Bread Stenciling Tips

Stenciling your bread is always a fun way to decorate it and make it look more special, personalized, artistic and creative.

Bread Stencils

Since our Banneton kit comes with four unique designed stencils, we have gathered for you some of our greatest stenciling tips.


If you are planning to use flour onto your stencil, it is highly recommended to brush off any excess flour from the dough before using the stencil.

This way, your beautiful design won't "disappear" through the flour that covered your dough while proofing.

On the other hand, if you are planning on using a darker color with your stencil, such as cocoa powder, make sure that your dough is nicely coated with flour (feel free to add flour after the proofing process if needed).

This way, you will guarantee a beautiful contrast between the two colors.


Before using a stencil

Before placing your stencil on the dough, we do recommend to gently spritz with water the area where the stencil will be placed.

When doing so, try to minimize the amount of water to a one-time, quick, spritz so it won't affect the design's texture.

Also, make sure that you don’t spritz the dough from a really short distance.

Once the stencil is placed on the desired area, spread/sprinkle the topping onto the stencil.

When using flour with your stencil, another option that can be done is to brush off any excess flour (for better contrast), brush the dough with a little water using a pastry brush and then, gently dap the dough with a paper towel so it won't be wet.

Afterward, place the stencil on the desired area and spread/sprinkle the flour onto the stencil.


Be creative and enjoy the process

Stenciling doesn't have to be made with flour or cocoa powder only, feel free to experiment with other products such as spinach powder, turmeric, beetroot and more.

Combine stenciling and scoring together! Outline your stencil with some beautiful scoring art.




Each Spechef Banneton basket set comes with all of the bread baking supplies you need to make a delicious and healthy bread: 9” bread proofing basket that can hold up to 1.5 pounds of dough, cloth liner, 4 unique bread stencils with a personal touch, dough scraper and a lame bread slashing tool

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