Virtuousbread.com is committed to helping you find, make, and learn about good bread. If you are going to bake bread in a tin, you need a good tin so we went out to compare tins.
Let’s face it almost any tin will do. You can make bread in a cleaned out tin that used to contain tomatoes. At least you probably can, not that we have tried (there’s a thought…). You can certainly make it in a flower pot. So why the big deal about bread tin quality? Here are the questions:
1. To grease or not to grease?
Greasing is a drag. Although it only takes a second it is a drag. You must have a hard fat (butter or lard) so that your bread does not fry in the fat as it bakes. It is dull to poke away at the tin, making sure the fat is in every nook and cranny and all over the bottom. And, for those of you who already think you are doing a BAD THING eating bread (shame on you) I am certain you don’t want to add insult to injury and grease the tin. To all of those ends, non stick = good.
2. To stack or not to stack?
Tins that do not stack are quite frankly, an outrage. Where on earth are you going to store bread tins that don’t stack. It’s just too stupid for words.
3. To stick or not to stick?
There is non stick and there is non stick. Certain non stick tins actually stick. Other non stick tins do not. The last thing in the world you want is to go out and buy a non stick bread tin only to find you have to prise your bread out with a screwdriver, leaving bits of the bottom of the loaf on the bottom of the tin. Trying to prise out your prize loaf is almost as dull as greasing a pan and much more stressful because the pan is hot and you get the pleasure of burning yourself while you fret about a ruined work of art. No, no, and no.
To that end, we decided we needed to look for pans that are labelled “non stick”, that stack and that actually ARE non stick. The winners (hands down by a country mile) are from Lakeland Limited. Not only do they come in two perfect sizes (one is perfect for a 300 grams of flour loaf (1 lb tin) and the other is perfect for a 600 grams of flour loaf (2 lb tin)) but they stack and are truly non stick. We have tested them intensively over a six month period. We have washed by hand and in the dishwasher. We have made wheat, spelt, rye, and sticky sticky sticky sourdough. We have never had a stick-tastrophe. We simply love these tins and recommend them. They are amazing. Thank you Lakeland.