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This Is the Last Cake Pan You’ll Ever Buy — And It’s Less than $10
Do cake pans matter all that much? I learned to bake through sheer necessity — no one in my family would bother to make dessert if I didn’t. I first made do with whatever detritus my parents had collected over 20-odd years of cohabitation, from warped cooking sheets to mismatched cake pans scavenged from grandparents’ houses. And they all got the job done, more or less.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset Is Releasing the Prettiest New Pieces for Spring
Even though it is snowing in some parts of the country today, it is now officially spring. And although most of us won’t need much help putting winter behind us, Le Creuset has a few new pieces that can get us all thinking spring thoughts. The common theme? Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! Take a look at some of Le Creuset’s newest (and soon-to-be-released) pieces for spring. Perhaps you saw this post, in which we showed off a 4.5-quart Provence applique Dutch oven and a 1.
May 1, 2019
3 Reasons We’re Still Talking About How Much We Love This Lasagna Trio Pan
Keeping your family happy (and fed) at dinnertime is a balancing act. It’s a fine line between making sure everyone’s preferences and dietary restrictions are accommodated while also maintaining your sanity. There may never be one perfect solution, but this pan from Chicago Metallic can at least help with lasagna night.
May 1, 2019
Sur la Table Is Cutting Prices by Up to 65 Percent for Its Version of Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day is just four years old, and it’s already become a full-fledged shopping holiday. And other retailers want in on some of that sweet retail action. So, once again, Sur la Table is running its own sale called Lime Day (any rhyming with the other shopping holiday is purely coincidental, we’re sure.) This one-day event is full of “juicy deals” — as much as 65 percent off top cookware brands like Staub and Le Creuset.
May 1, 2019
These Are Our Editors’ Favorite Baking Sheets
If there’s one tool that we rely on more than most here at Kitchn, it’s a trusty sheet pan. Sadly, though, in a sea of Instant Pots, air fryers, and fancy blenders, the humble sheet pan doesn’t get enough credit. How else would we make all of our miracle sheet pan dinners, two-ingredient chicken bites, and the best roasted veggies Let’s finally give our favorite sheet pan the respect that it deserves.
May 1, 2019
These New Baking Products Are So Brilliant (What Took So Long?)
Every once in a while, a new product line hits stores that is so brilliant that we can’t help but face-palm and wonder why we didn’t come up with the idea or what took someone else so long. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does … man, is it amazing. If you couldn’t tell from the title (or the intro) of this post, there’s a game-changing new line of baking stuff that launched online at Williams Sonoma today.
May 1, 2019
Why I’ve Become a Pizza Steel Convert
Last year I did a wild thing and got rid of my pizza stone. We have pizza once a week and I used that stone a ton! But I fell in love with another pizza cooking product that was easier to store, made for a crisper crust, and held more pizza: the baking steel. Here’s why I ditched my pizza stone and became a pizza baking steel convert. The Baking Steel was pioneered in 2012 by Andris Lagsdin, after a much-lauded Kickstarter campaign helped launch the brand and concept.
Mar 21, 2018
The Coolest Thing I Saw at the Smart Kitchen Summit
I’ve been reviewing kitchen equipment for more than 30 years and I’ve seen it all, from potato-peeling mitts (fuhgettabout ’em) to cooking robots (for those who don’t actually like making dinner). It takes a lot to impress me, and yet this month at the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, I saw something that made me think, I want that in my own kitchen!
Oct 24, 2017
5 Non-Cake Uses for Your Bundt Pan
With their tube-shaped centers and rounded, ridged bodies, there’s no question that Bundt pans make some pretty beautiful cakes. But that’s not all they can do. This classic piece of bakeware is far from a one-trick pony. Here are five more ways to put your Bundt pan to work (and they don’t involve cake). Beyond cakes and loafs, the bundt pan is the magical tool that let’s you reimagine a classic phyllo tart or pie. And the result is downright impressive!
Oct 24, 2016
Can You Bake a Bundt Pan Recipe in a Regular Pan?
Beautiful Bundt cake recipes can give the Bundt-less fear of missing out, or FOMO. Seeing an incredible Bundt recipe may lead some home bakers to ponder “Can you bake a Bundt cake recipe in a regular pan?” The short answer is a resounding yes! But a little more guidance will help the Bundt-less cure their FOMO for Bundt cake baking. Here’s what you need to know about baking a Bundt cake recipe in a regular pan.
Oct 21, 2016
What’s the Best Bundt Pan Material?
When you take the time to bake a cake at home, you want to be sure that it’s time well spent. You definitely need a good recipe, but you also need a good pan — especially with bundt cakes. The decorative sides create a beautiful presentation, but the crevices are also a prime place for sticking.
Oct 5, 2016
Your Guide to Spotting a Good Bundt Pan at a Garage Sale
Garage sales can be the place to find hidden gems — especially when it comes to equipment for the kitchen. With fall baking in full swing, it’s a great place to look for baking pans, including Bundt pans. If they’re selling pots, pans, or utensils that are in good shape, then they’re likely made of good material that can last. With these tips, you’ll know how to spot the great deals from the duds.
Oct 5, 2016
Why My Cast Iron Skillet Is My Favorite Biscuit Pan
A few years ago in an attempt to perfect my own biscuit recipe, I started experimenting with different baking pans. Starting with a simple baking sheet, I worked through metal and glass baking dishes, a pie pan, and a cake pan before finally landing on a likely candidate: my favorite cast iron skillet. A sturdy cast iron skillet has become my favorite biscuit pan for three reasons.
Sep 30, 2016
Help! There’s No Sheet Pan at My Vacation Rental.
Summer cooking should be low-key and fuss-free, especially when you’re on vacation, which is why I’m such a fan of the sheet-pan supper. Throw everything on one sheet pan, bake it in the oven, and voila! Dinner is served. Sheet-pan suppers mean less prep and cleanup time, so you can get back to lounging on the deck with a cold beer in hand.
Jul 8, 2016
Why Chefs Love This Baking Staple
If we had to guess, we’d say that the 9×13-inch pan is the piece of bakeware most people have in their kitchens. Yes, there are probably some out there who prefer an 8×8-inch pan, but the 9×13 still reigns supreme — and for good reason. It comes standard in a variety of materials (metal, glass, and ceramic), which means it really is perfect for every dish and cooking style.
Feb 25, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Bundt Pans, Sponge Cake Pans, and Chiffon Pans?
Size matters, and so does shape. This truism is never as true as when you are baking in tube pans. Each has a specific purpose and usage, and they aren’t easily interchangeable. Does that mean that if you want to bake a Bundt and a chiffon cake or an angel food cake that you need different pans? The answer is a firm yes. Tube pans share one distinction: the tube down the center. But some have sloped sides, some drop straight from top to bottom, and some are decoratively fluted.
Feb 16, 2016
Can Rice Keep Muffin and Cupcake Liners from Getting Greasy?
When I’m using muffin liners for baking cupcakes or muffins, I’m always frustrated with how the liners absorb the grease and never come out looking as nice as when they came out of the package, especially if I’ve spent the money on pretty patterned ones.
Aug 19, 2015
Why I Don’t Use a Baking Stone for Pizza
If you believe the hype, you need a good baking stone in order to achieve a superior thin-crust pizza. I’m here to tell you I had one, used it, and got tired of lugging that clunker around my kitchen. When it cracked years ago, it was a blessing. I was initially motivated to use a baking stone when I moved from New York City — the gold standard for excellent pizza — to a destination without really fantastic takeout pizza.
Jul 10, 2015
4 Tips for Using a Sheet Pan to Make Quick & Easy Dinners
With the right tools and mindset, getting a good dinner on the table doesn’t have to be stressful. Pull out your trusty sheet pan, and a beautiful — and mostly hands-off — meal is just a few simple steps away! I love using my sheet pans to orchestrate wholesome and flavorful meals without fuss. Here are my favorite tips for cooking the best sheet pan dinners. A sheet pan for home cooking measures 18×13 inches, with a 1-inch lip around the sides.
Apr 27, 2015
When to Use Glass Bakeware and When to Use Metal
Baking a lasagna? A pie? A roast? When you are choosing a pan to bake or roast your food, the pan you reach for shouldn’t just be the first one you can grab, regardless of the material, because some materials great for certain situations and terrible for others. Most of us gravitate towards metal baking sheets when we are baking a batch of cookies, but glass dishes for lasagnas and casseroles.
Apr 15, 2015
Cupboard Before & After: The Wood Rack That Fixed My Baking Sheet Problem
There’s this vertical base cabinet in my kitchen that I initially thought would be perfect for storing baking sheets, trays, and cutting boards, but as the skinny cabinet got crowded, it became increasingly difficult to find what I needed. Then, once I did find what I needed, removing said item from the cabinet inevitably created an avalanche. What the cabinet needed was something that would prevent a domino effect when one item was removed.
Mar 25, 2015
The Pyrex Bug: How Two Sisters Share Their Pyrex Quest
When the Pyrex bug bites, it bites hard. One offhand thrift store purchase turns into a house brimming with Crayola-colored bowls and casserole dishes, as Andrea Lutz knows all too well. Andrea, a reporter for KTVB in Boise, Idaho, spends her off hours hunting down Pyrex in local antique shops and flea markets.
Mar 12, 2015
Can I Fix a Crack in My Romertopf Clay Baker?
Q: I have a Romertopf 1 1/2-quart clay baker and I have just noticed that there is a very faint crack in the lower (baking) part. Is there any safe way to repair this or do I just continue baking bread and hope that it doesn’t worsen? Sent by D. Smith Editor: I’d recommend contacting the manufacturer, Romertopf, on this one to see if they do repairs or offer a warranty. Readers, have any of you run into this situation?
Jan 30, 2015
How Do I Clean the Stains Off My Nonstick Baking Sheets?
Q: I received some of those great nonstick baking sheets for our wedding last year: Three of the “gold” kind from Williams Sonoma and one large one from Sur la Table. I was repeatedly assured by friends they were “the best,” and they have been. But now they have all started to get orange-colored stains. I cannot seem to get them off with regular sink washing and elbow grease.
Dec 5, 2014
5 Things to Roast a Chicken in Other than a Roasting Pan
While I do own a roasting pan, it usually sits underneath the oven at the bottom of a drawer. Piled on top of it are other baking pans, Silpats, and roasting racks, so to be honest, pulling it out is a pain. Its large size also makes it unwieldy to clean in a small sink, so I only use when it when absolutely necessary, usually for Thanksgiving turkey.
Sep 18, 2014
How I Organize My Measuring Spoons
I am in the process of setting up a new kitchen, with all the decisions, indecisions, and rearrangements that settling into a new cooking space entails. Every time I start in a new space, there’s fresh resolve to fix the things that drove me crazy in the last one. This time, for instance, I decided to create order out of the tangled mess of my measuring spoons. Here’s how I organized them, and why.
Jan 15, 2013
Why This Is My Favorite Cake Pan
This old 8-inch round pan is the cake pan I reach for above all others for the simple reason that I know whatever cake I make in it will come out neatly and easily. Why? Because of the slider bar, which completely rotates around the pan, neatly separating the bottom and sides of the cake from the pan. Once a more common feature, it’s rare (although not impossible) to find the slider bar feature these days. Have you ever used one?
Jan 14, 2013
Clay, Cast Iron, Steel: Which Pizza Stone Material Is Best?
In every pizza lover’s quest to approximate a fiery-hot brick pizza oven at home, a pizza stone is first on the list of necessary equipment. But of the variety of materials available — stone, cast iron and even steel — which one is the best pick for you?Picking the right pizza stone depends on your personal needs and kitchen habits. Are you looking for a stone that produces an ultra-crispy crust? Does it need to move easily in and out of the oven?
Oct 10, 2012
My Favorite Baking Tool: The French Rolling Pin
Choosing my favorite baking tool was a difficult challenge. I thought first about the things that I use often like my favorite zester or my Silpat. Then I thought about things with emotional significance like my grandmother’s cookie cutters or my mom’s old sheet trays. But when it comes right down to it, there’s only one favorite. And for me it’s the tool that I find both useful, practical, and beautiful. My french rolling pin is a true champion.
Feb 14, 2012
Can You Recommend a Good Sturdy Springform Pan?
Q: After making a couple of ice cream cakes (including this amazing S’Mores version) this week with a fabulously sturdy borrowed springform pan, I’m realizing that I’m due for an upgrade of my own. I’d love a recommendation of a good brand. My friend’s pan is Wilton, but it looks like her particular model is not being made anymore (and other Wilton ones have mixed reviews on Amazon).
Sep 2, 2011
Baking Tools: Pastry Cloth
Do you use a pastry cloth? Though little more than a canvas cloth, this old-fashioned kitchen tool is charming in its simplicity and usefulness.Usually made of durable cotton canvas, a pastry cloth makes an excellent work surface for rolling out pie crusts, biscuits, cookies, and other doughs. Rubbing a little flour into the cloth prevents sticking without adding excess flour to the dough, keeping the pastry light and flaky.
Aug 22, 2011
What Is the Most Universal Round Cake Pan Size?
Q: I’m ready to dip my toe into the fancy cake baking waters (baby’s first birthday coming up). What size round cake pan is the most useful/universal — 8, 9, or 10-inch? I’d like to stick to just one size at least to start. Sent by Leanne Editor: How fun, Leanne! I think that 9-inch cake pans are most common in American cake recipes.
Mar 3, 2011
Baking Tools: Pullman Loaf Pan
That Pyrex baking tubeAside from being perfectly symmetrical, loaves baked in these kinds of pans have a very thin crust and a soft, finely-textured crumb. In fact, these loaves are called pain de mie in French, which literally means “bread of the crumb.” These loaves are perfect for sandwiches.Many pumpernickel bread recipes also call for using a Pullman pan. It helps to get that dense, chewy crumb and to keep the loaf from drying out during the traditionally long baking time.
Jun 24, 2010
What Is the Shelf Life of Flavoring Extracts?
Q: How long do flavoring extracts last in the cupboard? I have several bottles of extract (vanilla, rum, maple and lemon) that are quite old and I wonder if they are still usuable. The alcohol evaporated from the peppermint extract. Can I add more alcohol to the bottle and reconstitute the residue? (Guess who is frugal?) I did pitch the Mexican vanilla because of questionable orgin.
May 7, 2010
Have You Ever Used a Glass Bundt Cake Pan?
Have you ever used a glass bundt pan? We’ve been eyeing this one at Amazon, curious about whether it would make bundt cake baking easier, or devilishly difficult.It would be interesting to be able to watch a cake as it browns in the oven, and know just when it’s done on the bottom… err, top. But we also wonder if this kind of bakeware would make it very difficult to get the cake out intact.Have you ever used a glass bundt cake pan?
Apr 29, 2010
Pie Birds (A.K.A. Pie Funnels)
Pie birds (also known as pie funnels, pie chimneys, and pie whistles) are hollow ceramic devices used to keep pies from bubbling over in the oven by providing ventilation from the hot filling through the crust. They originated in Europe and historians often argue over whether they came about in the 1500’s or during Victorian times.The nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” which has the lyrics “Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie” is based on pie birds.
Mar 15, 2010
Food Science: Why Some Batters Need to Rest
Many recipes for batter foods like crêpes and our very own Big Pancakes say to let the mixture rest briefly before proceeding to cooking. This may seem like a strange step, but there’s more going on during that rest than meets the eye…During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter. This causes them to swell and gives the batter a thicker, more viscous consistency.
Feb 10, 2009
Acorn Cakelet Pan from Williams-Sonoma
Uh oh – watch out! Williams-Sonoma and Nordic Ware are at it again.This is a new seasonal pan, made by Nordic Ware just for Williams-Sonoma. The pan makes up to 18 little acorn cakelets, and even the pan itself is shaped like an acorn.Nordic Ware’s pans are always very well made; we have an elaborate castle cake pan from them, and it has always performed beautifully. Great baking, easy cleanup.
Oct 21, 2008
Hess Pottery: Unglazed Earthenware Pie Plates
I’m a pie girl. And when the stone fruits start dropping from the trees, my pie plate begins its annual workout. My mother in law turned me onto a great pie plate from Hess Pottery, a little company in Reeds Spring, Missouri, started in 1979 by Tom Hess. She’d gotten one as a gift, and I’ve since given it as a gift. The pie love goes ’round and ’round.The Hess Pie Plate is made from smooth, native red clay without any harmful glazes.
Sep 9, 2008
Baking Tools: Wear and Care of Your Pizza Stone
So you’ve invested in a pizza stone–or dusted it off from where it was hiding at the bottom of the cupboard!You’re loving it when you bake your pizzas, artisan loaves, and various baked goodies.Now it’s collected a few spills and stains. Lovingly gained, but spills and stains none the less.How should you be cleaning your pizza stone and what kind of wear is normal? Read on!First off, always heat the stone with the oven.
Jun 5, 2008
Handy Kitchen Tool: The Bench Scraper
Whenever we have bread dough to separate, icebox cookies to cut apart, or even onions to scoop into a prep bowl, we find ourselves reaching for our bench scraper. As those of us diving into the Kitchn Cure this week start to think about trimming down the number of utensils cluttering our drawers, this one is definitely a keeper.A bench scraper is primarily intended for baking, where you’ll sometimes hear it referred to as a bench cutter or pastry scraper.
Mar 17, 2008