How to Prepare a Bread Pan

Fresh baked bread
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Properly greasing the bread pan is essential to getting the baked loaf of bread out of it after you pull it from the oven. There are a number of items you can use to grease the loaf pan, such as shortening, butter, or cooking oil. To make it even easier for the bread to come out of the pan, coat the pan with a layer of coarse cornmeal.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Approximately 2 minutes.

Here's How

  1. Grease the pan thoroughly. You can use shortening, cooking oil, or butter. Spread evenly on bottom and sides of pan using fingers or a folded paper towel.
  1. If you are baking a sweet dessert bread, stop here. The pan is ready to be used.
  2. For breads such as white or whole wheat, use coarse cornmeal to prevent sticking. Put a handful of cornmeal into the loaf pan and turn the pan so that the bottom and sides are covered. After the bread is baked, getting it out of the pan is as simple as turning the pan over. The bread will fall right out.​


  1. If you are using butter, do not leave clumps of butter in the pan.
  2. Save your butter wrappers and use them to grease the loaf pan.

What You Need

  • Butter, cooking oil, or shortening
  • Course cornmeal
  • Loaf pan