Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Recipes / SH Dec 19, 2014 Holiday Baking: All Loaf Pans Are Not Created Equal SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestI’m not sure how you approach your kitchen gear acquisitions, but in my house, baking pans hold a pitiful position on the hierarchy of wares. After all, aren’t all loaf pans and cookie sheets pretty much the same? I’ve come to realize this is incorrect, especially when considering giving away baked goods as gifts. I don’t mind eating my own misshapen, partially burnt fruit loaf or pound cake, but giving one away or serving it to a guest can be a tad embarrassing.I recently brought home a 1-lb USA loaf pan (just one product in their extensive line of sturdy bakeware) and decided to conduct an experiment. Before forking over the cash, I wanted to see how it stood up to my no-name pan I have been using for the past decade to mixed results.The biggest initial difference between the USA pans and my pan – or similarly inexpensive pans – is the aluminized steel structure and something called Americoat, which is a proprietary silicone coating product. The metal provides even heating while the silicone is meant to create a naturally non-stick effect without requiring greasing.I made a double batch of my mother in law’s Orange Brandy Loaf recipe (included below), dividing the batter evenly by weight between the two pans. I baked them side by side in the oven and was astonished at the results. Where my admittedly terrible pan overcooked the bottom and sides – resulting in a visible dip & dome effect (making me look like a baking amateur, which I’m not) – the USA pan yielded a loaf so beautiful it looked like it could have been on the front of a cake mix box.But now for the true test: ejection. I had liberally greased the bottom and sides of my crappy pan, but decided not to grease the silicone coated pan at all. I had to wrestle and twist my crappy pan to coax my first loaf onto the rack; though it emerged intact, the bottom was much darker and tougher in consistency. And as for Mr. Fancy $24 USA Pan? Well what do you know, the loaf slipped out without so much as a gentle nudge, baked to absolute perfection. View the USA loaf pan here. Orange Brandy Loaf (makes 1 9×5” loaf) Ingredients:Cake:• 1/2 cup butter• 1 cup sugar• 2 eggs• grated rind of one large orange• 1 1/2 cups flour• 1/2 tsp salt• 1 tsp baking powder• 1/2 cup milk Glaze:• Juice of 1/2 orange• 1 T sugar• 1 oz brandy Method:Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter; beat in sugar gradually. Add eggs, beating well. Stir in orange rind. Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Blend in dry ingredients alternatively with milk. Bake 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and spread glaze mix on top of loaf with a brush. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.Presented by Cook Culture + EAT Magazine. Visit them on the Storehouse. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes November 27, 2020 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More Comments are closed.