If your bread loaf sticks to your pan, you’re not alone.
Greasing a bread pan is really easy to screw up — but once you’ve got the technique down, it’s also really easy to get right.
How to grease a bread pan:
1. Use Grease and Cornmeal
Keep breads from sticking to pans with this technique — it works like a charm.
- Using a clean paper towel or pastry brush, distribute a thin layer of either: vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, or butter inside of your bread pan.
- Coat the pan bottom and sides with cornmeal. When the bottom of the pan is coated, flip the bread pan, and tap out any extra cornmeal into your sink.
- Make sure the powder is evenly distributed inside the entire bread pan to avoid sticking.
- Shortening and vegetable oil, do not affect the taste of the bread.
- Don’t worry, cornmeal won’t get caught in your bread dough.
2. Use Baking Spray
Spray the entire inside of the bread pan with a good quality baking spray, making sure to spray the sides and bottom.
Say “goodbye” to bread that sticks to the pan.
3. Use Parchment Paper and Grease
Lining your bread pan with parchment paper every time prevents a sticky mess (even non-stick pans can get a little messy).
And makes it easy to lift the bread from the loaf pan – Easy Peasy!
You can also learn to line your bread pan with parchment paper by following these simple steps:
- Start by measuring your loaf pan – length, width and height. Cut two rectangular pieces from parchment paper. One rectangular piece should match the width of the pan. The second rectangular piece would match the length of the pan. The rectangular pieces should be long enough to cover the bottom of the pan and hang over the sides of the pan.
- Grease the bottom of the loaf pan with cooking spray or the pastry brush dipped in shortening or vegetable oil.
- Place one of the rectangular parchment pieces and crease the edges so that it fits snugly.
- Grease again but this time apply the oil on the parchment paper. This would ensure that when you place the second piece of parchment paper, it will stick to the first one.
- Now place the second piece of parchment paper on top of the first one. Crease these pieces along the edges of the loaf pan so that it fits nicely. You can grease again. Trim the edges with a pair of scissors if required to make the parchment paper be flush with the pan (optional).
When you are done baking, simply lift the bread from the bread loaf pan by picking the parchment paper.
Remove the parchment paper from the bread.
Did You Know?
The first-known leavened bread made with semi-domesticated yeast dates back to around 1000 B.C. in Egypt.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I remove a bread from a bread loaf pan?
Follow your recipe’s instructions for cooling your bread.
Set a kitchen timer for this step — if you cool the bread too long in the pan it might be difficult to remove.
- Loosen the bread from the edges of the pan with palette knife or flexible spatula to run under the bread to pry the bottom free.
- Place wax paper over the top of the bread.
- Flip pan onto countertop
- Carefully life bread pan off.
My baking pan is non-stick, do I still need to grease it?
Always grease your baking pan even if it is non-stick.
No harm will come to your baked goods if you prepare the pan well and sometimes non-stick cookware can stick.
What is the best ingredient to grease a bread pan?
A good baker’s spray is ideal for greasing your bread loaf pan.
Vegetable oil or vegetable shortening are actually both better choices than butter.
They are both more effective at preventing bread from sticking and do not impart any extra flavor to the “crusts” of your bread.
Should you grease the inside of a bread pan that also contains parchment paper?
Greasing bread pan is meant to help you remove the loaf without its sticking, tearing, or breaking—if you are lucky.
Avoid messy pan prep by replacing them with a piece of parchment paper and the use of a thin, flexible spatula for detaching the sides the bread.
Is parchment paper toxic?
It is better to use the unbleached brown parchment paper since white (bleached) parchment paper might contain toxic dioxin.
Which side of parchment paper goes up?
There is no right or wrong side to parchment paper, so either side can be used.
For the best baking results, use a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
Can you use parchment paper more than once when baking?
You can reuse parchment paper several times depending on cooking time and temperature.
But for the best baking results, use a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
Change the paper when it gets dirty or brittle.
What do you do if you don’t have parchment paper?
Silicone non-sticking baking mold is heat resistant sheet for baking which is a substitute for parchment paper.
You can also grease and flour your bread pan thoroughly to reduce sticking.
Why does my bread stick to the bottom of the pan?
You didn’t use the right baking spray. You didn’t do a thorough job greasing your pan.
Use baking spray, vegetable shortening or oil instead of butter.
The water content in butter encourages the bread to stick to the pan.
Can I use PAM to grease my bread pan?
PAM might work in a pinch, but a baker’s release spray is specifically made for baking bread.
Baker’s release spray may cost a dollar or two more than the regular cooking spray, but your bread will have a higher chance of success.
What to do if bread sticks to pan?
Once the bread has cooled, use a palette knife or flexible spatula to run under the bread to pry the bottom free.
Then, turn the bread over and shake it onto a serving plate, tapping the bottom of the pan if needed.
Do not use a sharp knife, it could leave scratches on your pan.
Can I bake bread without a bread pan?
Bread pans aren’t required for many bread recipes that have a thick dough.
Your bread will have a rounded, bakery like shape. Simply shape the bread dough and place it on a greased baking sheet.
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