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 run off 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.
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.
Impressive results every time. Just make sure you warm it up in the oven well before use.
A. Shaw –
The pan delivered swiftly as expected. Thanks.
Denise. J –
You get what you pay for with this and the quality is well worth it if you bake bread regularly.
This is a superb bit of kit for making an arduous task simple (steam). The water channel really is a god send.
The build quality feels great. The pan is stable, sturdy and a delight to bake with.
I use the Challenger pan regularly to bake sourdough loafs and it works extremely well in my gas oven!
Absolutely love baking in this pan. It’s tough as old boots unlike the bakes! Thank you DeliverDeli.