Baking quick breads in mini loaf pans is a fun alternative to the traditional 9×5 bread loaf pan. Mini loaves are great as holiday gifts, individual servings for brunch, or bake sale goodies. Here are the necessary preparations and adjustments to baking smaller amounts of quick bread dough in mini loaf pans.
Things You'll Need
Prepare the quick bread dough. Follow instructions on the prepackaged mix or in the cookbook as directed for a standard 9×5 bread loaf pan. Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature in the recipe. Adjustments will be made to the baking times, not temperature, when baking in mini loaf pans.
Place mini loaf pans on a cookie sheet with a lip. Stagger the pans at least 1 inch apart so hot air can flow around each pan. The cookie sheet should hold three or more mini loaf pans, depending on their size.
Measure one of the mini loaf pans by filling it with water, then emptying the water into a measuring cup. Spray each mini loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Measure 3/4 cup of dough for a mini loaf pan that holds approximately 1 cup. Use 1/3 cup of dough for a 1/2 cup–sized mini loaf pan.
Put the cookie sheet and filled mini loaf pans in the oven on the middle rack. Reduce the baking time by 1/4 when using mini loaf pans. For example, a recipe that bakes a 9×5 quick bread loaf for 40 minutes should bake for 30 minutes in mini loaf pans.
Check the mini loaves during baking. Firmness, browning, and cracking down the middle are all signs that the loaves are done. Insert a toothpick in two areas near the center of the loaves to check for moist dough. When the toothpick comes out clean, that individual mini loaf is done.
Cool the mini loaf pans on an elevated cooling rack. When the bread is slightly warm to the touch, use a butter knife around the edges of the pans to loosen the loaves. Gently turn the pans to the side and remove the loaves.
- Grease only the bottom of the mini loaf pan to reduce overbaking the edges of the bread.
- Place a tent of aluminum foil over the loaves if they brown too quickly.