Loaf pan

I have a very nice loaf pan that I rarely use because of its size: 10 x 5 1/4". I'm never sure how to increase the proportions. If I follow the recipe exactly, the bread is too shallow.

• Posted by: ChefGam
• January 17, 2016
• 5184 views

ChefGam January 17, 2016
Cancel my previous post. Cakeometer goes allow for square and oblong pans.

ChefGam January 17, 2016
Btw, Cakeometer is a nice app for round pans. I was surprised that it wouldn't allow me to change the shape. Thanks for all the answers and your common sense approaches.

Nancy January 17, 2016
I would use a baking pan volume chart (easily found online) and compare the volume of the 10 x 5.25" loaf pan to that of the prescribed pan, then multiply the recipe accordingly.
Since I couldn't find this size loaf pan on my chart, I figured its volume, first in cubic inches, then converted that to cups. I got 157.5 cu in (if height is est. 3") and 87.3 liquid oz, or about 11 cups.
As 8x4" loaf pan has about 6 cups capacity, and 9x5" loaf pan has 8 cups, adjust accordingly for the 11 cup pan if your recipe used one of those.
Or use the cakeometer, as rt21 suggested.

Smaug January 17, 2016
You really don't need to factor in the height, it'll just divide back out- the height of the loaves should be the same. It's really an easy calculation.

Nancy January 17, 2016
Oldunc - agree height not needed if moving between pans of sane shape.
But yes useful if moving between pans of different shapes (round, square, rectangle etc) and heights.

Smaug January 18, 2016
The depth will be a significant factor in the behavior of risen baked goods; if your pan is going to materially change the depth, you should either find another pan or adjust the recipe (which goes to the original question). Width can be a small factor, a round or square pan will bake slightly slower than a loaf, but isn't much of a worry. Also, of course, breads aren't bound by the depth of the pan, they'll usually rise above the top anyway.

rt21 January 17, 2016
Check out the cake ometer app, it will convert any recipe to any pan size

ChefGam January 17, 2016