Williams-Sonoma Traditional-Finish loaf pan
$16 at williams-sonoma.com
8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-3/4 inchesWhy buy
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty all-purpose loaf pan—one that’s constructed to withstand corrosion and rusting over time—look no further. Williams-Sonoma’s traditional-finish pan is made of heavy-gauge aluminum-coated steel, has a reinforced rim that resists warping, and feels quite hefty. Most important, it bakes exceptionally well. Pound cake—which overbrowns along the edges in so many other pans—bakes to an attractive, uniformly golden color; similarly, loaves of bread develop a crisp, light brown crust.Keep in mind
Though this pan is dishwasher safe, it’s better to wash it by hand to prevent harsh detergents from darkening the aluminized steel. Its clean, straight edges create well-defined, nicely shaped loaves but need extra attention when cleaning, as they can trap residue over time.