If you’re baking your own bread at home and want to create more evenly shaped loaves, a bread proofing basket may be just what you need. By supporting the dough as it proves, a bread proofing basket—also known as a banneton—can help loaves develop a uniform shape in their final rise. These baskets come in different shapes and sizes, and they can be used with or without a liner, depending on whether you want to create a smooth texture or see the pattern of the basket on the loaf. We’ve pulled together a few different options to help you find the right one for your kitchen. When choosing a bread proofing basket, consider size, shape, additional pieces included, and price.