Baking bread can be a tricky process, but it only gets easier with practice. One common issue that new bakers generally face is taking bread out of the pan after it’s cooked.
This step doesn’t have to be challenging.
Regardless of what cooking pan you use, here’s a guide on how to get the bread out of the pan.
Instructions on How to Get Bread Out of the Pan
If you’re baking bread in an old-school and professional bread pan, you’re going to find it harder to remove baked bread from it.
That said, using a modern loaf tin for baking bread can prevent this problem. This is because modern loaf tins have a non-stick layer, preventing baked goods from sticking to it.
As a result, it’s a lot easier to remove baked bread from a modern cake loaf tin.
If you’re using a professional bread pan, here are some steps to remove the bread without breaking it.
Step 1. Submerge Your Pan In a Bath of Cold Water
Use a large pan or anything larger than your bread pan. The pan should be about two to three inches deep.
This way, it can hold sufficient water for this step. If you don’t have a pan, you can use your washing sink instead.
Ensure That Your Bread Is Fully Cooked
Make sure that the bread is fully cooked before you take it out of the oven. The temperature of the bread pan will change after you place it in the cold water bath.
Therefore, you won’t be able to put it back into the oven to cook it some more. Most likely, you’ll ruin your bread if you don’t check your bread correctly.
Pour Cold Water into the Large Pan
Fill the large pan with cold water. The amount of water should be about 1.5 inches deep.
By using a pan that is three inches deep, you’ll ensure that the water doesn’t spill when you place the bread pan in the large pan.
Place the Bread Pan into the Bath of Water
Once the bath of water is ready, place the bread pan into it. Place it gently so that water doesn’t splash and fall onto the bread.
You will ruin your baked bread if you allow water to come in contact with it at this point.
Ensure That the Baking Pan Is Taller Than the Body of Water
You must also ensure that the baking pan is taller than the body of water. If you suspect that it’s not, remove some of the water from the bath.
So, make sure to check by holding your pan in the water before you place it.
Let the Pan Rest for Five Minutes
After you place the bread pan into the water, let it rest for five minutes. Keep your hands safe as you place the pan in the water.
The difference in temperature will release steam. You don’t want to drop the bread pan in the water because of the sudden release of heat.
Step 2. Turn the Pan Upside Down and Remove the Bread
Letting the bread pan rest in cold water should make it easy to remove. Turn the pan upside down over a kitchen towel.
The bread will gently fall out of the pan on its own. Gently nudge it from behind it so that it can come out the pan with ease.
However, don’t force it out if it won’t move. Forcing it out will possibly result in broken bread. You should always wait for the bread to fall out by itself.
Make sure not to hold the pan too far from the kitchen towel. If you oiled the pan well, the bread should come out easily at this point. However, if it does not, here’s what you should do.
Let the Bread Pan Rest in the Water for More Time
Let the bread pan rest in the water for an additional five minutes to loosen the bread from the pan.
After that, turn the pan over and try to remove it onto a kitchen towel.
Use a Blunt Knife to Loosen the Bread from the Edges of the Pan
You can use a blunt knife to loosen the bread. Run the knife along the edges of the pan. Make sure to move the knife gently so that you don’t cut into bread.
Avoid using a sharp metal knife for this step as it can scratch the surface of the pan. You can also consider using a plastic dough scraper instead of a knife.
Step 3. Pop the Bread in the Oven to Finish
The final step of this process is to make sure your bread is ready for consumption. After you remove the bread from the pan, the bottom of it will most likely be soggy.
This is because of the immediate change in temperature. To ensure that the bread is well-cooked, pop it into the oven for about five minutes.
Place the Bread in the Oven Without the Pan
Place the bread in the oven without the pan. Also, make sure that the temperature is the same at which you cooked the bread.
The goal at this point is to remove the sogginess from the bread and return it to its original texture.
Check If the Bread Is Ready
After five minutes, you must check if the bread is ready to take out of the oven. You can test it by holding the bread in your hand and placing your ear close to it.
Knock on the bottom of the bread. It should sound hollow when you hit it.
If it doesn’t sound hollow, let it sit in the oven for an additional two minutes. Don’t heat it for longer than that as it may burn.
What You Can Do To Prevent Bread from Sticking to the Pan
While it’s possible to remove bread from a pan, it can be a time-consuming process.
Therefore, it’s best to take the necessary steps to prevent the bread from sticking to the pan in the first place.
Here’s what you should know.
Consider Using a Non-Stick Pan
If you don’t plan on baking bread professionally, you can consider using a non-stick pan for it. It’s a lot easier to remove bread from a non-stick pan than a professional bread pan.
All you have to do is add sufficient vegetable oil onto the surface of the pan. Make sure that you cover the entire pan well.
Add more oil the second time if the bread doesn’t come out easily the first time you bake bread in your non-stick pan.
Season Your New Bread Pans (Tins)
You need to “season,” i.e., break-in, your new bread pans (tins).
These pans are typically white, metal pans. To season the pans, cover the surface of the pan with oil, including the bottom and sides.
Place Your New Pan in the Oven
Next, place the pan in an oven at a high temperature. Leave the pan in for twenty to thirty minutes before removing them.
You should perform this step several times before you use your pan for baking bread. The purpose of this step is to ensure that the pan soaks enough oil before you use them.
Use Non-Stick Spray
Every time you bake bread in your pan, apply a coat of non-stick spray on the surface.
Non-stick spray is a combination of substances like oil, lecithin, and food-grade alcohol.
It’s used in cooking to lubricate a pan and prevent food from sticking to the surface.
Avoid Washing Your Pan Every Time You Bake Bread
You don’t have to wash your baking pan every time you bake bread. By washing it, you’ll remove the oil that’s soaked in the pan.
Therefore, you can wipe it down with a clean cloth instead. Just make sure to remove all bits of bread stuck to the pan.
Make Sure to Let the Bread Cool Before Removing It
One common reason why bread sticks to the pan is that it’s too warm to remove. You must let the bread cool before you try to remove it from the pan.
The bread may shrink in size slightly after it’s cool as it releases steam. This will make it allow it to fall out of the pan with ease.
Therefore, you should wait for a few hours before removing it.
Last Few Words
The best way to make your bread-baking process simpler and less time-consuming is to grease the pans well.
Greasing the pan will ensure that bread slides right off. If it doesn’t fall off with ease, you can follow the steps above.
Just make sure to never force your bread out. It will break and crumble if you do, ruining its overall presentation.
And if you’re a home cook, you can consider sticking with a non-stick pan for baking your bread. It can save you a lot of time and effort.
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