I’ve had to learn, as my family became smaller, to cook smaller instead of the gigantic portions I was accustomed to with three growing boys. Now that there is just Diane and I, it is hard to learn to cut down those recipes to just servings for two instead of five. The easiest way I’ve found is to restrict myself to the size of container I am cooking in, forcing me to cut the recipes to fit the container. This is especially true with something like lasagna which can grow to astronomical portions if you don’t watch what you are doing.
I happened on this Baker’s Secret Loaf Pan by accident. I was hankering for some banana nut bread and figured this would be the perfect size for cooking some up. Shortly, I discovered, I had no idea how to make it, only how to eat it, silly me. But the pan turned out to be the perfect lasagna pan, serving two. Diane also uses it for her meatloaf pan and it is great for other casserole type dishes in smaller quantities.
This one is the medium, measuring 8.5” x 4.5” x 3”, but it also comes in small and large. It is a metal pan with a silicone non-stick surface. The lips extends slightly on each short end to offer handles for removal from the oven. Things cook evenly on all sides in this pan because of their special secret. What is that secret? I don’t know, it is a Baker’s Secret and they don’t tell. I haven’t had anything stick either, and you know how notorious lasagna can be for sticking. You just cut your piece and it slides out easily with no problem.
Clean up is easy as well. It is dishwasher safe or you can wash by hand. I’ve had this pan for about 5 years and it still performs as well as it did on day one. It still cleans as easily too. You do have to use some caution if you elect to cut your baked goods with a metal spatula because you can scrape the finish. I don’t think we even own metal serving products any longer, so I don’t have to worry about that.
I couldn’t be more pleased with this pan with its variety of uses. Now if I can just conquer that banana nut bread, life will be good.