Specialty kitchen stores are a lot of fun to shop at, but my local grocery store actually has quite the extensive bakeware selection and the prices are very reasonable, which makes it a great place to pick up new basics. So when I needed to replace a loaf pan in my collection, the Baker’s Secret Large Loaf Pan available at the grocery store around the corner sounded like it might be a good choice – and the price was right. The loaf pan is nonstick, with a silicone-based coating that not only gives you a clean release of baked goods, but is safe to use with metal tools (such as spatulas) if you need them to give you a littler leverage getting your banana bread out of the pan.
The loaf pan definitely delivers when it comes to preventing baked goods from sticking. Everything that I’ve tried – using only a very light coating of cooking spray or vegetable oil to be on the safe side – has literally slid out of the pan. The very slightly rounded edges of the pan also mean that there are no places where a loaf can really get stuck. The pan bakes evenly, browns well and has a lip large enough that I can grasp it easily with potholders on. I also appreciate that the pan cools down very quickly after coming out of the oven and can be handled even without potholders in just a couple of minutes.
The only real downside to this pan is that it is slightly larger than the standard 9×5-inch loaf pan. It comes in at 9 1/2 x 5 1/4-inches, which means that your baking times may need to be very slightly reduced when using it for a recipe that has been designed to work in a 9×5-inch pan. This shouldn’t pose much of a problem, and checking your bread a few minutes early will prevent overbaking. It’s also a small price to pay if you’re used to struggling to get a loaf of banana bread or pumpkin bread out of an older loaf pan without leaving half of the loaf stuck inside the pan.