Bread-making – getting the right-sized loaf tin…

Since, with warmer weather, some people get an urge to make bread, it seemed like a good idea to post this. By the way, as long as your kitchen isn’t frigid, winter is no bar to bread-making. Yeast requires no special conditions – if you’re comfortable, it will be too.

As I’ve said before, most tins sold as loaf tins, here in the UK, are seriously – absurdly – toytown, with sides that are stupidly low, causing the rising dough to overflow. OK for cake, not for bread.

Nobody embraces this stupidity with more enthusiasm than Lakeland, who have sold these ludicrously-sized tins, for years, and have also recently introduced a new range with the same fault. And, as you can see from the comments, customers have finally rebelled. Not that I think anything will change any time soon. And their too-small tins are way too expensive anyway.

These are the 2lb tins I use – the size is pretty much perfect. However, despite the 5-year warranty, robust they are not. I wrote a review to that effect, but they chose not to publish it (you can read it here.**). However, as all they have to do is support the dough as it bakes, that’s not a major handicap – just handle them gently. That they’re cheaper than most, even on the same website, is also a reflection of their quality, but they get the job done. These tins don’t need greasing or lining, and the finished loaves will release perfectly every time.

**That link goes to my bread blog, which is no longer updated. For some reason, it gets very few hits, while bread posts on this blog get plenty. Go figure.

Do not, however, wash them if you can possibly avoid it – water will get into the corner folds, and rust will form. If you can’t avoid washing them at some point, sit them on top of a radiator for a day or two, on in a hot oven if you’re using it for something else, to ensure the corner folds are fully dried out.

Other than that, with care they’ll last a few years.

One last word of advice – if you’re looking at loaf tins online, and the seller can’t be bothered to show the dimensions, go elsewhere – you simply can’t judge accurately, as the small collection of rubbish tins in mu cupboard will testify.

And guess what? I’ve just realised I wrote an earlier, and shorter, version of this in 2010. Oh, sod it…