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How to Grease a Bread Pan for Perfect Loaves

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You’re not alone if your bread loaf sticks to your pan.

It’s quite easy to make a mistake while greasing a bread pan, but it’s also very easy to do right once you’ve mastered the method. Grease a bread baking pans as follows:

Use Grease and Cornmeal

Keep breads from sticking to pans with this technique — it works like a charm.

  1. Using a clean paper towel or pastry brush, distribute a thin layer of either: vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, or butter inside of your bread pan.
  2. Coat the pan bottom and sides with cornmeal. When the bottom of the pan is coated, flip the bread pan, and tap out any extra cornmeal into your sink.


  • Make sure the powder is evenly distributed inside the entire bread pan to avoid sticking.
  • Shortening and vegetable oil, do not affect the taste of the bread.
  • Don’t worry, cornmeal won’t get caught in your bread dough.

Use Baking Spray

Using a good quality baking spray, coat the entire interior of the bread pan, including the sides and bottom.

Bread that adheres to the pan is no longer an option.

Use Parchment Paper and Grease

Every time, line your bread pan with parchment paper to avoid a sticky mess (even non-stick pans can get a little messy).

It also makes removing the bread from the loaf pan a breeze — Easy Peasy! Following these simple steps will teach you how to line your bread pan with parchment paper:

  1. Begin by measuring the length, breadth, and height of your loaf pan. Using parchment paper, cut two rectangular pieces. The width of one rectangular piece should be the same as the width of the pan. The length of the second rectangular piece would be the same as the length of the pan. The rectangular pieces should be long enough to cover the pan’s bottom while also hanging over the sides.
  2. Cooking spray or a pastry brush dipped in shortening or vegetable oil should be used to grease the bottom of the loaf pan.
  3. Place one of the rectangular parchment pieces on top of the other and wrinkle the edges to ensure a close fit.
  4. Re-grease, but this time use the oil to coat the parchment paper. This ensures that when you place the second sheet of parchment paper on top of the first, it will attach to it.
  5. Replace the first piece of parchment paper on top of the second. Crease these pieces around the edges of the loaf pan to ensure a good fit. You’re free to grease once more. If necessary, trim the parchment paper’s edges with scissors to make it flush with the pan (optional).

When you are done baking, simply lift the bread from the bread loaf pan by picking the parchment paper. Remove the parchment paper from the bread.

No mess!

Which component is best for greasing a bread pan? Greasing your bread loaf pan with a nice baker’s spray is ideal. In fact, vegetable oil or vegetable shortening are both superior to butter. They are more effective at preventing bread from sticking and do not add any flavor to your bread’s “crusts.”

Is it necessary to grease the inside of a bread pan with parchment paper? If you’re lucky, greasing the bread pan will let you remove the loaf without it sticking, tearing, or breaking. Replace the pan with a piece of parchment paper and a thin, flexible spatula to separate the bread’s sides.

What should you do if the bread sticks to the pan? After the bread has cooled, slide a palette knife or a flexible spatula under it to pry the bottom free. After that, flip the bread over and shake it onto a serving plate, striking the pan’s bottom if necessary. If you use a sharp knife, you risk scratching your pan.


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