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.