How to create your own proofing box

I know making your own bread and yeast risen products can be such a pain in the bum. But it’s such a wonderful thing baking your own bread. By creating a proofing box, a humid area in which your bread can rise in, just like what some professional bakeries have, it makes proving bread that little bit easier. If I had known this trick yonks ago, I would of made bread more often. But then again, it’s never too late to start.
So this proofing box is so simple.
Preheat the oven to 180°C before your about to start.
When you have mixed all the bread ingredients together, turn off the oven and begin the kneading process. Boil up some water and place it in a roasting tray at the bottom of the oven. Put the bowl or tray with the bread in it on the middle shelf close the door and allow to prove. So simple and I get perfectly risen bread every time.

Oh So Sweet Baker x

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  1. […] Prepare your proofing box. Combine yeast, water and 1tbsp of the sugar and leave to ferment. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and set aside. Whisk the butter and egg with the fermented yeast mixture for a minute on medium speed. Pour into the dry ingredients and using a dough hook, mix on a medium speed for 3 minutes. The dough should leave the side of the bowl and slightly sticky. Continue to knead by hand until when the dough is slightly pressed, it slowly springs back. Place dough in a clean bowl and cover with greased cling film and place in your proofing box. Meanwhile, peel and core the apple and finely dice. Combine with the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and cook till the apples are slightly tender. Drain the juice and allow to cool. To test the dough to see if it’s ready, press down slightly and it should spring back up quicker than before (I check the dough every 10 minutes) Roll out dough to about 21cm by 30cm. Cut 2 lines across the width and 6 times length ways. Place a small bit of the apple mix in the centre and fold over. Place the dough back into the proofing box while you heat up the oil to 180°C in a small saucepan, 1/2 filled ( if you don’t have a deep fryer). If you don’t have a thermometer place a small piece of dough in the oil. It should start going golden brown after a few seconds. Fry the doughnuts on each side for approx 4 mins in small batches. Drain on a kitchen towel. While the doughnut is still warm coat in cinnamon sugar. When you have fried the doughnuts TUCK IN!!!! […]

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