Many of you have probably tried the amazing gluten-free mixes from King Arthur Flour by now. My favorites in the line are the brownie mix, devil’s food cake mix and pancake mix. I didn’t care for the muffin mix due to the nutmeg flavor in it and I haven’t yet tried the pizza crust or bread mix. Nor do I plan to because I have no desire to make my own pizza crust or yeast bread these days.
When the King Arthur Flour holiday catalog arrived last Fall, I was a little annoyed because I assumed there was nothing in it that I could use. Not only were all the gluten-free mixes listed in the catalog, they even had a gluten-free bread pan for sale. Needless to say, when I got the chance to try out the pan in exchange for a review of it, I was quite pleased.
The unique pan arrived just about the time our world got crazy with holiday parties, activities and family visits. Therefore, it was a while before I got around to making bread in it. My favorite types of breads to make are the easy kind. In other words, I tend to stick to quick breads so I made blueberry bread in the gluten-free loaf pan.
The pan is narrower than standard bread pans, kind of forcing the bread to rise for a more “normal” looking loaf. It didn’t look very different from quick breads I’ve made in regular bread pans, but I think yeast bread would work very well in the narrow pan. In addition to being a different shape than other bread pans, it’s super heave duty. It’s so well made that I doubt it will ever wear out. I’m not a bread pan aficionado by any stretch, but I’ve never seen a better quality bread pan (or baking pan for that matter) anywhere.
More about this wonderful pan from the King Arthur Flour website:
- This eco-friendly and easy to clean pan is manufactured from a mix of 65% recycled steel for strength and durability, and aluminum for superior conductivity.
- Pan is coated with Americoat, a clear, non-stick, non-toxic, environmentally friendly coating that is specially formulated for superior baking.
- The unique corrugated surface provides air circulation all around, for better browning, more even baking, and perfect release.
- On top of all that, pan cleans up easily by just hand-rinsing in hot soapy water; dishwasher isn’t necessary, nor advised. Try it to see the difference professional quality makes in all your baking.
- Maximum recommended baking temperature: 450°F.
- Taller, narrower 9” x 4” x 4”-deep pan is ideal for gluten-free yeast loaves, which require more support as they rise and bake. The extra-tall sides on this pan offer that added support, creating a beautifully shaped loaf, ideal for sandwiches.
The U.S.A. made gluten-free bread pan is available on the King Arthur Flour website. It’s a bit pricey compared to standard pans, but there is nothing standard about the King Arthur pan. Considering the excellent quality it seems like a very good value.
*The bread pan reviewed in this post was provided to me free of charge. As always, my opinions were not influenced by any outside sources.