Saturday, August 08, 2009

Baby loaf pans

If like myself, you follow Elana's Pantry and bake her nut flour based breads, you know that a special baking pan may be required since Elana's loaves are about half the size of a regular loaf of bread.

I chose to stay away from aluminium and non-stick/Teflon pans for health reasons:
  • Aluminium is linked to Alzheimer's Disease and Breast Cancer (aluminium is an ingredient commonly found in commercial deodorants)
  • If you cook with non-stick/Teflon cookware, you can be sure that Teflon particles will be found in your bloodstream and...they don't go away! (From personal experience, non-stick pans don't clean better/more easily than cast iron pans...It's an urban legend).

So when it comes to baking, I prefer using glass, clay and ceramic pans.

Here are some items you might consider for your baking needs:

  • Luminarc has a 6.5"x4" baby loaf pan with lid (an item not available everywhere)
  • "Bake N Store" from Anchor Hocking (I've been using this pan for a while and am very satisfied about it. I usually add 5-10 extra minutes to the recommended baking time.)
  • Emerson Creek Pottery offers small ceramic loaf pans that are non-toxic & lead free
  • Ebay also has some good deals for new or used pans. I searched for "mini loaf pan" and found quite a few from 3" to 6" long pans. Prices vary and you can bid on some items.

Happy baking ;).

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