If you haven't joined the quarantined crowd regularly when baking banana bread, it's probably been a while since your bread pan has seen a lot of action compared to the other cookware in your cupboard. These pans are essential for making bread, but you can use a bread pan for much more.
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Here's how to make good use of your bread pan when you just can't take another banana bread:
If you don't have a square pan on hand or if you only want thicker bars, you can use a bread pan to whip up a batch of your favorite homemade granola bars. Line the pan with some baking paper and press the granola mixture to the bottom. Once it's baked and cooled, you can pull out the paper and chop the block into strips. It's that easy! (Or try a non-baked version like above.)
All kinds of cakes (including non-baked options)
Reshape your favorite cake using your bread pan. You can make all kinds of cakes in this form, including ginger cake and pound cake. You could probably even tweak your favorite bread pan cake recipe – keep in mind that it will take a lot of extra baking time (unless you're making a freezer pie in it, which is also a great option). Don't forget ice cream cakes, either. We love this s & # 39; mores ice chest terrine recipe.
Cooking for just one or two people? Then you probably do not need a full casserole lasagna – the bread pan is included. With this handy little pan, you can make the perfect serving of delicious lasagna for two by cutting your usual recipe in half. It's also ideal if you like a thicker piece of lasagna because you can stack more ingredients on the higher sides.
No ice machine? No problem! There are many recipes without ice cream to make, and one of the most convenient ways to freeze these sweet brews is in a bread pan. Just pour in your mixture, let it freeze overnight and scoop out to eat. Make sure to cover it tightly with aluminum foil, otherwise it can burn in the freezer. (We love a Pyrex glass loaf pan for this, but any type works.)
Meatloaf is a surprisingly divided subject: must you make it in a bread pan or free form? We'll let you come to your own conclusions about which way is better, but the fact remains that you can cook meatloaf in a loaf pan – which probably isn't such a surprise, since "bread" is just right in His name.
If you're like me, you can't stop eating cheesecake until every last bite is gone. To minimize the temptation, make a smaller cheesecake with your bread pan – Dessert for Two has a perfect recipe for two. Plus, as an added bonus, you don't have to struggle with a water bath.
If your kids ask for ice pops but you don't have molds, you can always use a bread pan. Simply line the pan with parchment paper and then fill it with your favorite ice pop recipe. Place popsicle sticks in a line through the center, cut between them and serve as soon as the ingredients are frozen. It also works well with mini bread pans! The use of a silicone bread pan makes demoulding even easier.
Your modest bread pan can even be used for fancy (ok, still quite modest) French dishes in the shape of a peasant pie. It is perfect for spreading on toast or crackers with spicy cornichons on the side. Try to make it the centerpiece of a covered picnic. (If you don't eat meat, a spring vegetable terrine is a nice alternative.)
A piece of chocolate? Sign me up! You can make this decadent dream a reality by whipping up a chocolate mousse bread, like this one from Shugary Sweets. Make sure to cover the bread pan with plastic wrap so that you can easily take it out.
And if you're ready to go back to banana bread again, here are some useful resources.
This story was written by Camryn Rabideau for Chowhound.