Challenger Bread Pan

(9 customer reviews)

£268.33 Exc. Tax

Bake your bread the right way with the beautifully made cast iron Challenger bread pan.

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A round wicker banneton (lined).

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  • Latest design
  • Easily removable cover.
  • Creates a perfect amount of steam.
  • Ideal for all shapes of loaf.
  • Made from thick cast iron.
  • Has a shallow base to easily load and retrieve your dough.
  • Pre-seasoned with grapeseed oil.

The Challenger cast iron bread pan makes a strong investment; you will see serious gains every 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 created by Jim Challenger. Introduced to simulate a bread oven, this robust cast-iron pan lends itself to bread baking at home.

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, the bread pan will trap and encourage essential steam to surround the bread as it bakes.

The Challenger bread pan has a runoff 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 the 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.

Challenger Bread Pan Alternatives

Matching the Challenger bread pan for durability and robustness is hard. There are some other options that can help create the same results:

Netherton Bread Pan

The Netherton bread pan is a lighter and cheaper alternative to the Challenger. Unlike the Challenger, the iron used to make the pan is spun. The thickness of the pan is thinner.

Spring Oven

The Spring Oven is a cheaper alternative to the Challenger bread pan. The terracotta stone gives excellent baking results but, unlike the Challenger, the Spring Oven is more susceptible to impact shocks. It’s also slightly smaller.

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Additional information

Weight 10.2 kg
Dimensions 43 × 39.5 × 15.8 cm


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Do I need to season the Challenger bread pan?
You shouldn’t need to on first use. The pan comes pre-seasoned. It’s advised to re-season later though.

Where do you ship the Challenger bread pan from?
We ship the Challenger bread pan from the UK.

Do I need to pay import duty on the Challenger bread pan?
If you’re based in the UK, you do not need to pay import duty. We simply charge VAT at the current rate.
If you’re based outside of the UK, you will likely have to pay import duty, according to the rules of your country.

Do you ship the pan to Europe?
Yes, we do ship the Challenger pan to European countries. Import duty is usually due to your country on entry. A payment link is normally sent via text message or email.





Length 15.4 in / 392 mm
Width 10.2 in / 260 mm
Height 5.4 in / 136 mm
Inside Dimensions:
Length 12.3 in / 310 mm
Width 9.6 in / 239 mm
Height 5 in/ 127 mm
Total 9.9 kg / 21.9 lbs
Lid 5.7 kg / 12.6 lbs
Base 4.2 kg / 9.3 lbs
Challenger Bread Pan Size Dimensions




What can you bake in the Challenger Bread Pan?

This rounded cast iron vessel will lend itself to a range of bread baking applications. From sourdough to baguette, we check out some types…

Sourdough Recipe (Cinnamon & Raisin)

This is a fine flavourful sourdough loaf to sink your teeth into. A sweet take on a sourdough loaf with cinnamon accents and raisin pockets.




How to use a Challenger Bread Pan

Using the bread pan is a breeze.

Simply preheat in your oven to 230 °C-260 °C. The time for this will vary in relation to your oven.

Once you’re ready to bake, retrieve the pan from the oven and place the dough inside. The heated cast iron should give a great oven spring. Pop the lid back on and return it to the oven. Cook your desired bread for three quarters of the time needed. Please be patient enough to leave the lid on, to assist with dough rise and expansion.

Finally, remove the lid in the final quarter (take care of hot steam) and brown as needed.

To summarise:

  • Preheat (230 °C-260 °C)
  • Bake with the lid on
  • Remove the lid and bake for browning

Usage Guide





Challenger Bread Pan - DeliverDeli




Jim Challenger Sourdough Recipe PDF icon

Challenger Sourdough Recipe


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Challenger Roman Pizza Recipe


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Challenger Neapolitan Pizza Recipe


9 reviews for Challenger Bread Pan

  1. J. Walsh

    I’ve used a dutch oven to bake my bread in the past and have the burn scars to prove it! Nothing like that with the Challenger pan and the dough happily goes in and the bread out super easily.

  2. Dianne

    Impressive results every time. Just make sure you warm it up in the oven well before use.

  3. A. Shaw

    The pan delivered swiftly as expected. Thanks.

  4. Denise. J

    You get what you pay for with this and the quality is well worth it if you bake bread regularly.

  5. James

    This is a superb bit of kit for making an arduous task simple (steam). The water channel really is a god send.

  6. Joe

    The build quality feels great. The pan is stable, sturdy and a delight to bake with.

  7. Amy

    I use the Challenger pan regularly to bake sourdough loafs and it works extremely well in my gas oven!

  8. Jane

    Absolutely love baking in this pan. It’s tough as old boots unlike the bakes! Thank you DeliverDeli.

  9. Alex Portman

    Produces dream crusts.

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