Nigella Lawson’s Shower Cap Trick For Proving Bread Dough Is Peak Nigella

Anna Lewis
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Delish

Last week, Nigella Lawson’s new series, Cook, Eat, Repeat, premiered on BBC Two to rave reviews on Twitter, including a fair few tweets from people saying how much they loved her leopard print chopping knife.

And last night, once again, Nigella reminded us of her love of animal print when she got her leopard print shower cap out.

Now, you may be wondering why on earth Nigella had her shower cap out, but there’s actually a really good reason – did you know that a shower cap is the perfect thing to use when covering bread dough when it’s proving?

In last night’s episode, Nigella treated us to her Old-Fashioned Sandwich Loaf recipe (she later used this bread to make the best-looking chicken sandwich I’ve ever seen). When it came to proving the dough, instead of covering it with a moist tea towel or cling film, Nigella whipped out her shower cap! She put the cap over the bowl with the dough, and thanks the elastic, it clung on like a dream.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC


Now, before you start worrying about rogue Imperial Leather suds getting into the dough, Nigella was quick to point out that she’d never actually worn the shower cap, as she uses it exclusively for cooking purposes.

In case you missed it, Nigella also taught us a very important lesson about buttering toast. Do it twice – once when the toast is hot so the butter melts, then again when it’s cooled down so you get a thick layer of butter on top of the melted butter. And there has to be a sprinkle of salt too.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

God, this is peak Nigella and I love it.

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