Learn everything you need to know about baking perfect with loaf pans. From preparing loaf tins to best loaf pans and baking tips with loaf pans and so much more.
- Baking with Loaf Pans
- Choosing the Right Loaf Pan to bake with
- Pan material
- Shape and size
- HOW TO LINE A LOAF PAN/TIN
- LOAF PAN SIZES & BATTER VOLUME
- What kind of recipes and batter is suitable for loaf pan
- BEST TIPS FOR BAKING WITH LOAF PANS
- AND GET ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ON LOAF PANS ANSWERED HERE
- SOME OF THE BEST LOAF PANS YOU CAN BUY
Baking with Loaf Pans
Before getting into how to bake with loaf pans, let us understand,
What are loaf pans – Loaf pans are baking tins, shaped as a narrow rectangle, with a good height. This shape of pan is usually used to bake loaf shaped breads, loaf cakes and you can even use this to freeze your no churn ice cream
While you can bake Breads like Brioche, challah, babka, sandwich breads, milk breads, you can also bake cakes like pound cakes, banana breads, loaf cakes.
So First things first –
Choosing the Right Loaf Pan to bake with
The First step towards any successful baking is to pick a right pan. Let’s get to know how to chose the right loaf pan.
– The best one is always an treated aluminium metal pans, as they give best baked goodies. Because Aluminium pans distribute heat evenly and are inexpensive. But you will always need to grease and line the pan, as they tend to stick.
One of the other pans I prefer are non stick ones. Which are great for hobby baking and wins on durability but are little more expensive than aluminium ones.
Light coloured Non stick is good too.
I would definitely not recommend glass loaf pans. Because, glass pans are heat insulators and slows down the heat transfer from the oven to the batter, making it longer to bake which in turn makes the edges crust sooner than the center. Plus another issue is the sizes, glass pan sizes are in a variety of sizes, glass loaf pan in one brand is a different size in another.
Other types being ceramic and stoneware. Each have different baking times and different heat resisitance points.
Ceramic loaf pans distributes heat very well, but causes over browning, so suitable for casseroles and baked puddings, not for baking bread
Stoneware, takes longer to heat up and when you remove from the oven, takes slower to cool down. And are pretty cumbersome to handle.
Silicone ware – a poor conductor of heat, tends to brown very little. So not very suitable for a loaf. The texture of a baked good is way too smooth and fails on giving the right rustic texture.
an ideal pan for baking is a light coloured pan, preferably in treated aluminium, which is a good conductor of heat.
Shape and size
– Loaf pans come in a variety of sizes and shape. one is with a straight edged loaf pans and the others a little wide at the top.
Usually straight edged ones are used to bake simple plain bread.
The other is used to make cake loaves, banana bread, meat loaf etc.
There is another type which has a lid on top. These are again perfect for bread baking
And these loaf pans also make for a great photography prop, like the one in the pic here.
Metal/aluminium pans have by far the most standardised sizes of pans.
So eventually I would only suggest you to go for a standardised sized pan for your bakes, as most of the recipes are designed and developed keeping in mind, these standard sizes. So you can have perfect bakes everytime
HOW TO LINE A LOAF PAN/TIN
The basics to get any cake or baked goodie right, you will need to prepare the pan. whichever pan you want to use for baking. The first and foremost thing to do is to, prepare the pan
Basically preparing any baking pan includes these steps.
- grease it with butter or oil or shortening and
- then dust flour it and
- then line it with a parchment paper.
You can line the pan in 2 different ways
One just line the pan with parchment paper on the bottom, and brush butter thoroughly toward the sides.
The other is to line the pan on all the four sides.
All you need to do is cut a rectangle piece of parchment paper, place it inside the loaf pan and then slit on the four corners.
grease the pan and then place this parchment paper.
LOAF PAN SIZES & BATTER VOLUME
First of all to determine the size use a scale or a soft measuring tape, and always measure from the inside edge to the other side of inside edge. With the help of the size, you will know how much volume of batter does a pan hold.
Loaf pans come in a variety of sizes. and each pan or tin holds a different volume of batter.
Pan sizes vary with different materials, the most non standardized sizes come from glass pans. Every brand has a vast difference in the size.
I totally suggest, buying a standard size loaf pan, and a mini loaf pan. which is useful for most recipes. Because, Mostly the recipes are based on standard and easily available sizes.
Some of the most common and standard sizes and how much batter do these loaf pans hold are all here.
- 8inch x 4 inch x 2 inch or 20cm x 10cm x 6 cm that holds about 4 cups or about 950/1000 grams of batter
- 8inch x 41/2 inch x21/2 inch or holding about 6 cups or 1400ml of batter
- 9inch x 5 inch x 3 inch holds about 8 cups or about 2000 grams of batter.
What kind of recipes and batter is suitable for loaf pan
Loaf pans are best suited for breads, quick breads and loaf cakes. So a butter cake batter is best for a loaf pan. Some the recipes using loaf pans.Recipes like Banana bread, loaf cakes like chocolate loaf cake or pound cake.
Vanilla Pound Cake – this recipe makes for 2 8×4 loaf pans.
BEST TIPS FOR BAKING WITH LOAF PANS
- Stick to the recipe verbatim, use the pan size mentioned or the closest substitute.
- Always use aluminium and metal pans. lighter coloured metal pans are the best to bake anything. So even with loaf pans, this holds good.
- Line with parchment paper, grease or spray and prepare the pans well.
- Use the right kind of batter in a loaf pan.
- Loaf pan bakes, take a longer time to bake, so always bake slow and long.
- To Reduce the browning of top of the cake, you can cover the top with an aluminum foil, half way through baking. In that ways, you will not over bake the top of the cake.
- Always bake in the center of the oven, with both the rods heating and the fan mode on.
- Use an oven thermometer for precise temperature. DO not go by the oven temperature display.
AND GET ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ON LOAF PANS ANSWERED HERE
- WHAT IS A STANDARD LOAF PAN SIZE – STANDARD LOAF PANS ARE 9X5X3 inch and 8 x 4 x 2inch.
- WHAT PAN CAN I USE INSTEAD OF LOAF PAN – SUBSTITUTE FOR LOAF PANS. You can choose your substitution pans by determining how much batter does a pan hold. Now if your loaf pan recipe is for a 8 x 4 x 2 loaf pan, you can substitute it with 6×2 inch round pan. that hold 4 cups of batter.
- SIZE OF A 1 LB LOAF PAN is 6x4x3 inch
- WHAT IS THE BAKING TIME FOR A LOAF PAN – approximately anywhere between 40 to 60 mins, depending on the kind of batter and oven and temperature you set in. I recommend alway using an oven thermometer for absolute precision on the temperature. Butter cakes take a longer time.
- How much batter to fill in a loaf pan – As a rule of thumb, while baking any kind of pan, batter is always filled to upto 3/4th of the pan. So the same holds good for loaf pans as well.
SOME OF THE BEST LOAF PANS YOU CAN BUY
- WILTON LOAF PAN – In the US, you will find a variety of loaf pans, pick the ones you would use. mini loaf to standardised loaf pans. this is the best you would get from wilton.
- Other Brands in the USA – Hit amazon.com, and you will find a range of brands like USA PAN bakeware, Chicago Metallic, Oxo grips, Fat Daddios. These are all one of the best brands you can get your hands on.
- Prestige Bake Ware – If in the UK, Middle East, I completely recommend using Prestige bakeware. They are the best you can get your hands on. They are easy to clean. The Metal used in their pans though dark coloured, gives good results to your baking.
- In India – You will find a range of local brands, all quite good. Just log on to amazon.in
Having said that, these are just recommendations to help you choose. But always remember how to choose and buy the perfect loaf pan for your use.
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