For tall bread and desserts
This is heavy-duty merchandise, designed to final. Bread baked evenly, got here out simply, and baked up tall and good-looking.
After doing a number of hours of analysis and ruling out some loaf pans primarily based on the efficiency of their spherical counterparts, we examined 5 completely different loaf pans, and USA Pan, the maker of our favorite spherical and sq. pans as soon as once more produced the winner: the Aluminized Steel 9 x 5-Inch Loaf Pan. Like the opposite pans within the USA line, it is heavy-duty merchandise designed to final. Bread baked evenly, got here out simply, and baked up tall and good-looking, not squat.
It’s particularly necessary that these pans bake slowly and evenly, as a result of loaf desserts are a lot thicker than a layer cake, take longer to bake, and are vulnerable to burning. The USA loaf pan turned out the best-shaped of each the banana bread and the sandwich bread. The banana bread had a tall dome with a pretty crack working down the middle; when turned out of the pan, the edges of this loaf got here up greater than these of those baked in Farberware’s Nonstick Bakeware 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, Wilton’s Recipe Right Medium Loaf Pan, or Chicago Metallic’s Commercial II Uncoated 1½ Pound Loaf Pan.
The sandwich bread, in the meantime, got here out a wonderful golden brown and had an excellent mushroom form. Bread baked within the different pans was additionally a pleasant golden shade, however by no means achieved that form. In most, it didn’t crest over the rim to type that mushroom form—the pan was too large. And within the Pyrex Basics 1.5-Quart Loaf Dish, which was nearer to eight.5 by 4.5 inches than the 9 by 5 inches marketed, it ballooned wildly up and over the edges right into a bizarrely top-heavy loaf.
Like the USA’s different styles of the pan, the loaf pan has no handles, which could possibly be thought-about a flaw. We did just like the silicone-padded handles on the Farberware pan, however, we discovered the handles on the Pyrex pan and the Wilton pan much less helpful. Both had been stubby and onerous to get a grip on whereas utilizing oven mitts. The Wilton pan can also be thinner and flimsier than the USA pan and bakes a darker loaf, whereas the Farberware pan is among the widest we examined, making much less engaging loaves. It’s not so onerous to grip a loaf pan by its sides, and we wouldn’t sacrifice the standard of a loaf for the benefit of handles.
Like all USA pans, this one has a frivolously corrugated texture, which is meant to strengthen the pan and assist it to launch issues, however, which can depart faint strains in your loaves. This is way from a dealbreaker in our opinion, particularly for the reason that corrugation actually did resist even sticky sugar higher than another pan after we baked cinnamon rolls in our check of spherical pans. We additionally don’t thoughts the looks of these strains (solely seen up shut) however in the event you do, you could need to go together with one other pan.
Overall, the 9-by-5 loaf pan (and, I’m assured, it’s smaller 8.5- by 4.5-inch counterpart) is one other winner from USA Pan. It comes with that very same restricted lifetime guarantee as all USA pans, and it’s extremely beneficial by each Boyle and Beranbaum. It additionally has a superb 4.Eight star ranking throughout 250 critiques on Amazon.