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Mar 23, 2014 04:03 PM

Panibois Wooden Baking Mold

Does anyone know if any retailer sells Panibois wooden baking molds in the GTA? Golda's Kitchen (the go to source for baking needs) does not. I know they can be purchased online from the US from Technobake, (they ship only Fedex or UPS Ground so horrendous brokerage fees), or Bakedeco, (they'll do US Post so only $10 Canada Post brokerage fee + HST on goods).

For anyone who is wondering about these they are baking molds made of natural poplar veneer 'using sophisticated gluing technology which make them heat resistant'. So, you can proof your dough in the basket and then slide it right into the oven to bake which you cannot to with a conventional banneton or proofing basket. They are made by a company in France that developed them in the early 90's. They are many different designs and they add a nice touch to breads, cakes, pastires and pies that you are giving as a gift. They are not expensive. Low quantities cost about $2 down to about 75 cents if you buy 100. On top of all that they are 100% biodegradable.

Some higher end bakeries use these disposable molds for their baked goods. They'll even add a logo to it for an extra charge.

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  1. I'm no help, but those are so cool! Now I want them!

    1. If you have a small parcel sent via USPS it is rarely flagged at customs, and simply transferred to Canada Post for delivery.

      You could also try posting on the Montreal/Quebec board, as the importers there have connections in France.

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      1. re: jayt90

        I noticed now that sometimes even larger packages sometimes don't get charged. I received something a month ago to Toronto via USPS/Canada Post that had a stated value of $140 USD and there were no charges and no invoice in the mail. No wonder Canada Post is losing money!

      2. Both Panibois in France and their Canadian distributor emailed me this morning promptly. The direct link to the Panibois product page for the distributor, based in Montreal, is:

        Also, Technobake informs me that they can arrange to ship USPS. I am going to compare pricing and report back.

        Btw, there are some cute videos about using these products on the Panibois website at

        Watching them will make you want to have them even more if you bake.

        1. Page above is at

          I am thinking of ordering the Panibois 'Duc' (175L x 110W x 60H, in cm, 6-3/4" x 4-1/4" x 2-1/4") which is great for a 500g/1.1 lb loaf and costs about $102 for 100 including shipping & taxes to Toronto, so about a $1 each. If anyone is interested in splitting the order with me at cost I'd be happy to (email on my profile).

          The Archiduc seems a bit large. The other one that interests me in the Octo180 but I just want to try one for now.

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          1. re: Flexitarian

            Would this work in a normal gas or electric oven? I see it specifies " thermic oven" on that link you provided.

            1. re: ylsf

              It is just a bad translation of the French word 'thermique' which means 'thermal' in English. The maximum temperature is what is important to note, which is 240C/464F, which covers my baking requirements. The type of heating, ie gas vs electric, is irrelevant. Maybe they mean to exclude the convection setting so I have emailed them to ask (but I never use convection for baking)

              1. re: ylsf

                Direct from Panibois France: 'Yes, they can be placed into all kind of oven'.

                Hmmm, not much interest in these. Not many bakers on Chowhound?

                1. re: Flexitarian

                  There are serious bakers, some in Ontario, on

                  1. re: Flexitarian

                    I'm interested in 25 but I can't access your profile on my mobile browser. My computer is at the doctors. :(

                    1. re: LexiFirefly

                      It's Now if I can only get a couple others interested.