Why I Love USA Pan Bake Ware

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USA Pan bakeware is sturdy, non-stick, and eco-friendly. USA pans bake evenly and brown beautifully, and they’re a cinch to wash. That’s a lot of pluses for bake ware designed for home use!

The first thing you’ll notice about USA pans is the fluted surface. This corrugation serves a dual purpose; it maximizes pan strength, preventing warping and denting, while facilitating airflow for more even baking. You’ll be amazed at how evenly these pans bake; not too light or too dark – just right!

As soon as you touch a USA pan, you’ll feel the smoothness of the clear, silicone coating. Preferred by bakers, this coating allows easy release of baked goods and makes clean up a breeze. I’ve never had anything stick in these pans: yeast breads and quick breads turn out flawlessly, muffins pop right out, cookies slide right off, even the sticky cinnamon buns in the photos popped right out. I did notice on their website that USA Pan recommends greasing your pans using butter or shortening, NOT baking spray. I have been using baking spray and haven’t noticed any ill effects, but I will now discontinue that practice. I want my pans to last at least a couple lifetimes! I’m ALWAYS careful to use a plastic knife and spatula when cutting into or serving from my pans, and I always hand wash.

Designed with many of the same standard features of industrial bake ware, USA pans just feel heavy and sturdy. Each pan is constructed of commercial materials and metal thicknesses have been selected to allow for even heat distribution and maximum service life. Because they are committed to protecting our environment, USA Pan uses 65% recycled steel in the manufacture of their products. And USA Pan’s proprietary AMERICOAT© Plus silicone coating does not contain any PTFE’s[1] or PFOA’s[2], making their bake ware non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

I have been methodically replacing all of my old bake ware with USA Pan bake ware. My collection is almost complete and now includes: two 9×4 bread pans, one 13×4 Pullman loaf pan (which I LOVE and just may be featured in a future review), three 9×2 round cake pans, one 13×9 pan, two square 9×9 pans, two 12-cup standard-sized muffin pans, two 6-cup Texas-sized muffin pans, two 6-cup hamburger bun pans, and two half-sheet sheet pans. I’m still in the market for pie pans and another 13×9 pan. My newest acquisitions are the Texas-sized muffin pans (see photos). I baked individual cinnamon buns in these pans; once cooled for a few minutes, the buns popped right out.

Here’s my recipe for Cinnamon Rolls or Buns:

1 1/2 c. water

2 t. yeast

3/8 c. potato flakes

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter, melted (1 stick)

1 egg

4 1/3 c. all-purpose flour

2 t. kosher salt

1/4 c. butter, melted (1/2 stick)

1 c. brown sugar, packed

2 t. cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Electric Mixer Method: Add water and yeast to bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add potato flakes, sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, and egg, whisking lightly to break up the egg. Add flour and salt, place bowl on mixer, and knead on low speed until dough comes together. Can also be made by hand or in a bread machine.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let sit for an hour or so (or let sit overnight in the refrigerator). Turn dough out onto counter dusted with flour. Gently pat dough into a rectangular shape and roll out to roughly 18” x 20”.

Spread 1/4 cup melted butter over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar, more or less, according to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting at a long edge, roll up jellyroll fashion. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 12 equal slices and place cut side up into each of 12 greased, Texas-sized muffin cups. Or, if baking on a sheet pan, slice rolls into desired widths, and place cut side up on greased pan. Place buns on middle rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.


 

[1] PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is a synthetic fluoropolymer of tetrafluoroethylene that has numerous applications, the best known of which is Teflon by DuPont Co.

[2] PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), also known as C8 and perfluorooctanoate, is a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant, used in the manufacture of prominent consumer goods, such as Teflon by Dupont Co.

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