Folding Proofer

Published November 1, 2013. From Cook's Illustrated.

Overview:

If you have a cold, drafty kitchen and need a way to control the temperature at which your dough proofs (rises), the Brod & Taylor Folding Proofer ($148) offers a solution. This 10-inch-tall box provides a 12 by 15-inch surface large enough for a bowl of dough or two loaf pans. Its enclosed heating element lets you regulate the temperature while a small water pan creates a humid environment. We made a batch of bread dough and divided it in two, leaving half in the proofer and half in a cold oven with a pan of boiling water, the test kitchen method for replicating a proofer box. The oven temperature started at 95 degrees and then dropped to 80 degrees over 2 hours and 15 minutes, while the proofer held at 85 degrees (the temperature we set). The dough was equally well risen using both methods. The folding proofer offers two advantages: It allows you to use your oven for other purposes while your dough rises, plus it gives you precise temperature control. Hard-core bakers may want to splurge; the rest of us can simply use our… read more

If you have a cold, drafty kitchen and need a way to control the temperature at which your dough proofs (rises), the Brod & Taylor Folding Proofer ($148) offers a solution. This 10½-inch-tall box provides a 12 by 15-inch surface large enough for a bowl of dough or two loaf pans. Its enclosed heating element lets you regulate the temperature while a small water pan creates a humid environment. We made a batch of bread dough and divided it in two, leaving half in the proofer and half in a cold oven with a pan of boiling water, the test kitchen method for replicating a proofer box. The oven temperature started at 95 degrees and then dropped to 80 degrees over 2 hours and 15 minutes, while the proofer held at 85 degrees (the temperature we set). The dough was equally well risen using both methods. The folding proofer offers two advantages: It allows you to use your oven for other purposes while your dough rises, plus it gives you precise temperature control. Hard-core bakers may want to splurge; the rest of us can simply use our ovens.

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Brod & Taylor Folding Proofer

    This gadget lets you control the temperature at which dough rises and create a humid environment without having to use your oven. It does require some counter space but folds down to a height of 2 inches for easy storage. While it works as promised and is easy to use and clean, dough can be proofed in the oven with similar results.

    • Usefulness ★½
    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $148.00

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