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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.