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!

  51. Lisa says:

    I must be strange….love the end of Summer…means the carpet pythons go into hibernation and stop visiting my deck (and eating my possums). Also Summer here is hell (feral February and muggy March). Baking…nom nom nom.

  52. Elinor says:

    I need to learn to bake gluten-free bread because my daughter has just been diagnosed as celiac. I wonder if the book includes recipes for this. A proving cloth would be great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  53. Jari J. says:

    I’m pretty much a newbie and have never proofed with Linen. I’d love to try something that would make bread making fun.

  54. Carly says:

    Me me me!!!

    Please 🙂

  55. Terry says:

    I am from a family of bread makers. My mom used to bake four loaves of bread a day for a family of seven. I love baking and the smell of fresh bread right from the oven.

  56. Sharon Jones says:

    Reasonable newbie to bread making. Always scared it will blob out instead of rising.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your lovely cloths.

  57. Mark says:

    What a coincidence, I was just talking to a fellow coworker today about starting to make bread. This would give me the kickstart I need to get started.

  58. Pat says:

    My husband loves to make rustic italian bread but is also experimenting with other kinds. I am going to suggest he try the artisan bread. He could really use one of the proving cloths.

  59. Annike Hashimoto says:

    I love it, and have no clue how to bake breas from scratch!

  60. Linda B says:

    I’m in love with homemade bread. I need this cloth in my life.

  61. I just made pretzels last week… this would be perfect for that! I hope I win but if I dont, hopefully the girl that said….”give me the f#ing cloth wins because that is hysterical!

  62. Jen says:

    I’d love the proving cloth. I made bread for the first time this summer thanks to your posts about artisan bread. It sure won’t be the last time. My family ate it all up. Then I made the cinnamon buns from the book and the whole neighbourhood scoffed those down.

  63. Amanda says:

    I love baking bread and would love to have this linen cloth! Now that I’m a mom with 2 kiddos I really need to start using this s book… It’s been sitting in my Amazon cart for months! fingers crossed!

  64. Leah says:

    I’ve made bread before…but never very successfully. Hopefully your proofing cloth will help!

  65. Maybe if I win this proofing cloth the hubby will make me some bread again. It’s been a year and a half on the paleo diet thing and it’s been a year and a half since he baked any bread! I’m so tired of this paleo crap. I’m ready for the bread diet, don’t you think that would be a brilliant diet? I pine for French toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.

  66. nancy says:

    I NEED this for my high gluten James Beard bread recipe. Right Now. Thank you for all the entertainment you provide for all of us.

  67. Ps, also I got him that bread book for our anniversary two years ago, and then the following New Year’s Day he decided to go paleo. I only got THREE FREAKING MONTHS of bread from that book! I’m going to have deliciously crusty and golden loaves of bread taunting me in my dreams tonight now, I know it.

  68. nancy says:

    Hey, have you made a hypertufa pot yet? I need you to, cause mine fell all apart. And you will do it till you get it right. And then I can make it without all the (unnecessary) work on my part …. Do it, you’ll love it. It’s a very Rough Linen look.

  69. Jane Keene says:

    Once in a while I make my grandma’s bread….the old fashioned way, but my hands hurt so would love to try the 5 minute version. Never had a proofing cloth either or even knew there was such a thing….but now I really want one:)

  70. Thandi says:

    Yes please! I have been trying for a reeeeally long time to bake a good loaf of bread. Bread is better than cake. It’s true. My gran used to tell me when I was little, stuffing my face with her freshly baked drown bread, that man Can live on bread alone.
    Plus my husband can’t eat wheat and most of the rye and wheat-free loaves I’ve tried to make are wet. If only I’d known I needed a proving cloth?!
    Regardless of need, Rough Linen Rocks.

  71. Shannon says:

    I have wanted to make a great sour dough starter for years. My son an and I tested a few recipes without any luck and then I gave up the idea because it was easier to buy bread at our grocery store( they got better). Fast forward a few years ( they suck)! I just want a trust worthy recipie that I can trust to be able to whip up when a delicious sandwich is all you want. Or a side to to that sumptuous stew is what settles you down. My research has has jilted me. Thanks for you suggestion I’ll check it out! P. S. I’m doing those tomato things next year!

  72. Michelle says:

    Old hand @ baking bread- therefore I want this cloth.

  73. Linda Q says:

    Warm, home baked bread–almost my favorite thing in the world.

    Never heard of your super-quick bread making technique but will look into it in 2 minutes. However, you understand that you Will be responsible for the 5+ pounds I expect to gain when I make my super-quick, warm, yummy bread every day, Right?

    With great somethin’ comes great responsibility–I’m pointing at you, Karen.

  74. Jennifer says:

    Why yes, I would like a linen proofing cloth! I haven’t baked bread in years. When I was 18, ahem, just a few years ago, I belonged to a choir that baked bread every month to raise money to travel to Hawaii. I haven’t baked bread since, but I would love to try again. Just not, you know, 100 loaves at a time.

  75. Linda Q says:

    Whoa–did I forget to mention how much I will need this great linen proving cloth to bake my warm, yummy artisan bread? Especially as the only breadmaking I’ve ever done is with a bread machine?

  76. Flash says:

    You need to live in Alaska,then you have a right to complain about the end of summer!

  77. Jamie S says:

    I have never in my whole wide life made artisan bread…ever. I just put the cookbook on my birthday wishlist. ?

  78. Turbocharger says:

    Would love one! Wonder if the 5 minute method would work with gluten free bread. Hum. If only I had a proving cloth to test it.

  79. Claire says:

    New new new – a bread virgin

  80. Jaclyn says:

    I’ve been playing with the wetter bread dough this summer, and the key ingredient I’m missing is a proofing cloth! Boy I’d sure love one to take my bread baking up a notch.

  81. Kim says:

    So just send it to me already. I’ve got the book and the gorgeous pinafore. I’ve even got some mostly-starved sourdough starter in the fridge well on it’s way to future archaeological-find fame. If I only had the beautiful proving cloth, I could be a bread-baking superstar!
    PS why did you not tell me earlier about the string method for tomatoes. I am now stuck with a tomato tree jungle which I suspect I will live in perpetual fear of until the first frost.

  82. Kat says:

    Throw my name in the hat or proving cloth as well. Please and thank you. Kat

  83. MrsChris SA says:

    Wow, you are going into fall and we are going into spring.
    Time for braai’s (barbeques) and long hot summer days with home made bread.
    I would love a bit of Canada in Surfafrika around my braai fire – bragging that I bagged it from a bloganeur of note!

    Have a great weekend!!

  84. Anne says:

    Ditto! I’d love a proving cloth too. Haven’t baked in a few years, but ready to go at it again. Especially if it only takes 5 minutes. Awesome. Please and thank-you.

  85. Mimi says:

    Everyone in the world? That includes Belgium I think…
    I would appreciate it very much.Thanks any way for the offer

  86. Hazel says:

    I make ordinary bread all the time and am determined to get to grip with sourdough and artisan bread because my husband has discovered a local bakery that makes long-risen and sourdough bread. It is is absolutely delicious, but at £3-4 a loaf (about 6 Canadian dollars) it’s an expensive habit!

    Thank you for making it open to the whole world 🙂

  87. Albert Roodt says:

    You sure know how to touch this man’s soul, a man in the kitchen does everything with a cloth, well as we are Big Boys playing ‘dirty’ and the cloth here in South Africa (Cape Town) we call a ‘Jammer Lappie’. Roughly translated being Apologetic Cloth as we really tend to mess up, but as for the baking of the bread, yip, ideal for letting it rest but also to keep the bread clean from our hands :-))

  88. Cynthia says:

    I want a proving cloth because I am neither a newbie nor an old pro! Still just putting in the time trying to get a good consistent loaf. I so love the 5 minute artisan bread book that I have showed both my sons (12 and 14) to make bread that way – and a cloth would only make it easier. Puleeeeease – everyone else, go to bed and stop entering the contest! 😉

  89. Deborah says:

    Pick Brenda (the 3rd comment.)

  90. Christina says:

    I would love a proving cloth because I’m a newbie at baking. And the one thing my husband loves more than me is bread. (It’s ok, I love salty liquorice more than him, so it evens out.) With the cloth, I can get him to bake me even better bread! Win-win, if I win!

  91. Allicia says:

    I make bread but I’ve never used a proving cloth.

  92. Erin says:

    Have the book but only tried once so far to make the bread. It was a bit of a sad attempt. Obviously I need the linen to help spur a new round of bread making efforts!

  93. Rita says:

    I was about to make a wonderfully articulate plea for the cloth based around my ex-husband getting custody of the bread making equipment, when I remembered I am now gluten-intolerant and all the gluten-free bread I have ever attempted has turned out like an albino brick that tastes like how you would imagine a parrot turd would.
    “Husband to be” needs to shed about 18lbs and is on a low carb diet and if I won the cloth, I’d have to make delicious bread which he would have to eat and then he’d gain 18lbs and die from a heart attack on our wedding night. So if you don’t want to be a widow maker, don’t send me the cloth. X

  94. Gosh, everyone wants a proving cloth! I didn’t even know a proving cloth was a thing. It’s been ages since I made bread and that was with one of those bread baking machines that were so popular 25 years ago. Yeah, it’s been THAT long. So I think I’ll get that book and hopefully I’ll win the proving cloth so I too can look forward to fall and baking bread.

  95. I’ve made breads for years, but have never used a proving cloth. But I’d love to try!
    Thanks, Monika
    Ps, the oven roasted tomoates were yummy!!

  96. I don’t knead Bread. I need Bread. May I please have a cloth?

  97. Stef T says:

    I’m pretty new to the whole bread making lark, but am slowly getting to grips with it! I’m sure a lovely proving cloth would really help me out though…

    Now to get to grips with jam making…

  98. Maura says:

    I do make bread in the winter, not so much in the summer. To have a proofing linen would be a
    great help. Thank you for the chance to win one!

  99. sharon says:


  100. Laurinda says:

    I’m an old hand-I’ve been baking bread since 1990 ? I’ve actually just started baking bread with that book, too, & would love a proving cloth!

  101. Jen says:

    I’m a good bread baker but have never used a cloth, and I’m obsessed with linen!

  102. Lez says:

    Terrified of making bread from scratch! I buy ready made dough from the shop, & bake & pretend!
    Just SO scared of yeasty ‘things’ happening, or more to the point, not happening! Is it honestly that easy Karen!?
    I WANT to try though!

    Just thinking, if it was a disaster, at least I would have a proving cloth to cry into!

    P.S Also wondering if it works for husbands? As in, put it on them in bed, & see if they “Rise” to the occasion… 😉

  103. Kelly says:

    I nominate Brenda, Jeannie, Ruth, and Melissa. Because yeast is scary and sourdour starters are forever. Alternatively, my godmother is terrified of yeast and has never baked a single thing in her 57 years! We’ve made a date to enter the world of edible chemistry and this would certainly make a yeast introduction easier… 🙂

  104. Marlene says:

    My baking is awful, and my baked goods could be used for weaponry. (any offers from any military types out there?)
    So winning the proving cloth may either a) force me to become a better baker – or at least one that can make edible items, or b) kill people I force feed with my “improved” baking.
    If you are willing to find out, please send the cloth my way. I will happily report back…

  105. Laura says:

    Hi I love that book. Have had it for a while. Was just thinking the same thing the other day about cooler weather( if it ever gets cooler here) and baking bread. The linen would be great!

  106. Deborah Jenft-Mauck-Bunting says:

    Bread, food of the Gods…
    sign me up

  107. I’ve made bread in a bread machine, but otherwise brand new! I’d love to win!

  108. Tania says:

    Gorgeous! I’m new to baking bread but got thrown into it when my newborn was allergic to dairy and soy so we couldn’t buy premade loaves.

  109. Jenny W says:

    The Canadian in me, you know, the kind ,selfless, polite person 😉 hopes comment #3- “Brenda the Curser” wins.
    Oh come on, who am I kidding?
    Stereotypes be damned! – I want the friggen’ linen cause I make really sticky rolls to go with my hearty fall soups!
    Have a Lovely Weekend 🙂

  110. Lori Austin says:

    Would love to be an expert at making bread.

  111. Jan Fran says:

    I just learned about 5-minutes a day bread making! And the friend made one with cinnamon chips and whit chocolate chips that was divine. So obviously you can see how I need a linen proving cloth!

  112. Becky says:

    I have that same book and love it! A life changer! I’m thinking your proving cloth would be a life changer too. Pick me!!! 🙂

  113. Penny Coleman says:

    Please pick me! I have the book , now I need the cloth.

  114. Nancy says:

    Just saying the other day that I want to learn to bake my own bread. Will definitely check out the book you recommend and keep my fingers crossed I get lucky ( ?)

  115. Jenny says:

    Sorry but fall cannot come soon enough for me. It is still hot and humid (and crowded in this beach town) I bake sourdough almost every week, although I give up in August when I cannot bear turn on the oven. I never used a proofing cloth, so I would be interested in giving it a try.

  116. Kirsten says:

    Brand new at it – I just made my first sourdough starter from scratch and promptly killed it 🙁

  117. Jennifer says:

    This would certainly help with the end of summer suck

  118. Amanda says:

    I’ve never made bread. Or pizza, and I own a pizza stone. I live in a tiny beach cottage with zero space to build a fancy outdoor oven (the salt in the air would murder it in no time anyway, I’m sure) but I’d LOVE to try making bread. And pizza, if only my stomach were more tolerant of cheese. :/

  119. I have tried making bread before, several times, it never goes well. So yes, i would like to win this and now I have to go see about that book! Thanks for the chance!

  120. Pat Marino says:

    oh please and thank you. You inspire me in so many ways!!!

  121. Rose says:

    I’m recently retired so will have more time to bake and do whatever the heck I want to do! My mom used to make homemade bread and it was so heavenly to smell, comforting. Would love to try my hand at it.

  122. Melissa says:

    Cool! I baked bread all summer thanks to your blog and that book. I thank you. And my people thank you. No cloth, though…but I sure would like one!

  123. Dee says:

    Before I moved to where I live now, I once had an apartment…a tiny little hovel that was so warm that bread dough would rise like a dream (and the butter was always soft). I had amazing toast every breakfast before school. Then I moved to colder homes and I could no longer make bread properly 🙁 Now… reading these posts where you’re makin’ bread I’m like, I want to make bread again! In my warmer kitchen. And I want a proving cloth!

  124. Betsy says:

    I would love to try my hand at making bread!!!

  125. Betsy says:

    I would love to win the cloth! And I would be s newbie at making bread!

  126. Jac says:

    Yes Yes Yes! I’ve never baked bread but have always thought I’d try “someday”. If I had your way-cool proving cloth, “someday” would arrive real soon! And then I’d need to get the book, too…’cause “easy” -at least relatively -is gonna be a requirement. Wishing myself luck 🙂

  127. Michelle M says:

    I would love this for me and my pita-bread making husband. So much bread….

  128. Becky W says:

    I’m a pastry baker expanding my horizons into bread baking!

  129. Terri J. says:

    I would be so happy if you gave me the cloth. I made the 5 min. bread recipe….once…..on a very non-linen towel. I felt like an episode of “Lucy” trying to get the dough off the cloth and my fingers. The bread was absolutely delicious though. I threw the towel away.

  130. Shanna Sloan says:

    Ooh, I’d love one of these! I used to bake bread all the time. But for almost ten years now I haven’t. This would be a good time to start back up!

  131. Rosie Walsh says:

    I’ll join this horde, hoping to win this. Meanwhile, using an ancient cotton towel.

  132. Amy Johnson says:

    I would love to welcome fall with no kneaded 5 minute bread, proofed in Rough Linen – what a treat!

  133. Cheryl says:

    It’s linen and has your logo. What’s not to love?

  134. Deb says:

    Bread, Bread, Oh Lovely Bread. What more can be said. I Knead this cloth.

  135. Mo says:

    Hooray! Clap, clap, clap! I would love to win. Just baked bread last weekend and the cloth would have come in handy. Thanks Karen.

  136. Athena R says:

    I would love to have this proving cloth to help make my bread making life a little easier.

  137. Tanya says:

    I would love love love to have the cloth. I already have the book, so………

  138. Wendy says:

    I love the zut alors comment! I also have mumbled sweet French somethings while trying to master croissants. It ended with merde! I respectively request the chance to win this cloth.

  139. RuthAnn says:

    I would love to try this proving cloth. Really the dough doesn’t stick to it??

  140. Don’t bake bread anymore, but I’m getting close to buying my first Rough Linen purchase. I’m really looking forward to a master bed totally covered with it.

  141. Patricia Haight says:

    Count me in! Going to go get book today. I have a broken leg and some homemade bread just might give me the will to get up and do something!

  142. Linda from Illinois says:

    Wow Karen, lots of comments on your blog today. Have never made bread and probably never will. I don’t have the experience of learning from mother or other. Looks like it would be very tasty though. You make everything look so easy.

  143. Susan says:

    Yes please! I would love to win the cloth so I can “prove” I can bake bread! ?

  144. Carrie says:

    I am a bread-baking newbie, plain & simple.

  145. Sharon says:

    I have the book. Bread is great and easy to make. A proving cloth would be nice. I hope I win. Thanks

  146. Danni says:

    I love to make bread, very Zen for me. And I have a cob oven, because you made me need a cob oven when I never knew I needed one, and I now need a proving cloth…. pleeeeeaaase?

  147. Renee Wright says:

    I’m an intermediate-level bread baker, I guess would be the best description. I would really, really love to win this cloth. (I already have the book, and agree with you that it’s fantastic.)

  148. mbaker says:

    I would love one! I’m an old hand at bread baking but I’ve never used a proving cloth, just a regular old bowl and kneading technique. So this would be new.

  149. Beckie says:

    I didn’t read every comment, so I’m not sure if anyone else asked, but I need to ask…isn’t it “proofing” cloth? I bake bread a lot and once worked in a bakery and it was always *proofing* the dough.

    Not that “proving” couldn’t be some other technique.

    I’d still like a shot and whichever kind of cloth it is, thanks!

    • mbaker says:

      It’s a difference between British and American English. Proofing and Proving are the same things, the spelling is just dependent on where you’re from.

  150. Clara W. says:

    Hot soup and homemade warm bread makes me think of Fall. I’m new to bread making and would love to win the proving cloth.

  151. Shannon says:

    I have baked several loaves of yummy artisan bread, but I gave up because nothing that I used for the cloth to cover seemed to work…everything would stick! I would love the opportunity to learn a new trick with your linen proving cloth (hint hint)!

  152. Ashley Craig says:

    I love snow days when school is cancelled and I get to bake bread and cookies all day long! Of course, this isn’t as good for my waistline, but oh well!

  153. Bonnie says:

    yes please and thankyou. P.S. you are truly the blogging queen.
    (see what I did there?) You really are.

  154. meg says:

    I’m in the process of learning. I’ve definitely not yet hit my stride, but I’ve made some fantastic loaves recently.
    I’ve been working with sourdough so a cloth would be ideal, and wouldn’t take up a lot of storage space.

  155. Shirley says:

    That sounds awesome. I truly suck at making bread and my sisters are all experts. The last loaf was so heavy it dropped on the floor and I was sure it was going to crack the tile. It was too hard to even give to my chickens to rip up and I have seen them rip apart bones!!! I really want to make an oven like yours. Just looking at it warms my heart.

  156. Cindy says:

    Wow, do people ever sleep?! Amazing, all the comments posted in the wee hours of the night….

    First thing, I do love to read your work Karen. Great job! You are the first, and one and only blogger I follow, the only one I have ever submitted a comment to (this one).

    So awhile back I basically stopped eating bread (I know!) after reading the Wheat Belly book. Lot of it made sense to me. As someone who doesn’t do extremes though, I still do occasionally enjoy some bread, though am reluctant to go the store bought route. As I don’t make my own bread (yet) this is the only route I do take.

    I was planning to try a bread machine, but after reading this post or yours I remembered I have said cookbook on my shelf. Thank you! Just might blow the dust off of it (really!) and give it a go, and I gather from your comments, a proofing cloth would be good to have. It would be a wonderful to win… thanks for the opportunity Karen!

  157. Kirsten says:

    I ordered the book from Amazon and I am so excited to make the bread, I’m trying to figure out what to use as a container to keep it in my already messy fridge? I would love a proving cloth and if I don’t win it, I just might go ahead and buy one. I already have a pinafore and I would like a second, so I guess I could order my own proving cloth too? It would be lovely to win it though!!

  158. Angela says:

    The only bread I’ve ever made from scratch is beer bread, I think I neeeeeeeeed this proving cloth so I can be more ‘Doing Stuff’-y and bake yummy artisan bread.

  159. Heather Eggert says:

    I adore bread. Homemade bread. I don’t have a proving cloth, and I am convinced that anything Karen loves…I will love! Good luck, me!!

  160. Anna Starner says:

    I would love a proving cloth with your logo!!! I might even try baking bread again. I tried a few times with my old oven and the inside never baked through it was still doughy. When I bought a new stove ( 10 years ago) I thought I would try again. This might give me the motivation.

  161. Loretta SchiavoSmith says:

    Yep. I’m in for the contest. Not for me-don’t eat carbs. It’s 8:03 and that’s my first lie of the day. My son just built an outdoor pizza oven and know that he will make good use of the linen cloth.

  162. Mike says:

    I would love to own a proving cloth!

  163. Kathryn says:

    I’m not an absolute beginner, but baking bread is always a bit of a struggle. For sure, I would use the proofing cloth — and it looks beautiful. Thanks!

  164. Rebecca says:

    I’m not ready to think about Fall yet but I do love bread…baking and eating it! I would love the cloth.

  165. TexasMom says:

    Kids are off to college again so it’s time to pick up another new hobby. The smell of freshly baked bread might make them visit every other weekend! ooops…do I want that much laundry? Oh what the hell, enter my name in the Boo Hiss End of Summer Rough Linen Sweepstakes!

  166. Bryonna says:

    I’d love a bread cloth … especially a Rough Linen one! I’ve only used a bread maker, but the loaves are unappealing rectangles. Your photos are so gorgeous … I’m inspired to try it the old fashioned way.

  167. Bonnie Miller says:

    I would love the Rough Linen proving cloth. I have been tempted to start making bread by the Bread in 5 Minutes a Day books for a couple of years now. This cloth may be the tipping point. Mother and grandmother would be proud.

  168. Gramma Carol says:

    i would to win a proving cloth. I will investigate the book but I am not sure I am ready to give up’s my favorite part of bread making…I guess I have the “need to knead.”

  169. Amy says:

    I’ve been making bread with their recipe for a couple of years; it’s really phenomenal, and is referred to as ‘Taylor bread’ in my neighborhood. I’d love to try proofing with linen, to see if it gets even better!

  170. Alice says:

    Have baked a fair bit of bread in the past — not so much lately (okay, not at all lately), although my husband did make some wonderful soft pretzels a couple of weeks ago. Anyhow, would love the cloth!

  171. yasee says:

    I LOVE the taste of homemade bread! …and the yummy smell it fills the house when it’s baking! I would love to win this proving cloth!!!

  172. Nicole says:

    I would love one, and so, apparently, would everyone else. I’ve tried the 5 minute bread process, but for some reason my loaves don’t rise very well. I wind up with these teeny tiny dense loaves, which are cute, but gone in a flash. Because… fresh bread. Mmmm. Even when they’re kind of dense.

  173. Inger says:

    I learned to bake bread from a dear Mennonite friend while we were
    posted in. First Nations community. My husband praised my efforts to everyone but me. All previous attempt had been deemed “hockey pucks” and rightly so. I did need to knead. I would love to win your cloth.

  174. Ronda says:

    When I was a kid taking piano lessons, my teacher’s wife made homemade bread, and if I was lucky to have arrived early, I’d get to have a slice before my lesson. It was heaven! I tried making bread a number of years ago, and did make a fairly successful dark rye bread. But I haven’t baked in so many years that I’m nervous to try again. I have a number of bread cookbooks, but the 5 minute bread may be just the ticket to try again. A proving cloth would be the cherry on top! Please consider this a heartfelt request!

  175. carolyne says:

    Please, pretty Please. with sugar on top

  176. Sue H says:

    Ok, so what I need you to do is just send this cloth to my friend who’s going to be up in Canada shortly – so they can mule it back down here to Ecuador for me – cuz I just can’t even buy linen here! But wait, that’s not the best part! Then you just hop on a plane and come down, stay in the guesthouse (which used to be the henhouse btw!) Life here ain’t so bad, even if you can’t get linen, when you can garden hardy and bake bread and chase little pio pios (thats what they call chicks round these parts) around the yard all day eh? But life would be SOOOO much better with a little linen added in yeah?

  177. Lisa says:

    I have never baked bread – too much trouble. If I win the cloth I’ll have to buy the book.
    Maybe I’ll have to buy the book anyway because there is not much that is better than freshly
    baked crusty bread.

  178. Sheida Yazhary says:

    Thank You for all you’re wonderful adventures! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with all sorts of interests in every direction. I would love to have the cloth. My father is from the old country and grew up with fresh bread daily. I’m now going to bake his his first fresh bread in a looooong while. I’m looking at how to get the recipe book. Who knows? With these two in hand, I can do much “without kneading to” PS I love you’re sense of humour. Please keep posting. Be Well.

  179. Jennie says:

    Can you wrap a wet kitten in it? Then send it along, I’m not baking for the goofy man at my house. After 42 years, he can find a girl that will. Jeesh.

  180. Hélène says:

    I used to bake bread regularly. Then I taught my husband and he’s now the baker! This would make a very sweet gift for him!

  181. Sandra Lea says:

    There’s nothing better than fresh baked bread. As much as I love summer I can’t wait for the days to turn cooler so I can pop a loaf in the oven. It’s one of my most favorite things to do.

  182. Marie says:

    I’m new to bread baking, using the book you recommend, and can’t wait for the cool weather!

  183. Lise Cameron says:

    Hi Karen . Love your posts. I had a bread maker which I sent to my youngest daughter out in Fernie B.C. I would love to make my own bread and your cob oven looks great …Could be a fun fall project. I would love the cloth and the no kneading sounds wonderful . I look forward to your fun projects. Do enjoy the rest of the summer even if it is a hot one….Thanks for keeping us all entertained . Take care.

  184. Jill C Hughes says:

    Just ordered the book on line. Guess I definitely need the proving cloth now. There goes my diet!!

  185. Eileen says:

    I have that book and love it. My mother kneaded bread twice a week…so much work. This is such an easier way.

  186. Janet says:

    This give-away still has better odds than lotto 6-49. Please include me for a chance to win a proving cloth. I have made bread a number of times, and even won a ribbon at the Orangeville fall fair!, but I’ve never used a proving cloth.

  187. Joy says:

    Have the book and love it but have gotten out of the bread-baking habit. I think I need this linen proving cloth to reanimate the habit. Just sayin’…

  188. Sarah says:

    I’m definitely new to baking bread, but I’m an old pro at eating it!!

  189. Rebecca dubous says:

    I have always tried using novelty tea towels to cover bread while its rising-and usually if I get to overzealous with the dough it sticks to the cloth – so I would love to try the rough linen!

  190. Shirley says:

    I love my Rough Linen pinafore, bread bags, and tea towels (best tea towels ever!), so I already know I would LOVE a Rough Linen proofing cloth!

  191. Ev Wilcox says:

    A while back I began making no-knead artisan bread. What a mistake. My family is now made up of bread junkies. I got rather tired of it-don’t make much anymore. They cry a lot. So I need a great proofing cloth to get me back in the groove. My family would thank you, and so would I!

  192. Tere Crow Lindsay says:

    I am dying laughing after reading the comments!!!!Such talented women!
    My tongue is hanging out after seeing the bread in various poses.
    I am a wannabe………I wanna bake fresh bread……..but visualize failure. I want the cookbook and that dang proving cloth. I want to bake lucious bread too!
    Please mail that baby to Missouri. I will protect it with my life.

  193. Jessie Keene says:

    I love baking bread! I’m in! I want one!

  194. Julie says:

    Would love the cloth – you inspire me every day to do something new

  195. Rina Vespa says:

    Hello Karen: I would love to try a proving cloth. I am neither a good breas baker or bad just hanging in the middle, but anything to get me to the next level, i’ll give it a try. Thanks.

  196. Rina Vespa says:

    I missspelled bread I really need help.

  197. Susan says:

    Holy cow! I didn’t realize there were so many people interested in baking bread. Reading the comment section is just as amusing as reading your posts, Karen. I would love this proving cloth. I broke my wrist in a car accident in July so I’m hoping you’ll feel sorry for me. And, I bought some sourdough starter that I’m anxious to use as soon as I can make bread again.

  198. Sharon says:

    Hi, Karen. So I’ve been baking bread all my life. I guess I’m the only one here who isn’t after your free cloth. Fall is my favorite time of the year, too, so it seems like I’m way off the thoughts of your other guests. What caught my eye was ‘cob oven’. My grandfather burned cobs only in his black cast iron stove – to cut down a tree would’ve been a sacrilege – and the old stove was always warm. I have so missed the smell of burning cobs for the last 50+ years that my husband, though he thought it was nuts, saved cobs ( a few that didn’t go through the combine) in boxes in an old shed and surprised me with them last year. I had a “First Night Of Fall” backyard cob fire and invited all the neighbors. Of course never having heard of such a thing, they were intrigued – it turned into a potluck – and my last guest didn’t leave til midnight – (on a work night yet.) It was great fun and I hope to make it an annual thing. Just sharing the memory with you!

  199. Jennifer says:

    Love making bread, love linen, linen proving cloth yes please!

  200. Trisha says:

    Definitely new but I’m new to chickens too and have already turned crazy chicken lady =)

  201. Jacqueline MacDougall says:

    I would love one!! I have the same bread book and use it constantly 🙂

  202. Beth Popowski says:

    Yes – I love to bake bread – an old hand!

  203. Christina says:

    It’s my birthday today, and I would love one of these- maybe it will inspire me to get back to baking bread. I used to love this age-old task, especially the kneading. Very cathartic.

  204. Jan in Waterdown says:

    OK, what the heck . . . what have I got to lose? Don’t bake bread, never baked bread but willing to try. So gimme. Please. ?

  205. Julia says:

    Pretty good at baking bread–better at eating it.

  206. Stephanie Burris says:

    I have baked bread with varying success. I used to use a bread machine back in the day. I am curious to use your recipe but really need that proving cloth to do it correctly! 🙂

  207. Barbara says:

    Used to love baking bread and looking forward to doing it again. A proving cloth would help so much. Thank you!!

  208. Donna says:

    South Texas here. Fall? That’s about one week sometime in December. Plus, I live in a condo, so no cob oven for me (dammit).

    That being said, I am an avid bread maker. Hubby being gluten free, the people that work in my building love fresh bread. There’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty baking. And the way the kitchen smells—the best! (Unless I get on your site and forget to set the timer).

    Plus, I just received my Rough Linen summer cover (thanks to your site) and I am OBSESSED!

    So, I could go the Aussie way and tell you to send me the f*cking proofing cloth, or the Southern Woman way and say “bless your heart, darlin'”, or I could just be me and say “send the cloth to the woman that has withstood blazing heat, high humidity, and a mosquito bite that is approaching a month old, but still insists on heating her kitchen up for a single loaf of bread”.

  209. Is there any fabric better than linen? I have some linen pants that I swear are 20 years old and they just keep on keeping on.
    I would love to have a linen bread cloth b/c of the beauty and functionality of the fabric and I also like your cool little logo. (I’m a potter and just like well designed things). The artisan 5 minute bread book was life changing to me. Fear of yeast is no longer a problem. I really think the 2 folks that wrote the book did a major service to people, showing that good healthy homemade bread is possible for anyone. Like the super huge company used to say “Just do it.”
    Thanks and I want to know where you get all your energy, maybe homemade bread??

  210. Jenny says:

    I was making bread pretty consistently for awhile but then my husband and I gained 10 lbs. We still haven’t lost those 10 lbs but we miss homemade bread so I think I’m going to have to get back into it and just resign myself to working out more to balance out the bread. 🙂

  211. Katie Grace says:

    I would say I have never in my life baked a loaf of bread but that would be lying. I’ve made banana bread and zucchini bread. And there may have been a time I made a yeast bread with my mother but may have blocked it out because it tasted terrible. So, yea gimme the cloth so I can make delicious breads.

  212. Joanne M says:

    I love making bread. One of the best aromas in the world! Kneading dough is meditation for me. Building a cob oven is definitely on my project list.

  213. Susan says:

    This has been my summer of bread making … I had never attempted yeast breads before June and I have so much left to learn. Until I master my skills, you can bet my family is over-filled with carbs!! The Rough Linen proving cloth would be such a help!

  214. Bee says:

    I have done a few no knead breads, but never with a proofing cloth!

  215. Xueying says:

    I have never baked anything but garlic bread!

  216. Shana Williams says:

    I haven’t made bread from scratch in years. I was never any good at it, but now I have the time. I would love one of these cloths because anything that makes my life easier deserves realistate in my kitchen.

  217. Beth Vanstone says:’s funny how we all come out of the woodwork when there is a contest! I am new at making bread. The bread cloth might be the answer to my success. Going to buy one as I NEVER win anything….and I’m okay with that 🙂 PS: I’m so in love with your cob oven. It’s on my list for ‘A’ upcoming year. No pressure for me lol Thank you for being part of my day..blah blah blah, stuff you hear all the time I’m sure. Still a sincere thanks!

  218. Melissa says:

    I, for one, welcome our proving cloth overlords. I’ve been a no-kneader for several years now, and also love the Jim Lahey overnight pizza dough recipe.

  219. Katie C. says:

    I’m new to bread! But I wish I wasn’t… I really wanted toast for breakfast and I’m all out of bread!

  220. Ei Con says:

    Damn. Fingers are tired from paging through the avalanche of comments you’ve gotten already. Having just come back from San Francisco and eaten truly fabulous sourdough bread, I’d like the proving cloth to help me attempt to recreate it. Please?

  221. Sheila says:

    With over 200 comments above, all the clever things have been said already. So here is my entry. (newer than newbie–bread virgin was taken)

  222. Daphne says:

    An old hand who’s a little crusty around the edges. Need the book and the proving cloth. Thanks for the chance.

  223. Shannon says:

    Every time you mention that book, I think “gee, I should get that book.” I’d love to learn to make bread, but I’ve always considered it daunting. Maybe now is the time!

  224. Jen B says:

    I love making my own bread but definitely hate the hassle of kneading and proving and shaping and proving, etc so don’t do it very often…will have to try the 5 minute bread book! Would love a cloth to go along with it!

  225. Anita says:

    Ironically I did step in cat barf this morning…fresh too.
    I’ve baked bread only a couple of times. Would love to try it using one of your bread cloths.
    Thank you!

  226. Donna says:

    Karen, I too would love a proving cloth. I stopped baking bread for a few years due to hubbys expanding girth. But the grandkids miss it so I’m starting up again. My kids don’t miss the bread as much as the sourdough pancakes I used to make but of course they don’t need the cloth. But my loaves would love it.

  227. Wilma says:

    Bread baking intimidates me. I tried a few times & ended up with something more like a hockey puck than bread, but damn it, I made it so I’m eating it. That cookbook has been on my wish list for a while, so if I win the proving cloth I’m buying the book immediately.

  228. Mary McCabe says:

    would love to be able to make bread without all the steps!

  229. Maria A A Rodriguez says:

    “You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself.”
    ― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita


  230. Juana María says:

    Lo quiero!!! I want it!!???
    I’ve made bread for my kids a few times, but I’ve always used the super easy roasting bag recipe. It’s time to try a new method.
    Thank you for making it worldwide. We, all your European fans, love you now more than ever.

  231. Karen says:

    I would wear the f <@&ing proving cloth for a week and document the whole thing for you if I won.

  232. Cathy Watkins says:

    I’ve attempted to bake bread a few times but never with any great success, but I do love eating it while it’s still warm, and…it’s fun to win stuff! thanks for the chance!

  233. Katie says:

    I usually bake bread once a year or so. I wish I could stop being so lazy and do it more often. I think its all that waiting and kneading that gets to me.

  234. Chelsea Randall says:

    I would LOVE a proving cloth! I’m a novice bread maker just starting out…just in time for my annual holiday baking frenzy 😉

  235. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen,
    Baked bread on an island in Georgian Bay this summer. Even ‘caught’ wild yeast! Yes, that book is great and so handy to reach in the fridge and grab some dough! I too, would love a proofing cloth as the dough is quite wet and sticky. Seems the rest of the world wants one too! Thanks for the offer and a good way to start the fall!

  236. Jennifer Kerr says:

    I would like a proving cloth because I’m new at baking bread, and so far, I suck at it.

  237. Kathy Houk says:

    We are coming out of the woodwork for this treasure. Skimmed comments and loved Sharon’s about her husband saving cobs to re-create memories and making a big night of it. I am lost to the world when watching The Great British Baking Show on PBS. Twelve people struggle through tasks to get to one winner. So I have the basic, I wonder if I could…. and I’m closing in on at least I could try with here we go around the corner and into the stretch, damn I may just need Karen’s linen proving cloth to get to the finish line. So let it be me and help me tic off bread making from my bucket list (list to be created asap). And a big hurrah to Karen for creating a haven for laughs, solid information, and joy.

  238. Dorothy DeYoung says:

    I used to have a pastry cloth but he got it in the divorce! How jealous will he be if I have a Rough Linen cloth to match my Rough Linen baquette bag?

  239. Jennifer Stango says:

    Oh My Goodness!! I would absolutely love love love to have you probing cloth Karen. I am just getting into baking bread and now that I have seen your bread book,I am definitely getting a copy. Aes pick me for your proving cloth.?

  240. Jennifer says:

    Ooooo, I’m crossing my fingers to win and I’m new at baking 🙂 Very new. I love your stuff Karen!

  241. SuzanneLH says:

    Wow. Never seen so many comments. Have made bread for years, but never used a linen cloth, just cotton. Would love to give it a try.

  242. Audrey S says:

    Pretty please may I have your perfectly rustic proving cloth?! I have never baked bread beyond pillsberry crescent rolls (ugh) but I’d love to learn and this sounds like the perfect avenue!

  243. Trish Oriordan says:

    I would try that out.

  244. Peggy says:

    Would love to have the proofing cloth & try my hand at baking bread. Then I’ll make some lemon curd like my Mom used to make & slather it on the buttered bread. Yum, Yum.

  245. Becky Home Ecky says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!! I will share my bread! (My hips will thank me for this generosity.)


  246. Sboo says:

    I miss baking in the summer! Last week was unseasonably cool and rainy and I immediately whipped up some coconut cupcakes. Have never tried a proving cloth for bread dough – maybe today is my lucky day 🙂

  247. Becky Home Ecky says:

    Whoops!! I put a typo in my email address! I’m such a moran! 😉 Here’s the correct one. I’m still Becky Home Ecky and I still want to learn how to bake bread and I will still share the fruits of my labour if I win this majestic piece of bread bakery magic.

  248. Annette says:

    I’ve tried it and loved the results — would love to become a regular bread baker. Thanks for the opportunity.

  249. Amber Miele says:

    I’ve only tried it a few times, and have always had the trouble of my dough sticking everywhere.

    I’d still say I’m new and would love one to spark my need of bread in my gut again!

  250. Amy Watson says:

    I already ordered and received the cloth, we just moved and have not seasoned it or used it yet….I WANT THE BOOK!!!!!!!!please with sugar on top…..and maybe some cinnamon too ?❌⭕❌⭕

  251. Amelia says:

    I’m an old hand at sandwich loaves, but need some work on my artisan baking skills. My chief skill at the moment is avoiding turning the oven on in this heat

  252. Cris says:

    Be gone fancy bread machine that I could never get to work! Bring on the linen adventures…

  253. Skinny Alyson says:

    I want to learn!!! I want to make lots of bread and get fat on the carb overload.
    Please give me the opportunity to get fat!!

  254. Alaina says:

    My bread skills need work, but I can bake a mean cupcake 🙂

  255. Kris says:

    I’ve made bread before. If by “made bread” you mean getting the pre-made dough in the freezer section of the grocery store and baking it in my oven.

    Pretty please help me upgrade! 😀

  256. Laurie says:

    Hey Karen, I would say I’m an old hand at being bad at baking break. I tried to make breadsticks before, and I burned out the motor on my food processor (I really did follow the directions!). Also, I did make dinner rolls for thanksgiving once, but they tasted so much like yeast we couldn’t really eat them..not sure what I did there.

  257. Erin says:

    I love baking bread but it always takes so long. Definitely interested in the proving cloth and the book.

  258. Elle says:

    Baking bread is part of our Saturday routine, so I would love to win a proving cloth. Thanks!

  259. Mandy Walfish says:

    I have only ever made Bread in a bread maker and it was terrible. I am a newbie and I want a cloth, just to be like you. Next I’ll get Chickens…then I’ll need a chicken coop. And oh, that cob oven…definitely need that.

  260. Sue H. says:

    New to bread baking so I NEED the proving cloth!

  261. meg says:

    Brand new to the world of breadmaking right here! Ready to bake in style. 🙂

  262. Teresa says:

    You seriously read ALL these posts? We do get frantic when you are giving something away.
    I tried the Artisan Bread book a while ago and my memory is of a big container of wet sticky, sticky, dough – some of it may have ended up as bread but most of it stuck to everything else. There is probably still some stuck on the ceiling from me flailing around trying to get it off my hands. And you are telling me that a beautiful proofing cloth makes that bread bakable? I want to try that. I would risk another sticky bucket to try that! Plus it is gloriously old fashioned. I make no knead bread and just use my poor tea towels for proofing duty. Try giving away a bag of special “throwing” jelly beans and see what kind of response you get.

  263. Teresa says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’ve baked bread for quite a few years….haven’t tried the 5 minute bread but want to. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the proofing cloth!

  264. Michelle Bastien-Zagrodnik says:

    I would bake my own bread when the kids were young; however, I have to admit I was using a bread machine to do most of the work. Now that the kids are away for school, I definitely have more time so I would love to win a proving cloth and learn more on making homemade bread. 🙂

  265. Alex Nett says:

    Thanks to you I make my bread this way.

    It’s *almost* like you are my lovely French grandmere who taught me the secrets of bread making.

    So, pony it up Granny, and pick MEEEEE for the proofing cloth!

  266. Heather says:

    Part of this summers major project was building a patio to house a pizza oven (not nearly as awesome as your cob oven but it is a start.) My plan for fall – or once the patio is finished which might be never – is to start baking bread. Thank you for this happy friday!

  267. Sara says:

    I guess whether or not I’m a noobie depends on who you ask. I’ve been making bread for about a year now. I never expected to love it so much! There’s something genuinely awe inspiring about making something so simple and delicious out of something as (basically) inedible and bland as flour. Very interested in how the proving cloth will affect the process. Thanks!

  268. Sarah says:

    I would love the proving cloth because I’m not an old hand, but I’m also not brand new to baking bread. I just haven’t gotten it right yet.

    I can whip up a decent pizza crust, but I struggle with bread. It always ends up too dry.

    Would love to check out the book you recommend as well. There’s nothing better than freshly baked bread. ESPECIALLY in the fall. 🙂

  269. Vanessa Gillespie says:

    I LOVE bread. I had to stop making it because I ate it all. Used to make it all the time, haven’t in quite a few years.

    I would LOVE a proofing cloth!!!!

    Ummm….would you sign it for me if I win?? <3

  270. Carol says:

    I can make rolls to “die for” , however, my bread making skills are nil………..maybe a proving cloth would help……..yes, I’d love to have one to try making bread.

  271. Joanne Lewis says:

    I promise to ditch my breadmaker if I win the proving cloth… and I’ll buy the book and watch your tutorials. Cross my heart and hope to…..pie! If I don’t win I’ll have to learn how to make pie crust! Aaaaagggghhhhhhh!!!

  272. Jasmine says:

    I need that bread cloth so I can artfully display it. Who doesn’t need some artful display in their life?

    • Elaine says:

      Now, here’s a girl after my own heart!!! Like you, Jasmine, I’d love just displaying it so when people pop in, they assume I’m a proficient cook and I look good in the kitchen!! I’m supposed to be vacuuming but I’m having too much fun reading all these comments! Karen is good at decorating, so I think she’ll either pick you or me ’cause we are being honest by saying we will “display it” and she will feel a certain kinship! We can only hope!

  273. Lindsay H says:

    I wish I was an old hand, but all of my bread ends up under-baked. So I’m calling my self a newbie.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  274. Amie M says:

    Old hand, but new to proving cloths!

  275. Kori Forsman says:

    I would absolutely love the cloth! I used to make bread all the time, but full time school, full time job, 2 boys 6 &8, with a hubby that travels for work – nahhhhh I’ll just pick some up! LOL. School ends this month so I will be ready to bake us some bread!

  276. Angela Gulay-braun says:

    Would love one of these beautiful Rough Linen proving cloths!

  277. Maria says:

    Baking bread and knitting socks are the two hardest things in the world. I would love to have a proving cloth to prove to myself I can do at least one of these things

  278. Ann Leblanc says:

    My Nana always used a proving cloth when she baked bread….would love to continue that tradition in her memory. I have made the Artisan bread, super easy, and there is nothing better than warm bread to get us through the colder months. BTW, Karen, loved your Restoration Hardware DYI! You are such a badass! Go girl!

  279. Sabina says:


    Thanks for another great post Karen, you’re emails are the highlights in my mailbox!

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Ucch, quit suckin’ up . . . it won’t work . . . Karen is immune.
      I have just put in a request at my local library for a freebie loaner so I can check it out first cuz I am cheap.

  280. Darla says:

    Since all the cool lines have been taken, I will simply say “I WANT ONE”
    I have never baked break but I just bought wheat that I am dying to mill and make bread with.
    Winning the proving cloth would make it such a better experience.

  281. Jodie Bobco says:

    I would love to win! I have the book and love it 😀

  282. Jenny Brandon says:

    I’m an old hand. . . at baking and everything else but (I’m an old butt too) I haven’t baked bread in a long time. I would love a linen proofing cloth.
    I wonder if you’re chose for mentioning the secret word #Groucho #YouBetYourLife
    If that is true: Hobokon, rocking chair, gazelle

    You’re welcome.

  283. Maureen Duffy says:

    Not gonna lie recently laid off and have way too much time on my hands. Bread making sounds better than than drowning in depression. More than likely mastering bread making will be easier than finding the perfect job.

  284. Gretchen Sexton says:

    Your cob oven looks so lovely…your loaves even lovelier!
    I bought the 5 minute Artisan Bread book several years ago, but have never made a loaf.
    I had never heard of a proving cloth until this post–how did I miss your post on how to season a cloth?
    Seems like I’ve been missing out!
    Count me in!

  285. monica says:

    Bread is my spirit animal!

  286. Liz says:

    I had never heard of a proving cloth until you opened our eyes to it. It sounds amazing and would be an honor to own one!

  287. Heather Yung says:

    I JUST bought that book – came in the mail yesterday! In my mind I am already making bread on a daily basis – just like my ancestors used to. I can smell it already…oh wait, that is the burnt pie crust laying on the floor of my oven… I never knew pie crust could ever fall off while a pie was baking; I mean, isn’t that what the fucking pie plate is for!?! My ancestors are shaking their heads in disgust… Okay, I may not be a master baker, but it is my hope this book will allow me to produce a decent loaf of bread AND your proving cloth will certainly help make this possibly! I remember my grandma ALWAYS used one! Thanks for offering it!

    • Heather Yung says:

      Well shit! Should have proof read my comment prior to submitting. My ancestors are really shaking their heads now. Grammar and spelling apparently didn’t make it into my skill set either!

  288. Christina says:

    The only “bread” I’ve ever made is biscuits and buns. I would love to try my hand at making a proper loaf. Thanks for the give away!

  289. Heather says:

    I would love a proving cloth for this novice of a bread maker. I’ve had the book Artisan Bread Five Minutes a Day for years, but we mostly use it for the pizza dough 🙂

  290. Pat Kotylak says:

    Yes, please- I would like to win the proving cloth! Making bread intimidates me so perhaps a proving cloth would give me more confidence to tackle it? Not so sure if it will be a good idea to have fresh baked bread in the house though- I’ll want to eat it all on day 1 (with butter of course!)

  291. zm says:

    I’m relatively new to bread baking. I’ve used the Speedy No-Knead Bread recipe from the NY Times with great results, but have been wanting to experiment more. I’ve got this proving cloth on my birthday wish-list, but it’d be much more fun to win it. Thanks!

  292. Jen Weaver says:

    Hubby makes all the bread at home because….well because I married a dude that loves to cook. And, I hate cooking, so it’s a match made in heaven. Speaking of heaven, his bread is heavenly….but listening to him grumble when working with wet dough has lost it’s charm and the entertainment value has decreased considerably. If this will get him to quit complaining…..ahem, I mean, if this will help my lovely man’s life a little easier….sign me up! 🙂

  293. Karen Haas says:

    I would love a beautiful proving cloth, as I am just starting to make my own bread.

  294. tracie says:

    I would love a proving cloth! I’ve made some great bread in the past, when I was a stay at home mom, but nothing in a very long time. I’m thinking the bread without all that kneading is also in order for me…

  295. Val says:

    Love it! I haven’t made bread by hand in a while, but I like the idea of getting back into it.

  296. Kristy Hielscher says:

    love that book and I am well-known for baking fresh bread all the time! I’d love a chance to try out a proving cloth!

  297. Sheri says:

    I have never baked bread in my life, but I would like to start. I love bread warm from the oven with butter.

  298. Jen says:

    I’m an old hand (and other old parts too).

  299. L says:

    Would **Love** to try the baking cloth. I want to try making gluten-free bread because it should be less expensive AND taste way better.

  300. Janice says:

    I would love to have one of these fabulous looking, useful cloths. I am getting back to baking bread after many years of child raising. I have never used a proving cloth.

  301. Jan says:

    I have that bread book and you are absolutely correct that it makes a wet dough. I would love the proofing cloth or anything that would make working with the dough easier. Thanks for the giveaway!

  302. Carol says:

    I love to bake bread…and pizza, don’t forget making pizza dough. And cinnamon rolls.

  303. Kathryn says:

    I have never used a proving cloth, would like to try it.

  304. Judi says:

    Yes love making bread of any kind would love to try linen

  305. Emily says:

    Fall is definitely bread making and bread eating time! What else am I going to do with all those jars of jam I sweated over/in this summer?

  306. Patty says:

    I’m new to the world of bread making and I would love a proving cloth.

  307. Tammy S says:

    It’d be great to use the cloth when I pull out the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes book. The process was scarily simple – and the end product was AMAZING!! Would love to try the cloth along with it – plus baking bread in the fall and winter takes the chill off of the house – bonus!
    Thanks for the chance.

  308. Jody Sloan says:

    I was just thinking that I’d love to make sour dough bread again, looking forward to the Fall weather!!! I also think I should check into that Artisan bread book!!! The linen proofing cloth would be awesome to use too!!!

  309. Catherine Manning says:

    I would love to experiment with proper gluten-free breadmaking with a proving cloth….feels like a new zone, but one I’d like to enter! Thanks for the chance to try for a freebie! 🙂

  310. Patsy says:

    Good G-d but there are sooooo many comments…yes would love the oven, book, and proofing cloth. I love to make/bake bread…the hips don’t lie sister!!

  311. Cindy Vives says:

    I haven’t baked bread in years. I’m going to have to dig out my old recipe for Oatmeal pecan wheat bread.

  312. KimS says:

    I have made my own bread (took a bread making class, in fact!). Haven’t done it in a while. I need to look into this easy method and get a proving cloth!

  313. Deb says:

    My bread doubles as bricks, in case anyone is thinking of building something that needs that type of endurance. I made gf bread once, and I think I could have actually hurt someone if it accidentally dropped on them. I continually buy active yeast, just so it can tease me in the pantry, as I love the thought of making bread.. so maybe the linen would get me back into it 🙂 and help make it edible? btw, how do you stay so thin when you make so much bread!!

  314. susan dachille says:

    Hello Karen,
    Wow, you must be spending your whole day reading all these pathetic requests for a freebie! Well put me on that list too since I would love to throw away my old tattered cloth that I now use. Please, please, pleeeeese pick me.

  315. MaryJo says:

    I’ve been baking bread for closing in on 60 years, but I have never used a proofing cloth. I would really like to try using one but I probably won’t go out and buy one. So it would be cool to get one from you! =0)

  316. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Holey Moley!! Amazing how many folks come outta the woodwork when there’s a possible freebie eh? ‘K guess I’m one of them . . . lol.

  317. Maria McPherson says:

    A proofing cloth for my kitchen? … Sassy 😉
    Please throw my name in the ring!

  318. Jodie LeCaine says:

    The end of summer definitely does suck but I have planted milkweed for the sole purpose of raising a few monarchs next summer thanks to your instructions – so there is always something to look forward too! I would love to be entered into the giveaway…thanks!

  319. Gigi says:

    I just retired
    I just turn the A/C down to 60
    I’m just ready to bake
    I just now need the proofing cloth

  320. Lynne Burns says:

    I hate the end of summer. I hate that I dream about baking bread and then never do. I hate that I don’t own that sweet proving cloth already. Cause if I did I might actually bake damn bread. Then I could add something else to the list of things I hate. Like running out of fancy European butter to spread on my freshly baked bread…..sigh….

  321. Liz Douglas says:

    I used to make bread all of the time. I haven’t for a long time though. Probably because I don’t have a Rough Linen Proofing Cloth. I would really love one.

  322. Arlene Hogan says:

    My grandma lived with us when I was young. she make bread and she always had this gross looking cloth she used Her bread was wonderful as was grandma..but really,, a heavy cotton cloth she didn’t wash ???.NOW..lookie..this is what she had !!!I must learn how to use one.

  323. Molly says:

    I bake sourdough bread more or less every weekend and proofing is currently a mystery to me. I mean, I get the idea. But my plain old cotton tea towel that I tried to infuse with flour stuck HORRIBLY and I haven’t had the nerve to try it again. One of these cloths would probably help.

  324. UrbanFarmKid Marti says:

    I am an “old hand” at baking my own bread. But I *need* that cloth give to my best friend. Why, you might ask?

    Because her husband hates me and yet if I gave it to her, she would hang it in the kitchen all the time, untouched (because she had no idea what to do with it, being a NONbaker) and he wold see your lovely cleaver logo, looking at him. Reminding him. Worrying him.

    Please-please-please, don’t I deserve to win, just for that lovely reason alone?

    • Erin says:

      You just got my vote!

      • UrbanFarmKid Marti says:

        Awwww, thanks Erin! Pretty sure it doesn’t work that way (Karen probably does some annoying “fair and impartial” drawing or equally unhelpful process like that.)

        Worst comes to worst, I say I draw a stick figure of a hangman and stick it on their fridge next time he’s away?

  325. Kathleen says:

    Would love to win the proofing cloth – and would definitely bake more often.
    Your posts make my day better – start with a big grin!

  326. Deneen says:

    I’ve made a few loaves of bread in my day. But, I wouldn’t consider myself all that great at it. I’m sure that having one of your proofing cloths would change all of that!

  327. Carole says:

    I used to make bread when my 3 sons lived at home but haven’t in a long time. I must admit just from your pictures I could smell the fresh bread and my mouth started watering. Thanks for a wonderful memory. I should start again. I bet the neighbors would love it. I don’t have my grandmother’s proving cloth any longer, a new one would be great.

  328. Sheryl says:

    I want to say, again, I love your photos. You do know you are super talented at photography, and making videos, right? I hope you are making dough, back-bacon (or bringing home the bacon) and loonies, on the side, by selling your very excellent photos to Stockimo. Too much?
    Okay, I bought the book after you recommended it, love the book, love the bread, want the linen. Did I mention I’d love you forever? Maybe not.

  329. Nancy Frierson says:

    Brand spanking new to baking. Does the book include rolls and such? I love the color of the cloth it’s beautiful and I would take great care of it.

  330. Tara says:

    Would love the bread proving cloth! We are traveling the country in our renovated RV and I have yet to make bread in our tiny oven!

  331. GC Lehman says:

    Would LOVE this cloth. I almost turned into a regular bread baker a whole ago….maybe this would give me the push to get back into it.

    ….too bad you weren’t giving the book away at the same time. That would GUARANTEE it!!

  332. Myra says:

    I love making (and eating) homemade bread but don’t do it often enough. Maybe the cloth would encourage me!

  333. gloria says:

    I never win, but I keep trying. Thanks.

  334. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    A proofing cloth would be an awesome tool to have. I have only made bread dough in a bread machine. I always use bread flour because I found it gave a more bakery-like product. With the recipes from this book, do you use all-purpose flour or bread?

    Just made a run to Gunn’s Bakery, a Winnipeg icon. Would love to make my own bread that tastes even half as good as their’s does.

  335. Pam B says:

    Hiya Karen!!! This wold be something brand brand brand new for me. And I’d love to try it too. Thanks for ending the summer so wonderfully. Have a great weekend, hugs!!!

  336. janet, from just down the road. says:

    Hi Karen,

    Wow! So many comments today. I always love reading them but I won’t get through them all today.

    I am, trying, to become an old hand at bread baking and would just love a proving cloth to help

  337. Teresa Jennings Richardson says:

    Of course I love to have a linen proofing cloth. And I really appreciate your showing us how to season it properly. I remember my Grandma using one when I was a child. She let us watch her make bread, but we were not allowed to touch any of her equipment. She had a special bowl, a special stone crock for her sour dough leavening, her rolling pin, and that huge square of linen. It always smelled so good and I loved the mystery of her kitchen as she hummed to herself almost unaware a grand child was mesmerized by what she was doing. I can almost smell and taste the delicious bread slathered in homemade butter that finally popped out of her old cast iron wood burning stove.

  338. Sharon says:

    Count me in please! I’m an old hand. (I’ve been making bread a long time, too.) 🙂

  339. Jamie says:

    The last time I attempted making bread, the dough fell on the floor and my dog Max got to it before me – had I had a proofing cloth, This tragedy could have been averted (although Max didn’t seem to mind). Please send me the cloth, your fellow Hip fan in Mississauga (think of the small shipping cost 🙂
    Shameless aren’t I 😉

    • Jamie says:

      Plus Max loves Fall so …

      • Jamie says:

        Then again, so does his brother Howard

        • Jamie says:

          Okay so … key elements to remember here …
          1. I love to bake bread
          2. Tragic-comedy bread story element with cute doggie picture (on National Dog Day, no less)
          3. Related cute doggie pictures, in Cdn Hudson Bay Fall sweaters
          I mean … that’s what I got … I’m leaving nothin’ on the field for this proofing cloth

  340. Jody says:

    You have impeccable timing. I was planning on making bread this weekend using the Artisan book. Your proofing cloth would be a great addition.

  341. Erin says:

    I used to be an old hand, about 20 years ago.
    I was given the 5 min artisan bread book last Christmas…maybe a hint?
    So I could be a new hand with that lovely proofing cloth.
    No pressure.

  342. Andrea says:

    Holy s**t…do you know how long I had to scroll to put in my wildest desire of owning a proving cloth!!! Apparently its a dire need to alot of women! Iwould love to own one!;)

  343. Joyce says:

    Cloth? Yes, please.

  344. Vanessa Dubyk says:

    I bake bread!! and I’ve been interested in this linen since your post about it, curious how it changes the bread making game!

  345. Kim says:

    When our kids were at home, we used to have a saying in our house that “Sunday is bun-day.” Sadly, I am so out of practice now that when the kids came home this summer the buns did not turn out all that well (quite the understatement, actually). I would love to re-establish my love of baking with the addition of a proofing cloth. Maybe they’d turn out and the kids would come home for bun-day. 😉

  346. Liz says:

    I’ve only made non-yeast dough so I’d love to try to make other types of bread!

  347. Lynda Atwood says:

    I’ve made a few loaves of bread in my day. And I did have a bread machine, for a while, blah, give me good old fashioned homemade by hand bread any day.

  348. Brandy Ballard says:

    I’ve never made bread but I’d love to try it out!!!

  349. M Wilt says:

    I have 5 minute bread cooling on the countertop right now.

  350. Courtney T. says:

    I’d love to win the proving cloth so I can tell my husband I’m the bread (cloth) winner now!

  351. Jim Vallas says:

    Hope a guy can get involved. Provide the linen and I will buy the book – promise!

  352. Catherine says:

    I’m a dab hand at baking, but I have a ratty old dish towel doing duty as a proofing cloth. It’s sad. Does the job, but sadly

  353. jainegayer says:

    My son did not eat store bought bread until he was 5 years old. I had a trusty old bread book with trusty recipes that required LONG rising times so a 5 minute bread cookbook is just what I need! Oh, and I NEED that proving cloth too!

  354. su says:

    I too use an old dish towel…. it’s clean but not exactly pretty…. love to bake and try different breads

  355. Elizabeth Closs says:

    Ah ha! Bring on the bread bag!

  356. Carlette says:

    My husband is a James Beard follower, but I have the New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day book, and he’s never used it. I used it all the time when we were dating, but now he bakes all the bread. If I got this proving cloth, I could convince him to bake more bread. It’s been a while, and I could really use the carbs.

  357. Lori says:

    I’m a bread-making newbie, but man, do I love linen. 🙂

  358. Hilda Munk says:

    PickME! PickME! PickME!
    I once sent a Fax (remember those??) with this on it and won $1,000 from a radio station. So, I thought –whyNOT, right?
    BTW: Thanks to YOU & that Super-dooo-PER bread book, I’m making bread again. Ohyeah…We-Be Loaf-Lovers.
    Ta-Ta~ hilda

  359. Sara Miller says:

    I bake bread on occasion, but only the kind that requires kneading and rising and kneading and rising and hoping the kids/cats don’t get nasty bits of fluff stuck to it in the process. In dire need of awesome, fluff-repelling proving cloths. A no-knead recipe would also be just fine.

  360. Jane says:

    I have never baked bread, I would love to try it. I promise to try it if I win the oroving cloth.

    I usually read your posts after dinner AND all the comments but too many to read tonight. Nice to see all the other lurkers in the family 🙂

  361. Rachel Jennings says:

    One of those cloths would sure come in handy when I’m making my homemade tortillas! Please enter me in your drawing!

  362. Sonja says:

    My hands are older than they used to be, but not as old as they will be tomorrow; I don’t think I’m really and ‘old hand’ at bread making… I have made bread before, but never, never, never have I been lucky enough to use a rough linen proving cloth. 😉

  363. Julie says:

    Just moved to a new house, in a new province, would love to try my hand at a new thing. Getting the proving cloth would be the excuse I need to get a new cook book.

  364. Sara says:

    haven’t baked bread in years, but I think the proving cloth would be just the thing I needed to get me in the act again.

  365. SandraDee says:

    I hope I’m only fashionably late for this party!

    Karen, I joined something called GNOWFGLINS last year so I could learn to homestead, part of which would include making my own organic sourdough starter and, using that, create organic ancient grain sourdough that even people avoiding gluten could enjoy. Note I said “would include” – I got overwhelmed by life and still haven’t checked it out.

    Now that we have moved to rural BC, decent bread is hard to come by – not to mention, expensive, I’m thinking I should start with the Kindle version of the bread-making book (my Kindle should arrive in the next week or two, barring a PO strike) and I would be thrilled if I could start my new bread-making career off right, with one of your lovely linen thingies.

  366. Sheila says:

    I am new to bread making and I am quite sure if I don’t win, I will be purchasing.. Good luck everyone..

  367. Gayle'' says:

    Michigan here. I am SO looking forward to the cooler colorful days of autumn here so I can get back to making sourdough again — not sure my figure will bear it again, tho. I was giving it away last winter because the two of us couldn’t eat it all quickly enough. I have wanted to get the Artisan Bread cookbook because I could make smaller loaves for the two of us. And a proofing cloth would be so fab!

  368. Patti Shiels says:

    Such wonderful textile. I would love to have one.

  369. I’ve been baking bread since 2011 when I started my sourdough starter. Nothing better than fresh sourdough bread with peach vanilla jam and a hot cup of coffee.

  370. Sharon B. says:

    I would LOVE to win a linen proving cloth! I just bought The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes and Day a while ago but haven’t had time to try the recipes, although I have read a good part of the book. I’m eager to try 5 minute a day bread and I know if you go to you can get more recipes to use the dough for. Thanks very much for writing about your use of the linen proving cloth. I saved your previous blogpost on it for reference.

  371. marli says:

    I’ve made cheese for years, but for whatever reason bread always seemed like a lot of work. I think the book might change my mind. A nice proving cloth would help too. Thanks for this!
    Smiles, marli

  372. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Don’t know much about yeast breads, but I do make Irish Soda Bread, which I usualy wrap in a teatowel. Now your Rough Linen proving cloth would be brill for this too. Love it!

  373. Jen Mailer says:

    I’d love the linen! Bet it would beat my worn out cotton t-towel….I do love fall and all it’s yummy treasures.

  374. Julie says:

    Because I need more baking stuff…and bread is da bomb! I love no knead bread! 🙂

  375. rina says:

    Hello Karen Is it not called proofing cloth? Or am i mistaken. I am the one that can’t spell bread.

    • Karen says:

      Nope. It’s actually called a proving cloth. 🙂 Proofing is an Americanized version of the word, that’s all. You can use either term. ~ karen!

  376. Vincent says:

    I used to bake a delicious sourdough loaf frequently, but it’s been a while. My daughter took over most baking duties for the past couple of years but now she’s off to college and I should at least pick back up with some bread baking so I can make low-sodium bread for myself again. Therefore I would love to try your nifty cloth!

  377. Sandie Schneider says:

    A proving cloth, yes please 😀

  378. Amanda G says:

    I’ve been a Kneader for years …. And we’ll I like to knead…. I find it therapeutic. My sister gave me the “no knead cookbook” for Christmas a few years ago and I kinda turned my nose up at it. This summer I decided to make Nancy Silverton’s sourdough starter …. While I was waiting for this science experiment to unfold in my kitchen, I decided to try the no knead method and OMG never going back !!! That and cooking it in a Dutch oven are game changers!!! Jim Lahey has you proof on a regular well floured towel but I’m ready to up my game and need that cloth!! ????????

  379. Lori says:

    I’ve been baking bread for about 30 years but couldn’t figure out why my tea towels stuck to my bread. Now I know, towels aren’t proofing cloths! I’d love to win your proofing cloth. ❤️ I can’t wait to make some of that no knead bread too!

  380. Betsy says:

    What a nice way to kick off my winter habit bread baking to warm the apartment!

  381. Erica says:

    I need that cloth. I love artisan bread in five minutes a day too… The dough hook they suggest it amazing.

  382. Alicia says:

    I recently made my own sourdough starter and have been making 2 loaves a week! So much better than store bought! I would love to win a proofing cloth!

    Thank you!


  383. Lauren says:

    I have been thinking of these since you posted about your partnership! I make little mini pizza things I call flatbreads on a regular (weekly) basis and have for over a year now. I love them (esp now with tomatoes from the garden *swoon*), but have been craving a good crusty loaf recipe that’s just as easy and quick. Good tools make all the difference- I can’t go back to the days before a pizza stone or grill and a good peel- and your cloths look so well thought out- I’d love to start experimenting!

  384. Diane says:

    We had summer last Sunday. That’s it…last Sunday. Maybe for a few hours tomorrow but if I hope for it too much the hail gods will strike again. I love Calgary. Love it, love it, love it. Eating a loaf of freshly baked bread will make fall worthwhile…. Please??

  385. I would send this cloth to a best friend who lives in the US (and I miss her) and spends a lot of time preparing food, lovingly, for her family…
    I think I’d have to get the book for her too…
    Julia x

  386. Jenn Billesberger says:

    Soooo – – different from the previous 986 responses I’ve just left the hottest spot in Canada (35C) and am not yet geared to bread making. HOWEVER – I am sure once I wait 10 min back in Calgary I will be needing your proofing cloth ( not sure how to proof – hopefully it does that for me) for my inaugural first ever bread. Which should coincide with our annual August snow fall. Good luck to me!!

  387. Cred says:

    Oh, I’d love to win a prooving cloth. Once it’s cooler, I make the occasional loaf of bread. Loooove artisan bread in 5- I like the European boule. And I’d like to get better at sourdough.
    Wish I had the pizza oven to bake in- that would really make me happy to see fall.

  388. SeaDee says:

    And the girl who likes to share her love of reading and cooking and chickens and making things gave the proofing cloth to the girl who just learned about a proofing cloth and all the other things the chicken girl likes to share. (I’m sending out a positive vision ?)

    Written at 2:30 in the morning and I’ve been sick for a week so….

  389. Susan says:

    I love the 5 minute bread book, though I need to try a few more recipes. I’m often too lazy to prove the bread and just go for the pan frying option. Maybe a proving cloth would help.

  390. Jebberjay says:

    I’m a novice at bread making but have been coached by a pro. My beau’s mum and dad ran a cottage industry bread production using a traditional Quebec wood fired clay oven that they built themselves. With one fired oven they produced 20 baguettes and 25-30 loaves of bread a day. Pros!

  391. Jebberjay says:

    Me to Beau: “Hey! My blog woman has a recipe for no knead dough!”

    Beau: “No need dough?”

    Me: “No. Knead. Dough. ”

    Beau: “But you NEED dough??? It’s what bread IS. It’s dough”.

    Me: “hahahahahahahah!”

    Beau: “Ohhhhhh! Hahahahahah!”

  392. Cindy says:

    I am an old hat at making bread, but I’ve always been too cheap to buy a proofing cloth 🙂 I would love this!!!

  393. Cheryl Smith-Bell says:

    With so many great comments, I doubt I’ll get noticed, but I’m pretty new and am looking to improve my baking this fall, and would love a proving cloth!

  394. Sandra says:

    Crap – this will be like winning the Lotto (of which I have won piddling amounts; never the big one), but if I don’t throw in my two cents, I can’t win. I LOVE homemade bread, and this 5 minute recipe sounds great, but I never have enough room in my fridge to keep the dough. Will have to make room, if I win this wonderful sounding linen cloth.

  395. OMG!!! Doesn’t anybody have anything better to do than enter your contest this weekend???!!! (Besides me?) Of course, I want a proving cloth!!! I am semi-new to baking bread – but I know that the proving cloth would work wonders with rolling out gingerbread dough – which I still do – it’s my son’s favourite in the WHOLE world!

  396. Denese says:

    I once commented to a cousin that I could not make pastry no matter which recipe or method I tried. She replied that I must be able to make good bread then, as if this correlation was common knowledge. ‘Apparently’ we are either gifted with cold hands, which result in pastry-making prowess, or warm hands, which aid in bread-making. I thought, okay, I have turned out quite a few loaves of decent bread in my time, but then I remembered “cold hands, warm heart” and for a fleeting second my cold heart wanted to use my warm hands to pinch her for revealing my inner secret …….but I digress. I still love her to bits, but now I take comfort in the fact that she had given me a lofty excuse to pass on the pies and turn fruit into crisps instead. And to continue to utilize the miracle that can result from the marriage of flour and yeast. And warm hands.

    • Elaine says:

      You’ve given me hope, Denese! I always am very warm and can’t make pastry so maybe, if I won the proving cloth, I might turn out decent bread! I’ve always been too intimidated to try it! Poor Karen – trying to read all these requests!

  397. Michelle J. says:

    I’m brand new!

  398. Geez! Tough competition! I live in the west and I can’t wait for the end of summer and fire season. Boo ~Hiss to fire season, fires, and smoke. Yahoo for the hot firemen!! I’d love to “bake” bread for them….uh, lost my train of thought. Back to the give-away….yes, please.

  399. Morgan Koji says:

    I want one to go with my antique bread bowl!!

  400. AMD says:

    I love baking bread and pizza crusts, and I would love a proving cloth from Rough Linen–one of my favorite places to shop! Thanks for the opportunity!

  401. Rene Walkin says:

    OMG-I would so love a proving cloth! Maybe it will elevate me from hit and miss bread maker to an ace!

  402. Kris says:

    Please pick me – I love Rough Linen, I love that proofing cloth, and I love the pizza oven!

    I used to bake bread regularly – not for a while – and will try again with the book!

    Thanks, Karen – for the lovely giveaway and the great blog.

  403. Elaine says:

    My vacuum is now REALLY dusty as I’ve had too much fun reading all these requests!! How will you ever, ever choose, Karen?? I’m seeing photos of dogs and stories of broken arms, etc. and am wondering: does a second knee replacement count? I’m of a certain vintage and ashamed to say that I’m a “yeast virgin”! I have never made bread! There, I’ve admitted it and feel better already !

    This give-away is perfect timing as I now live alone in a condo and no longer make the meals I used to and was just thinking that when the Summer heat EVER leaves this “valley town”, I’m going to start making soups for myself and what’s the perfect accompaniment? Bread! After reading the first 60 requests, I went on Amazon and read excerpts of the revised artisan bread book and now that I’ve read there’s no kneading, etc., I’m going to order it and give bread-making a try whether I win or not! I’ve had so much fun reading all these requests – thanks for the entertainment!

  404. Linda says:

    Used to make bread all the time…sadly those days are gone. But I might possibly be able to do it again if I had this wonderful proving cloth.

  405. Holly says:

    I am new to bread baking. I would love to have a Rough Linen proofing cloth to make it legit!

  406. Kim says:

    I have never tried it but have always wanted to. Now could be my chance!!!

  407. Natalie says:

    I have never baked bread, but have been wanting to try.

  408. Heather (mtl) says:

    Do I want a proving cloth?! Of bleepin’ course, I do 😀
    Summer is nearly over – yet…. We’re still having such heat my rhubarb is drooping. My balconey still has no floor, ceiling or railing 3 months in on a 2 month job (only 45 out of 96 have been done and the guys contract ends Tuesday), I’ve roasted heaps of my ‘the squirrels didn’t get these ones!’ Toms (the best, BTW, to use on naan bread as a pizza sauce) and I will make the Cowboy Candy recipe with my jalapeno and guero (santa fe grande) peppers this week (thanks for the tip!)
    I can’t wait to get back to bread baking! That book is on my Christmas list, but that proving cloth would sure make me feel less cranky. Hint, hint.

  409. Barb says:

    There isn’t anything better than home made bread & I would love to bake my own bread now that I am fully retired (no excuses).

    Count me in.


  410. MichelleR says:

    Please Karen may I have a proofing cloth? I need all the help I can get…..

  411. Barb says:

    Love love home made bread, I make my own pizza dough all the time! Like the other Barb I’m about to retire – first project is a cob oven! A proving cloth would be perfect and would go with my rough linen bread bag!

  412. Treva Thompson says:

    We just moved into a new house with a beautiful kitchen and I am so inspired to learn to bake. First order of business? Bread!! I’ve heard amazing things about the book and would love a bread proofing cloth to use when I’m learning. Keep up the awesomeness!

  413. Karen Stor says:

    Sorry, no boooo or hissss here! I LOVE fall. The first time all summer that I turned my oven on was yesterday. My first Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin was ripe. I baked and froze it for pie, cakes and cookies. It can’t come soon enough for me.
    Yes, I would like to win a bread proofing cloth. Maybe I can make some pumpkin bread???

  414. Margy says:

    Would love to try using the
    Bread proofing cloth.

  415. Joan says:

    I’m thinking a linen proving cloth is the inspiration I need to join the 5 minute bread club.
    However Karen, you are ‘proof’ enough for me that no task is too much for a woman to take on – I break bread with you every time I read your posts!

  416. Roz says:

    I’m an old hand at baking bread, been doing it for 25 years. I’ve got the book, but not the cloth. Please send.

  417. Emma says:

    Is it too late to enter??
    I love all your posts. Every time something comes up in my garden and home to puzzle you are posting a helpful answer like you READ MY FREAKING MIND.
    Thank you so much for all your helpful information. BTW
    Fall is still a month away …and I need that proving linen cloth because it is useful and pretty just like you!!!
    Hey sucking up is my answer to winning because ….1 million other people want what I want apparently.
    Please please please
    I have made Michael Smiths overnight no knead bread with great success…and have to try your recipe.

  418. Angelica Titus says:

    Looking forward to cool weather to start baking bread!

  419. Please add me to the list of entries. I’d make good use of the cloth. I need a bigger container, though, to keep the raw dough. It’s an awful mess when it barfs out all over the shelves. ?

  420. valerie says:

    I’m kind of new to bread making, i would love to get such a nice accessory!

  421. Melissa M says:

    I live in Cape Town so our spring is about to start-yay! Would love to make fresh bread for easy summer meals outside!

  422. Nicole says:

    Hoping this is a random draw, and not based on a clever comment (I just can’t compete with the high level here!) However I’d really love that proving cloth, so here I am adding my name to the list. But do have a cute and funny beagle playing hide and seek in my flower bed, for what it’s worth!

  423. Molly Eichar says:

    I’ve been baking bread regularly since young adulthood, just like my mother and grandmother(s) before me. Of course, I learned in childhood, but somehow it counts more when people rely on you, your very ownself, for their daily bread.

    I like to think I’ve gone past bread books because I can put yeast, liquid and flour together in combination with anything I fancy, but I *do* refer to recipes for seasonal breads, flaky breads (croissants), and special sweet breads when I want an absolutely consistent result. Because my breads, while always tasty, always nutritious, always a joy to eat, my breads are one of a kind.

    I fancy your rough linen proofing (surely not “proving”) cloths. It would be a new experience in a long life of new bread experiences.

    • Karen says:

      Actually it is “proving” Molly. I’m a writer. I know my words and (generally) my spelling. 🙂 You must be American and therefore favour the Americanized spelling of “proofing”. Countries living under British rule (i.e the countries of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia etc… ) are familiar with the term as proving. ~ karen!

      • Molly Eichar says:

        Oh, no! It’s “proving” in the Commonwealth? How did I never know that? I taught writing, and am now embarrassed that I may have unwittingly passed on an Americanism. Lucky it was in university where baking bread is as rare as (insert preferred, hyperbolic simile here) and “proving” is typically a matter of statistics 🙂

        It put it down to all the US cookbooks and websites I’ve read over the years. Maybe I should follow the lead of Wild Yeast and “ferment” the dough:

        …and I’d still love to be the lucky winner of the proving (aka fermenting) cloth!

  424. Karla says:

    I don’t want your lovely proofing cloth. How about that? I’m a weaver and I have several cones of natural linen on hand. All I have to do is warp up the loom and make one (actually several, because if you are going to warp a loom, make it worth your time). I’ve been baking bread since I was about 9 – a very, very long time ago and always used a dish towel to cover the dough. You may just have given me the impetus to bring out the linen. Thanks.

  425. I LOVE YOU! I originally found your blog while googling “how to darn a sock”. I am a cook supervisor in a junior high school and I feel very comfortable cooking food for 450-600 kids a day. My son will be a senior in high school this year and he has developed a penchant for baking bread. He recently spent some of his own money to buy a digital scale for baking. (Such a foreign concept for me because I cook from instinct and experience-a pinch of this, a splash of that, a mouthful of this). I am entering this competition to win the linen for him. Thank you for making it look so easy!

  426. Cathy says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’m terrified to make my own bread…but this might just be the push it need. Thanks for making me laugh so hard and for often. 🙂

  427. Karin Sorensen says:

    uuuhm….. boo? hissss? naaah, i love fall. imma over the heat, i want crisp mornings and bustly walks in the woods.

    but i would like me one of them bread proofing linens. i got out off baking bread a little mostly because i haven’t found THE recipe yet. my dad in law gave me a good Tuscan bread recipe and his turns out fluffin’ fantastic every time. mine is okaaaay.

    oh yeah and my birthday was yesterday :0B not that i expect that to have any impact or anything

    thanks for the opportunity Karen


  428. Tania says:

    Long time reader, first time commentator. I would love one of these bread linen bags. I’ve wanted to get into making my own bread but I’ve been intimidated by the process. This would really help me get motivated!

  429. Linda says:

    I need a proving cloth because I’ve started baking my own bread but am still not very good at it.

    • Patricia Polmanteer says:

      Just remember to relax and enjoy parts of bread making including the munching of it.. 😉 I love to bake breads and have a few favorite and easy recipies..

  430. Patricia Polmanteer says:

    I would love a new proofing cloth for my breads.

  431. Jack says:

    I’ve been baking bread for several decades now.

  432. Danell says:

    Using a proving cloth is a new way for me. I usually use my mixing dish and
    either a warm, damp towel or plastic wrap over the top.:-) Would love to try the linen cloth!

  433. Liz M says:

    I love baking bread, and I completely agree with you – it’s one of the activities that makes me most look forward to fall.

  434. Mel says:

    I’m not new to making bread, nor am I an expert. I’m middle of the road. I am, however, an expert at eating fresh homemade bread. I would love to win a proving cloth, I plan on making lots of bread this winter as it is the next store bought item I’m transitioning to making myself.

  435. Carolyn says:

    I would like to join the tens of thousands of other people who want to enter the contest.
    My mom used to make the most delicious whole wheat bread from the flour my uncle stone-ground in his basement. So sad he no longer lives there. 🙁

  436. Alexandra Smith says:

    I am so new to baking bread but it has been so fun! I would love to enter the giveaway 🙂 My mother makes it fresh so I have to step my game up!! I am so happy I started 🙂

  437. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..How did I miss this..I have got to keep my mind from wandering so far from the rest of me…I have baked plenty of bread in my day…I mostly do it in Autumn and Winter now because that is when I make my soups and the soup and bread are just meant to go together..I would love to try one of your loaves fresh out of the cob oven Karen..slathered in butter that is…

  438. After my mom died, I had to teach myself to bake bread. I just couldn’t stand the thought of never having bread made from the recipe that she and grandma used again. I love baking. But I’d sure love something to make it a bit easier since I often find myself cooking for my teenage son AND his friends.

  439. Jeanne says:

    I’ve been baking bread for a while but have never had a nice proofing cloth! I’d love one!

  440. Eva says:

    There were a few attempts, but not really successful – the odd edible loaf, among quite a few mishaps … It might be a proving cloth that would make the difference, though 🙂 And 5 minutes a day sounds intriguing, and the photos make me drool …
    Kind regards!

  441. Meg Brennan says:

    I recently started baking bread after being inspired by your blog and um..hello! Why did I not start this sooner? When I first read about your proofing cloth with Rough Linen (prior to my baking bread discovery) I didn’t quite get it…but now, I TOTALLY understand. I would absolutely be over the moon If I won. I would most definitely take it to bed with me, that is how much I would love it.

  442. Roxanne says:

    I would love to try to make bread and using the rough linen proving cloth. I have a recipe that a friend had given me years ago that I have never taken the time to try.

  443. Barbie says:

    I gotta get that book! ANd the proving cloth thingy! I’m a big bread baker….well….used to be anyway….but love to bake bread!

  444. Barbie says:

    …….and YES….the end of summer SO SUCKS!!!

  445. Martha Hawthorne says:

    Your photos have me drooling. I have to bake GF bread for my Celiac family. Would that cool cloth work for me?

  446. Katrina says:

    I am a bread making newbie.

    So new in fact, you take the bread out the cloth and put it in the oven right?

    See, I need this!

  447. sarah says:

    i’ve never made my own bread. i’ve wanted to, but never had luck with pie crusts or pizza dough, so i just gave up on all yeast-based recipes. i don’t know why it’s so hard for me. isn’t it just 3 or 4 ingredients!?!

  448. Ann Beck says:

    Yes I would love to have your baking bread cloth. I haven’t baked bread in over 20 years so I guess I’m kinda new at it again. And I wanna get back to

  449. Mitzi Crawford says:

    Just in case you didn’t pick one of us yet. PICK ME PICK ME HAND RAISED AND WAVING FURIOUSLY LIKE A 3rd grader jumping up and down in her seat!!! Pick meeeeee!!!!! I want what ever you’re giving away for what ever reason!!!!! Pick meeeeee!!!!!! The oven the linen bread cloth meeeee!!! Pick me!!! Pleeeeezzzzzzzeeee!

  450. Marilynn says:

    I bought a proving cloth when I read your post about them, but it’s for my daughter who bakes bread frequently. I’d love to have one also! I’m going to purchase the book you recommended also!

  451. Lizzie says:

    I just bought this book, and LOVE it. I mean bread without kneading? Just throw it in a bucket and it makes itself better than I could ever hope to with brute force? I’m in there like swimwear. Now I just need this nifty proving cloth to really make my life easy…

  452. Jules says:

    I too would love the bread making cloth. Bread making would be new to me but I’d love to get into making my own. I can smell it now!!!!

  453. Martina says:

    I have this on my wishlist! I’ve been baking bread for a long time but still don’t have a proving cloth.

  454. Michelle says:

    I just found your blog….laughing so hard that well, I do what a lot of other 48 y.o. do. Anyway, what the hell is a proving cloth? I have been making bread for decades and I have never heard of it.

  455. Carla says:

    I have made the no knead bread a few times. It is super easy and tastes amazing! I used a brand new 100% cotton pillowcase as my proving cloth. A real proving cloth from Rough Linen would totally elevate my bread game.

  456. Phylicia M says:

    I normally live under a rock so I’m glad I resurfaced long enough to read this post! I normally binge-read all of your messages over the weekend and I would have missed out!
    I am an old hand at Artisan Bread in 5 minutes baking. Have had the book a few years now at least.
    Not only do I have the book, I have one of those lovely white square food grade buckets with the red lid (complete with a hole cut out in the middle) a lovely wooden dough hook -thingy that is more like a magic wand for my daughter. All I need now is your lovely proving cloth to complete the package!
    Happy baking!
    (By the way…I am currently using my lovely square bucket to ferment my chicken feed…so I might be in themarket for a new one)

  457. Phylicia M says:

    I normally live under a rock so I’m glad I resurfaced long enough to read this post! I normally binge-read all of your messages over the weekend and I would have missed out!
    I am an old hand at Artisan Bread in 5 minutes baking. Have had the book a few years now at least.
    Not only do I have the book, I have one of those lovely white square food grade buckets with the red lid (complete with a hole cut out in the middle) a lovely wooden dough hook -thingy that is more like a magic wand for my daughter. All I need now is your lovely proving cloth to complete the package!
    Happy baking!
    (By the way…I am currently using my lovely square bucket to ferment my chicken feed…so I might be in the market for a new one)

    • Phylicia M says:

      That cloth you see under the bread…? An old pillowcase….
      Can I get a boo? Can I get a hiss?
      Please help
      Me out of my ghetto bread making tools habit!

  458. susan costa says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    My husband is our bread, pizza, and roll baker in our house.
    He would love a proving cloth from Rough Linen.

  459. Lyn says:

    I am very new to baking bread. It would be so lovely if I got to use a free beautiful linen proving cloth! And besides I never win anything so I wouldn’t hardly be able to stand it. But I would. And then I would put dough in it.

  460. Debbie Gale says:

    To “Prove” or to ” Proof”, Karen, that is the question!? I have baked many a loaf in my day, a fav being Polish Easter Paska. Now, that takes some practice! I could still use that Proving Cloth, though! Lol. Thanks.

  461. Anne says:

    Am I too late? Would love to win this, as I have never used one before, although I remember my mother using something similar, but probably improvised.

  462. Codi C Watry says:

    I would love a proofing cloth! I’ve only baked bread once before, but I recently got the Artisan Bread book from my mother in law and want to try some more recipes.

  463. Shauna says:

    I’ve made bread, but I’m definitely not an old hand and one of my least favorite parts is the sticky dough on my board, so yes, yes please I would like a Rough Linen proving cloth.

  464. Heather says:

    Oh please, I NEED proving (proofing) cloths. I make bread for 3 families every week so it would be the bomb! Okay, now you know I’m old!!

  465. Bridgette Dennis says:

    Brand new to this bread making thang, but been eating bread for a long-long time

  466. Nancy Deni says:

    You are the best, simply the best. You must have been a comedian in another life. In any case, I’m not trying to flatter my way to winning a rough linen cloth but with a mom who has baked 5 to 10 loaves of bread every month of my life (46 years!!!!), it’s far from time I finally put my break baking lessons to good use. Even if I don’t win this, it’s time for me to start. Thanks Karen for always making us smile!

  467. Nancy Deni says:

    Didn’t realize I was three weeks too late. Still love you!!

  468. Maura says:

    I wouldn’t say I am an old hand at it … Only 3-4 years. I can see that the linen cloth would make clean up a lot faster. Thank you for the chance to win!

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