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Basics Of Baking Pans Explained

Jun 8, 2008
When you are getting ready to bake something it is important that you know about the baking pans and baking dishes you can use. There might be more than you think you need to know about baking pans. Baking pans are available in different sizes and shapes and can be made out of different materials.

The difference in the size of the baking pan determines how many volumes of batter the pan can hold. It is important that you use the right size pan for the dish you are preparing. If you use a pan that is too large it will cause the depth of the batter to be shallower, in turn causing the batter to bake quicker. Using a smaller baking pan will have a reverse effect where the batter will be deeper and it will bake longer.

Baking pans come in different sizes also. Cake pans, loaf pans, and pie pans are the three most common baking pans. Cake pans can be either circular or square, however, there are two other types known as the angel food cake pan and the springform pan. Loaf pans are flat bottomed and generally very large. The pie pans are specifically designed for pies. Pie pans are circular, flat bottomed, and have flared up sides.

Baking pans are made generally from glass and metal. It is commonly required that you will have to reduce your oven's temperature by twenty-five degrees if you are going to use a glass baking dish in it. Recipes will generally tell you whether you need to use a metal baking pan or a glass baking dish.

It's always important to know your baking pan's dimensions, depth, and volume. Finding the dimensions of your pan is quite simple; all you have to do is measure from one edge of the pan to another. Make sure that you measure the inside of the edges because if you measure the outside the pan's thickness will be added into the measurement.

Even simpler to determine than the dimension is the depth of the pan. To do this you need to put a ruler straight up from the bottom up to the top of the pan. The only thing you need to watch out for is to make sure the ruler isn't slanted. The best way to figure out the volume of a baking pan is to pour pre-measured cups of water in the pan until it is filled to the brim.

Closing Comments

Whether you're getting ready to buy a baking pan or use one to make a recipe, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Generally most ovens cannot hold baking pans with dimensions larger than 17 x 14 inches. To prevent mistakes you should measure the dimensions, depth, and volume of the baking pan. When measuring the dimension of a pan it may help to know that 1 inch is equal to 1.54 cm and for the volume 1 cup is equal to 237 ml. Make sure that if a recipe calls for a certain type of baking pan that you use that type. Most recipes will tell you what type to use so you shouldn't have anything to worry about as long as you follow directions.
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