The Challenger cast iron bread pan makes a strong investment – you will see serious gains every single time you bake a loaf of bread. The pan is shaped to house both round and oval loaves.
The Challenger bread pan is a baking idea conceptualised by Jim Challenger. Introduced to simulate a bread oven, this cast-iron oven lends itself to bread baking.
A bread pan or loaf pan is a form of ovenware used for baking bread. Unlike a dutch oven or a casserole dish, a bread pan has a shallow base with which to place dough or extract bread easily.
In addition to its handy form, a bread pan will trap and encourage essential steam to surround the bread as it bakes.
The Challenger bread pan has a channel or reservoir for holding water. This unique design feature creates and prompts steam as it’s heated. Bakers have in the past been known to add water trays on a lower shelf to promote steam.
In the first few minutes of baking, the steam assists yeast with further expansion (“oven-spring”). Steam also softens the crust. Once fully evaporated, caramelised sugars on the surface brown and help towards that mouth-watering golden crust. The lid can also be easily removed to expose and harden the crust.