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Anything But Square: 8×8 Pans You’ll Love
Even the most basic 8x8 baking pan is a must-have, but these put the fun in functional. A little extra detail can make all the difference.
From peanut butter fudge to pan rolls, an 8×8-in. baking pan is a launching pad for so many delicious recipes. Though it’s a kitchen workhorse, we really don’t think of exploring its fun side. Here are 10 bright new baking pans you can order right now.
Do you really want to serve your delicious Brussels sprouts au gratin in an ordinary pan? Available in three classic colors, this cozy casserole dish ($20) is made of stoneware, known for its heat retention powers. That means your spouts will stay hot on the table longer.
Ree Drummond’s recipes certainly don’t disappoint, and either does this pretty stoneware casserole dish ($10) from her collection at Walmart. The Dazzling Dahlias pattern will lend a touch of whimsy to your weeknight supper or Sunday dinner with the whole family.
This Bayou Classic cast iron pan ($24) might take some heavy lifting, but your light-as-a-feather golden honey pan rolls will be worth the effort. This retro beauty is designed to transfer and retain heat evenly and is pre-seasoned for a smoother finish.
A Pan That Gives Back
This elegant pan ($20) sports Ayesha Curry’s signature heart logo. Its creamy glazed finish is stain resistant and dishwasher safe, but most important—her kitchenware helps provide up to 500,000 meals to children in need through No Kid Hungry. Channel Ayesha when you make one of her favorite foods.
Did someone say tangy lemon cheesecake? This Fat Daddio’s anodized aluminum pan with removable bottom ($20) makes whipping up a square cheesecake (and many other delicate desserts) a breeze. The aluminum heats and cools quickly and is non-reactive and is safe for citrus-based foods.
Sense of Humor
The hidden message (“oh, crumbs”) on the bottom of this chic Kate Spade pan ($15) lends a little comfort when the last of your signature brownies is gone. The pan is nonstick, so remember to follow this baking rule for perfect treats every time.
Pan of Steel
Bright & Bold
This sturdy red silicon pan ($18) has metal reinforcements in the handle to make it easier to transfer your brownie batter to the oven, but it still microwave safe. Because you don’t need a baking sheet beneath this Bake Boss pan, there’s an even flow of heat.
This Williams Sonoma gold pan ($27) will give whatever you bake in it—including Parmesan ranch pan rolls—a little extra glow on your dining table. But its beauty is more than skin deep. It was designed to promote even baking and an easy release of baked goods.
These lidded Pyrex dishes make taking your culinary show on the road as easy as pie (or gingersnap rum apple crisp). Along with the 8×8 casserole dish, the set ($23) includes one 3-quart rectangular plan with lid, and two 1-cup storage dishes with lids.
When you don’t to leave any of the above pans at a church potluck, these make-and-take (and leave) foil containers ($19 for 30) come to the rescue. They’re sturdy and functional—but their beauty really shines when they allow you to keep your fancy pans safe at home.
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