conveniently heat and hold plates for hot meal service.
If necessary, wipe the housing and metal heating plate with a mild detergent solution. Do not use chemical or abrasive cleaners, polishers, etc. Do not immerse the appliance in water or place it under running water.
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