It’s almost the end of summer.  Can I get a boooo?  Can I get a hissss?

There’s only one way to make this event even barely tolerable.  By giving away something that’ll make you look forward to fall.

proving cloth rough linen



This weekend I’m giving away one of my Rough Linen bread proving cloths.




Because if there’s one thing that can get me excited about fall it’s baking bread.

Walking outside on a chilly morning, gold leaves floating to the ground, and lighting the cob oven.  It’s heaven.

Until, you know, I step in cat barf or something.


Of course you don’t need a cob oven to make freshly baked bread.  I make it in my regular oven all the time too.

It’s SO easy when you  use the bread making book I do, The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Seriously.  If you think that you’d love to make bread but it’s SUCH an ordeal, this book will change your mind the first time you make bread.

There’s no kneading. You do not knead.  The bread … does not need to be kneaded.

You mix up the dough, rip off as much as you want to bake, then leave the rest of the dough in the fridge until you want more.

So like, in 5 minutes.





The cookbook takes all the mystery, intimidation and time out of baking bread.

And my proving cloth makes it even easier.

Trying to raise a wet dough (and this cookbook creates a wet dough) on anything other than linen is kind of a struggle.  Even WITH linen it can be a struggle if you don’t know how to properly prepare your linen proving cloth.  Here’s my post on how to  prepare your proving cloth by the way.




So as I was saying, the one thing that might get you excited about fall is the idea of creating big crusty loaves of freshly bread on a crisp, cool morning.  In an attempt to whip you into an Autumn excitement frenzy, I’m giving away one of my proving cloths made in partnership with Rough Linen.

To enter, just let me know in the comment section, if you want a proving cloth because you’re an old hand at baking bread or you’re brand new to it!  This contest is open to EVERYONE IN THE WORLD.

If you just can’t wait to see if you won, you can buy your own Rough Linen / The Art of Doing Stuff proving cloth here for $20.

Have a great weekend and good luck.





  1. Cindy Stoll says:

    Yes! I have burned out one oven already baking bread and pizza at 500 degrees…I would love a linen baking cloth!

  2. Patricia Jaroslawski says:

    I love the 5 minute bread book! I don’t have a Cobb oven or a proving cloth, so either would be welcome ;).

    • tracij says:

      I have the whole grain 5 minute bread book and it is fantastic. My toddler loves to bake and eat bread. I’ve been on a no bread meal plan* for a month and am looking forward to reaching the stage in the plan where I can have some whole grain bread again! In the mean time, I’d like to get baking it again for the little guy and this will help!

      *following the Always Hungry book if anyone’s interested. It is actually amazing, for the first time in a long time I am not hungry all the time, am eating amazing food, and getting healthier while losing a little weight. And you get chocolate every day from day 1!

  3. brenda says:

    Just give me the F*#king cloth Karen.

  4. Sue says:

    I would really love a bread proving cloth – it just might be the thing I need to get myself back into being an enthusiastic bread maker again!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Love making homemade bread! I’ve spoiled my family 🙂

  6. Lynne says:

    What’s not to love about 5 minute bread ? This may turn me into a bread maker !

  7. Phyllis Phipps says:

    I seem to bake more bread in the winter months.

  8. Jeannie says:

    I donated my bread machine to Salvation Army today. I’m buying the book this evening. Maybe I’ll win the proving cloth tomorrow!

  9. Rosemary Burrows says:

    Love that bread book. So nice to just be able to get bread going late in the afternoon. Good for pizza as well. I would love a proofing cloth. Thanks for the giveaway, but don’t want to think about fall yet!

  10. Laura Biggs says:

    Never too late to learn how to bake bread. So either gift would be nice. Thanks!

  11. Joyce says:

    PLEASEEEE, I want a bread proving cloth, so I can try again!

  12. Jean in BC says:

    Ooh, I’d love a proving cloth – I could bake bread just like my Granny did 🙂

  13. Linda G says:

    Boo hiss to the end of summer. Leaves have been falling for the past week and a half. I love autumn, but not at the expense of any other season.
    My husband and the kids made challah dough in the bread machine, then we braided it and baked it in the oven. It all came together pretty easily, yet I’m still intimidated. Your proving cloth post was very interesting. Maybe reading it again will inspire me to be less of a wuss.

  14. Amy anderson says:

    I have baked bread for 40 plus years, in every kind of way, but I have never tried a linen proving cloth and I think it would be the next great kitchen adventure!

  15. Loralee Johnson says:

    I am a foodie that has never made bread! Shocking! You better give me that proving cloth so that I’ll be required to try it. 😉

    Instagram: Autodidactgirl (aka The Wannabe Foodie)

  16. Liz says:

    How great would that be?? I would love a proving cloth please and thanks 🙂
    Please enter me in the contest. I have baked bread, I do bake your bread now, loved the recipe so much bought the book and slowly working through all the variations. Thanks for the tips!
    Best Liz

  17. Jessica says:

    I have that same book – I use their basic recipe 95% of the time when I make bread. Would love a proving cloth!

  18. Biggi says:

    Oh yes please! On Saturday I’m heading to a remote fly-in community in Northern Ontario and it’s impossible to buy good bread there! So I would really love a proofing cloth to bake some spelt sourdough bread. It’ll be a first to bake on my own!

  19. Vee says:

    I enjoyed baking bread before I had arthritis in my wrists and hands. 5 minute no knead bread that rises in a cloth would be a blessing.

  20. Ruth says:

    I love the 5 minute method and now my daughter has me harboring a sourdough starter in my kitchen. I NEED a rough linen bread cloth. I MUST have it! (Good luck everybody! )

  21. Kayla says:

    Red rover red rover send Kayla one over.

  22. Brenda says:

    … all my seeds are stored in the oven … so I shopped for summer shoes and saved the boxes now the oven could be cleared out for fall garden produce making & baking … jams and pickles … and oo-la-la maybe some fresh bread … can we really blow out our ovens always cooking on high

    Raspberry Sounds to the end of summer !

  23. Gloria says:

    Fall is warm baked bread and homemade soup. Would love the cloth!

  24. Kim says:

    My husband makes bread. And it takes WAY longer than five minutes. I think he needs he cloth AND the cookbook.

  25. Olivia McKillop says:

    Just the motivation required to get back to bread making!

  26. Karen says:

    I used to bake all my bread the regular way. 6 or 7 loaves at a time. Then I got a bread maker and baked 1 loaf very often. Then a couple years ago discovered artisan bread which I love! I had never heard of a proofing cloth till I read your puts on how to prepare it. Now I really really want one. Preferably a free one?

  27. Haydée Skeet says:

    Oh pleeze Oh pleeeze Oh pleeeze!!
    I would love a Rough Linen Cloth. **Truthfully anything Rough Linen as I covet everything they have. One day I will have a complete set of beautiful sheets,. sigh**
    Until then I would adore tucking my dough in.
    I started baking yeast bread a few years ago after taking a “class” in a Mennonite friends kitchen. She refused to write a recipe, just taught how not to kill your yeast, to get the “feel” of a good dough and Drop The Dime! It was awesome!! I now make no knead breads all the time, and laugh at the rules. I don’t have a Cobb oven or a stone or a Dutch Oven and it still turns out great. Sadly not as wonderful as if I used a beautiful Rough Linen proofing cloth. ?

  28. Jodi Gates says:

    I Love Fall! And baking bread in the fall, but have never used a linen proving cloth!

  29. Marty Philpot says:

    I love baking bread, especially homemade cinnamon bread and caramel pecan rolls! But…..I’ve never had any success making French bread. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t murmur encouragingly to the yeast in cute little French phrases….or perhaps it was just the lack of a linen proving cloth in which to swaddle the loaves! I just know that winning this cloth would make me a better baker…..and human being…..not to mention bi-lingual! Zut alors! ???

  30. MJ Morris says:

    I used to make bread regularly every five years. And I REALLY like linen.

  31. Debbie says:

    Hi- I just got the book! So tomorrow morning I’m mixing up two batches, one for my good friend and one for me, and my (husband) he loves,loves ,loves bread.
    I would love a proving cloth!

  32. Michelle Clarke says:

    I started baking bread last year and so far have only mastered Challah. Ive tried 5 minute bread and didn’t have great success with it. I’d love the cloth to try again!

  33. I bake bread every week but it’s time to try some new things. I have a cloth so you needn’t put my name in the draw but that book looks interesting

  34. robert says:

    Just give it to me, you know you want to. Although I don’t really bake bread save the occasional croissants so maybe don’t

  35. Ruby says:

    you are just tooo funny! …and that photo of the bread and butter, slurp! Yep, gonna need that linen…

  36. Ardith says:

    Hi Karen, I love your beautiful cloth, but it would be wasted on me—seeing as how I haven’t tried to bake yeast bread since my early twenties (when I baked a doorstop instead). So I just wanted to say hello. Oh, and I’m hoping you are making good progress with and enjoying making your outdoor furniture. Cheers, Ardith

  37. Charlene says:

    I would love a proving cloth! I haven’t baked a loaf in years but think it’d be great to start up again. Although we are at last a month away from fall-like weather here in Texas. ?

  38. Marsha Snodgrass says:

    Love the book ,would love the cloth!

  39. Melissa says:

    Baking scares me, ovens scare me in general, but I am trying to learn. With your book in hand, and a proving cloth in the other, how can I go wrong?

  40. Ella says:

    I have always been yeast phobic….until an internet friend who happens to be a pastry chef walked me through my first loaf of bread a year ago. Since then, I have made many different types of bread with varying degrees of success. I love making the no knead kinds but getting that dough into the screaming hot dutch oven is tricky. I have Rough Linen sheets (a gift from an American friend) and I love them. Oh how I would love a Rough Linen proving cloth.

  41. Auntiepatch says:

    I’m retired now so I have time to bake. I bake sweets for the neighbors but now I want to start baking different breads. I have the book but I need the proving cloth.

  42. j says:

    I love to bake bread-I do it episodically-love the smell. I would love to win a rough linen bread proving bag.

  43. Katie Schneider says:

    I’ve baked bread before! honest! i even have photos to prove it…!

  44. Linda Hoye says:

    Oh yes, please! I bake bread all the time with the Artisan Bread In Five book. Would LOVE a linen proving cloth–for bread making AND for my still-life photography projects.

  45. Christina Corwin says:

    The cloth would be amazing! The only reason to like winter is big comfy sweaters. And those sweaters make it easier to hide the extra “warmth pounds” put on by eating homemade bread 🙂

  46. Victoria says:

    I made my first loaf of bread when I was five. It had tons of blue food coloring and we baked it in a super huge aluminum bowl. This is what happens when you ask your dad how to make bread.
    My skills have improved a little since then… The cloth would help.

  47. Ruth Vallejos says:

    I want this for my sister, who is an old hand at the bread baking. And I love her dearly. She’s the best. And she makes kickass blackberry jam. This may seem selfless, but it’s just motivated self interest.

  48. Lavada says:

    Linen proofing cloth – yes, please!

  49. Lavada says:

    Oops – newbie at bread baking. Linen proofing cloth – yes, please!

  50. Bobbles says:

    My second grandson is due today! I’ve been thinking all day about making soup and fresh bread with my primary (for the moment, solitary) grandson. A proving cloth would help!

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