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ImageKizmo1
Feb 21, 2010 10:49 AM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
Hi all, not sure if I have this in the right place, but I'm looking to see what you all use for your favorite bread pans.. I have shiny ones, dark ones, glass, and cast iron (which I haven't tried yet), but I'm having problems getting a really good bottom brown crust without the top overbrowning. Gma had dark ones, that I remember, and the ends actually looked like they were folded in (like you would wrap a gift). I've not seen anything like them, but hers always had a nice crust, top and bottom.
I've lowered the oven rack,but it seems like if I bake the loaves long enough to brown the bottom nice, I have to cover the tops so they don't get dark. I'm afraid the insides will get dry also.
I've been baking bread for a long time, have moved around the last couple of years in different homes, using gas and electric ovens, but seems like I just can't get the knack back... any suggestions? Do I need a different brand/type of pan?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 3:00 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
What are you baking in now? my mom swore that she couldn't bake in a gas oven. I have electric.

for sure, I don't use glass except 9 x 13 for cakes. and pies.

My next house will have no kitchen - just vending machines and a large trash can.

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Imagedarius
Feb 22, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: darius
SW VA Blue Ridge Mountains
Since I'm not a proficient bread-baker, I chose heavier pans based on the rest of my cooking experience, where heavier pans distribute heat better and more evenly. (These pans measure 10½ by 5½ across the top, making a nice size loaf using my basic recipe that makes 2 loaves.)

My bread pans are heavy, made by Chicago Metallic. (I bought them online but don't remember where.) I do have one pottery loaf pan that was a gift but I didn't like it for bread. In fact, I often don't use a pan at all, just put it on the stone.

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ImageKizmo1
Feb 22, 2010 5:56 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
Aahhh,,, there's one of those pans that are folded on the end!! Now if it was embossed on the outside and aged about 50+ yrs - that would be my Gma's!!! OK, so it looks like Wmart is NOT the place to buy bread pans... I need to find a better line, maybe KA? Off to look....
Thanks, Darius!

P- I had a Pyrex loaf pan years ago, but have since passed it on to the kids for their banana breads, etc. My MIL used glass pans, tho. I absolutely BURN everything and anything in/on an electric!! It started when I was 5-6 and set my dad's favorite plastic popcorn bowl on a still-hot burner.... melted all over the place and I got sent to bed early!!! LOL
Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
well, I burned my bread. on my silpat, on a pan Ive used for 5 years.
but...I was working on that PB fudge recipe and wasn't paying attention to the time.
it's not burned black, but its dark on top.

I called my brother and said 'fresh baked bread' and he came right away. but he called back later and said, 'weren't you having a problem with your oven last year?'

LOL I said, yeah, yeah, it was the oven's fault Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageKizmo1
Feb 22, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
Yep, those little oven fairies are ornery, aren't they!!!

OK, KA has this pan listed, but it's out of stock...

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Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 7:52 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
did you try eBay?

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ImageKizmo1
Feb 22, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
nope, didn't think of looking there, but will check in a few... Thanks! (good thing I get a little help from me friends... )
Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 8:51 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
i had three sites for you and the computer hiccuped.

i found Norpro pans. Williams Sonoma, if you want to pay twice as much.

i typed in professional baking pans, but try bread baking pans, that was a better match.

or use part of the description from KA to search with.

i'm going to soak awhile. night =)
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Imagenanniepb
Feb 22, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
http://cubits.org/G_ORV/thread/view/6234/#new_post

I knew Ric would know.
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ImageGardenwife
Feb 23, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio
Amazon has a good selection and they sometimes have great deals. I also haunt our local Goodwill, St. Vincent's and Salvation Army stores. Picked up a nice Nordic Ware spring form pan, new in package, for $4 at Goodwill!
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Imagenanniepb
Feb 23, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
I like those deals!
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Imagenanniepb
Feb 24, 2010 8:34 AM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Kathy, we used those types of pans yesterday. My Aunt says she got hers at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I bet they were pricey, though.

we made Susan's cinnamon bread at my Aunts house.
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ImageKizmo1
Feb 24, 2010 10:05 AM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
I'll have to do some real looking for pans... making oatmeal bread w/honey today to go with my roast..

Back later..
dawniemom
Mar 3, 2010 7:10 AM CST
Name: Dawn
Martinsburg, WV
mom, wife, photographer
Good morning bread bakers!

I'm new to Cubits and new to this particular cubits, and am so happy to have found you! I've really fallen in love with baking my own bread, but got tired of the same ol' same ol' that my bread machine was handing me, so I wanted to branch out to using my OWN oven here & there. All I have for pans are silicone loaf pans, and am wondering, since you all seem to have a specific interest in metal pans, if that's what I should do as well.

I've tried baking directly on the pizza stone, but it wound up being bird food, as it was too tough for much of anything else. Perhaps I kneaded too much, I don't know.

In any case, I'd appreciate your comments :)

Dawn
still finding my way, after all these years.
ImageGardenwife
Mar 3, 2010 8:57 AM CST
Name: Kimberley
Central Ohio
Hi, Dawn - welcome!

Your bread might have been over-baked. Do you use a thermometer to see when it's done, or do you go by the thump test? Did you pre-heat your stone in the oven?

Funny you should mention the silicon pans. I'd been wanting to try one, and Thursday a quick trip to Goodwill resulted in my bringing home a Calphalon silicone bread pan for only $4. Woot! I can't wait to try it out! I have five loaves of wheat bread in the freezer from a day when I felt like making a couple new recipes, though, so it may be a while. Maybe I should give my wheat bread to friends and family so I have an excuse to make more. LOL
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ImageKizmo1
Mar 3, 2010 1:35 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
Welcome Dawn! We always like to find more bread bakers!!! Hurray! I haven't tried the silicone pans either, felt kind of 'iffy' about something that flexed that much!!LOL
I've always had metal and glass pans, as that's what my Mom and Gma used, and what I feel comfortable with. I do have stones, and I like to use those for whole grain round loaves.
It's possible you had too much flour worked into your dough, I had that problem for years, as I just did what Mom did, and hand-kneaded until the dough didn't stick to the counter anymore, and that can be alot of flour! But I finally figured out when to stop, and haven't made any doorstops or 'clay birds' for quite some time. Rolling on the floor laughing
Gardenwife, I think you need to 'share' the bread so you can experiment with your new 'find'...!!
Imagenanniepb
Mar 3, 2010 11:43 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
Dawn, welcome.

Did they tell you that newest members had to send all the older (experienced, not age, lol) bakers a loaf of bread?

haha if only it were that easy.

I'm brain dead silly.....I will be back when Ive had a few hours of sleep, but I have this aversion to silicone pans. call it old fashioned. so, Ive never tried.

i need a bed and sleep.....
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ImageKizmo1
Mar 4, 2010 2:26 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
now, you know that if we sent you a loaf of fresh-baked bread, you'd be lucky if there were any crust crumbs left when you got it.... Somebody would sniff it out along the way and be 'taste testing'...!!!!
Imagenanniepb
Mar 4, 2010 10:37 PM CST
Name: Phyl
Mtns of East TN (Zone 6b)
(ssshhhh Kathy...you get one too, remember?)

I used to tell the newbies at work they had to buy breakfast for entire group.
only one ever did it, ha,ha.



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