This is a Super Peel. It is one of those products, like the Danish Dough Whisk, that changes the game for baking with our dough. I was skeptical that this cloth-covered peel would do the trick of transferring our wet dough onto the hot stone in the oven without sticking. I’ve come to use parchment to guarantee the dough won’t stick to the peel, but that’s not at all necessary with the Super Peel. Even after an 1 1/2 hour resting time the dough slid right off the cloth, no sticking, no prying it off with a dough scraper. Voila! The most exciting part is that it scoops the loaf off the hot stone with as much ease. No more chasing the loaf to the back of the oven while trying to get it back on the peel.
Now that we are heading into grilling season, and there is nothing better than pizza on the grill, you have to watch this video about using the Super Peel for transferring pizzas. Gary Casper invented the Super Peel and generously shared the Peel with me to try out.
I loved it so much I asked him to do a giveaway so we could share one with you. *Leave a note in the comments below and you will be eligible to win a Super Peel. The winner is: Sandy! We’ll be in touch, Sandy.
I used a Banneton to shape this loaf. It was a beautiful loaf, but not a true test of the super peel, since the dough does all of its rise in the basket, so it is only sitting on the peel for a few minutes before heading into the oven. The next one I made sat for 1 1/2 hours and it still slid right off.
I slashed the dough with a lame (pronounced laam), which slid right through the wet dough. We say to use a serrated knife, but if you’re a kitchen gadget type, you may want to give a lame a try. The one I used is made from black walnut and was a gift from Sarah, but you can get a lame that work just as well, but aren’t as fancy.
To successfully use the Super Peel just dust the cloth with flour, set your loaf on it, let it rise for the specified amount of time. This loaf sat for 1 1/2 hours and still slid right off, no sticking.
Slash the loaf and then use the Super Peel to easily slide the loaf onto the Baking Stone. The peel comes with instructions on how to assemble (easy) and how to use it (also very easy) to slide the loaf or pizza off the peel and how to them simply scoop it back up. It is a very clever system that reminds me of the deck oven loaders I used in culinary school. When I saw this peel it was a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment. So simple, but so effective.
Once the loaf is baked, just put the peel up against the loaf and the cloth will pull it back onto the peel. You have to see the videos to believe it.
The use of the banneton gives the loaf a beautiful ringed look. Once you are comfortable with our basic recipe it is fun to play with some of these kitchen toys to get a different look to your loaves. None of these things are necessary to get a great loaf, but some make the process easier or just more fun!
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