Bread in a Proving Basket

Hybrid workshop combining basketry with bread making

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  • Bread in a Proving Basket
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If the scheduled workshop dates are not suitable for you, ask us for an additional date. We will try and accommodate your request where possible.

Workshop Overview

This exciting workshop incorporates the skill of basketmaking with the skill of bread making. You will make a willow banneton that you will use to prove your bread dough. Bannetons are handy for keeping a shape when proving dough. Then, once your bread has been baked, you will be able to serve it on the willow tension tray/platter that you will also make. Gill will guide you through the basketmaking element of the day. She is an exceptional basketmaker with a talent for sharing her passion for this heritage craft. She uses willow because it is a strong, natural material that is sustainable and widely available. She also grows her own willow enabling her to work with many exciting colours of rod which makes her work visually exciting. Gill is a keen bread maker. Jan Williams will be taking the lead for the bread making part of the workshop. Jan has many years experience of teaching young people to bake and she has also worked with willow.  This fun packed workshop will also make a wonderful gift experience if you are looking to buy a present for someone special.

Bread in a Proving Basket

What You Will Learn

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During this workshop, you will:

  • Handle willow safely;
  • Use willow work tools correctly and safely;
  • Discuss the way in which willow is prepared correctly for basketmaking;
  • Use simple weaving techniques to create a willow banneton;
  • Make a bread platter using the Catalan tension tray technique; 
  • Use safe kitchen practice (Health & Safety; Food Safety);
  • Prepare a bread dough;
  • Prove your dough in your finished banneton;
  • Bake your bread;
  • Serve your bread on your finished tension tray/platter; and
  • Discuss the care of your banneton and platter so that they provide many years of use.

What You Take Home

Bread in a Proving Basket
Bread in a Proving Basket
Bread in a Proving Basket
  • Bread in a Proving Basket
  • Bread in a Proving Basket
  • Bread in a Proving Basket

At the end of this workshop, you will take home your own willow banneton and a bread tension tray/platter, as well as your own loaf of homemade bread.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make your willow Banneton, bread tray/platter and bread loaf.;
  • Tea/Coffee and lots of cake;
  • Lunch (let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements);
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.
  • Bread in a Proving Basket
  • Bread in a Proving Basket
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This ‘Bread, Proving Basket and Platter’ workshop is suitable anyone with an interest in bread making and basketmaking. Also suitable for beginners.


Bread in a Proving Basket
Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Discussion on health and safety
10:30 introduction to basic tools and equipment
10:45 Mix and Knead bread dough for first rise
11:15 Tea and Cake
11:30 Make your willow banneton
12:30 Knock back bread dough and leave in your banneton for its second rise
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Bake Bread
14:15 Make a willow tension tray
15:00 Tea and cake
15:15 Finish your tension tray
15:45 Discuss how to look after your banneton and tray
16:00 Workshop finishes
Bread in a Proving Basket
Jan Williams

Janet Williams

Farmhouse Kitchen


This workshop is taught by Gill Jones and Jan Williams.