49 Recipes to Make in Your Loaf Pan (2024)

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49 Recipes to Make in Your Loaf Pan (1)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Mar. 12, 2024

    Dig out your loaf pan for one of these delicious recipes. We have meatloaf ideas, quick breads, cakes, candies and more that can be easily whipped up in an 8x4 or 9x5 pan.

    Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

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    While cinnamon swirl bread is a natural for breakfast, we love it so much we enjoy it all day long. This is a nice twist on traditional cinnamon swirl yeast breads. —Helen Richardson, Shelbyville, Michigan

    Basic Homemade Bread

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    If you'd like to learn how to bake bread, here's a wonderful place to start. This easy white bread bakes up deliciously golden brown. There's nothing like the homemade aroma wafting through my kitchen as it bakes. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York

    Makeover Lemon Pound Cake

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    For this lovely golden cake, I use fat-free yogurt to trim the calories. It's a comforting dessert for days when it's warm enough to dine outside. —Lauren Gilmore, Pennington, New Jersey

    Garlic Herb Bubble Loaf

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    I adapted an old sour cream bread recipe for this deliciously different pull-apart loaf that smells heavenly while baking. It has a light crust, tender interior and lots of herb and butter flavor. We think it's wonderful with a hot bowl of potato soup. —Katie Crill, Priest River, Idaho

    Mom's Chocolate Bread

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    My mom made this divine chocolaty bread for holidays or at special request. I always think of my family when I smell it baking. —Rachel Rhodes, Princeton, North Carolina

    Turkey Meat Loaf

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    I first made this recipe when my husband and I had to start watching our diet. Since then, I've been asked to make my turkey meat loaf many times. —Ruby Rath, New Haven, Indiana

    Cheese Batter Bread

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    Taste of Home

    Hearty breads are very much a part of our Midwest heritage. This bread has a unique flavor and is a family favorite.

    Cool Strawberry Cream

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    This fruity, luscious dessert makes a wonderful ending to a special dinner. When fresh strawberries are not available, substitute two packages frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed and drained, for the fresh. —Joyce Cooper, Mount Forest, Ontario

    Anise Gumdrops

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    With their bright color and frosty sugared look, these homemade gumdrops are irresistible. They're softer than the store-bought kind and have tongue-tingling anise flavor. —Richard Bunt, Painted Post, New York

    Double-Berry Quick Bread

    Healthy, fast and easy! This bread is a favorite of mine when prep time is tight and I have small amounts of different kinds of berries to use up. — Jennifer Coduto, Kent, Ohio

    Holiday White Fruitcake

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    Years ago, when I attended Koloa Missionary Church in Hawaii, a friend gave me this recipe. Now I whip up at least 60 loaves for the holidays. —Eileen Sokolowski Flatt, Chandler, Arizona

    Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies

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    These are among my family's favorite cookies around Christmas. The cran-orange flavor makes them special. —Nancy Rollag, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

    Parmesan Zucchini Bread

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    This loaf has a rugged, textured look that adds to its old-fashioned appeal. The mild Parmesan flavor nicely complements the zucchini, which adds bits of green color to every tender slice. —Christine Wilson, Sellersville, Pennsylvania

    Blueberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Sauce

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    This loaf is chock-full of blueberries—two whole cups! When you pour the vanilla sauce over the bread, it makes it moist--almost like a pudding. I suggest serving a robust cup of coffee with this delicious treat. —Sue Davis, Wausau, Wisconsin

    English Muffin Bread Loaf

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    Many years ago, a good friend gave me her mother's recipe for this delightful bread, and I've made it ever since. Toast it up for breakfast and don't forget to slather on your favorite jam. —Jane Zielinski, Rotterdam Junction, New York

    Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros

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    This is definitely a different gyro meat recipe, yet it is so good! I slice leftover meat in individual portions and freeze for any time I crave a gyro. —Sharon Rawlings, Tampa, Florida

    Frozen Peanut Butter and Chocolate Terrine

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    This terrine can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer. When served, it cuts easily, revealing the lovely layers of banana, peanut butter and chocolate. —Jennifer Jackson, Keller, Texas

    Bacon Walnut Bread with Honey Butter

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    My savory walnut bread filled with bacon bits and blue cheese dressing is complemented by the sweetness of honey-flavored butter. Cut yourself a thick slice, slather on the butter and enjoy!—Pam Ivbuls, Omaha, Nebraska

    Rhubarb Bread

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    This is quite a good bread - our family really enjoys it! It's also very quick and easy to prepare, once you have the rhubarb diced. —Grace Capen, Sacramento, California

    Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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    I'm always busy with three active sons, so this rich quick bread is a favorite. I like to wrap these loaves to give as gifts. —Sharon Walker, Huntington Station, New York

    Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans

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    These yummy striped cookies with a chocolaty twist are easy and fun to make, but they do need some time in the freezer. —Lena Marie Brownell, Rockland, Massachusetts

    Milk-and-Honey White Bread

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    My dad has been a wheat farmer all his life and my state is the wheat capital, so this recipe represents my region and my family well. This bread never lasts too long at our house. —Kathy McCreary, Goddard, Kansas

    Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

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    People go wild over this golden, garlicky loaf whenever I serve it. There’s intense flavor in every bite. —Carol Shields, Summerville, Pennsylvania

    Sparkling Cider Pound Cake

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    This pound cake is incredible and completely reminds me of fall with every bite. Using sparkling apple cider in the batter and the glaze gives it a delicious and unique flavor. I love everything about it! —Nikki Barton, Providence, Utah

    Pina Colada Zucchini Bread

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    At my husband's urging, I entered this recipe at the Pennsylvania Farm Show—and won first place! You'll love the cakelike texture and tropical flavors. —Sharon Rydbom, Tipton, Pennsylvania

    Strawberry Sorbet Sensation

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    On hot days in Colorado, we chill out with slices of this berries-and-cream dessert. The layered effect is so much fun. Use any flavor of sorbet you like. —Kendra Doss, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Best Ever Banana Bread

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    Whenever I pass a display of bananas in the grocery store, I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of my best banana bread recipe. It really is amazingly good! —Gert Kaiser, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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    Meat Loaf with Oatmeal

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    A simple blend of seasonings results in a hot and hearty meat loaf that's big on flavor and very satisfying. —Lauree Buus, Rapid City, South Dakota

    Apricot Cranberry Bread

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    I was making cranberry bread one day and wanted to try something a little different. I found a jar of apricot jam in the refrigerator and decided to spoon the jam into the center of the bread. It looked lumpy, so I took a knife and cut the jam into the bread. The end result was delicious. —Diane Roth, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Pumpkin Bread

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    I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy, easy pumpkin bread recipe. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

    Mulled Wine Jelly Candies

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    I don’t drink alcohol, so after I’ve had company over for dinner, I have to do something with the leftover wine. These unusual jelly candies make a nice hostess gift during the holidays. I make the mulled red wine version for the winter holidays, and a white wine variation in spring and summer.—Jennifer Mack, Pensacola, Florida

    Grapefruit Poppy Seed Bread

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    I had grapefruits handy, so I used the zest and juice for this lovely quick bread. It's got a nice little tang and a tender crumb. —Lisa Moriarty, Wilton, New Hampshire

    Honey Beer Bread

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    It’s true—this yummy bread requires just four ingredients! Simply combine self-rising flour, sugar, honey and beer, pour the batter into the pan and bake. For a twist, try one of the fun variations listed at the end of this recipe. —Cak Marshall, Salem, OR

    Special Banana Nut Bread

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    This extra-special banana bread makes a wonderful gift for friends and neighbors. The recipe makes two loaves, so I can serve one and keep the other one in the freezer to use as a last-minute gift. —Beverly Sprague, Catonsville, Maryland

    Dutch Apple Cake

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    My husband and I came to Canada from Holland more than 40 years ago. This traditional Dutch recipe is a family favorite and has frequently gone along with me to potluck suppers and other get-togethers. —Elizabeth Peters, Martintown, Ontario

    Bacon Date Bread

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    Friends joke that whenever I’m asked to bring a dish to a party, my contribution always contains bacon. This recipe has the sweet and salty flavors of date-nut bread and bacon-wrapped dates. —Terrie Gammon, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    How to Make No-Bake Strawberry Delight

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    You only need a few ingredients to make this fun, retro strawberry delight dessert.

    Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

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    Coming from Oregon, a state famous for its cranberries, this bread is a given at our house. Each fall my husband and I scrounge around for walnuts to go in it. It's a regular on our table, and not just at Thanksgiving. I freeze the berries so I have a ready supply all year long. —Elaine Kremenak, Grants Pass, Oregon

    Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake

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    My son Gabriel loves surprises inside cakes, like seeing a shamrock when this cake is sliced. Everyone wants to know how it’s done. — Angela Lively, Spring, Texas

    Strawberries 'n' Cream Bread

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    Once strawberry-picking time arrives here each summer, my husband and I look forward to this bread. Since only fresh strawberries will do, I have been thinking of trying a different kind of berry so we can enjoy it more often. Baking is great fun for me. I have to admit, though, sweets are my weakness. On occasion, a bag of chocolate chips makes it to the batter!—Suzanne Randall, Dexter, Maine

    Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

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    Cinnamon and raisins bring heartwarming flavor to this mildly sweet bread. It's ideal for an on-the-go breakfast or a quick snack before dinner. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

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    This combination of pumpkin, nuts and dates makes a delicious, golden pumpkin cream cheese bread. The surprise inside—a rich creamy swirl—is like a luscious layer of cheesecake in each slice. —Cindy May, Troy, Michigan

    Originally Published: June 12, 2018

    49 Recipes to Make in Your Loaf Pan (43)

    Katie Bandurski

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    49 Recipes to Make in Your Loaf Pan (2024)


    What can I use a loaf pan for? ›

    Here are five classic uses of a Loaf Pan:
    • Make Home-Made Bread. Stay true to the Loaf Pan's primary use by baking a loaf of bread. ...
    • Bake Pound Cake. A pound cake is the perfect baked good to make when you're short on time. ...
    • Cook a Meatloaf. ...
    • Bake a Mini Casserole. ...
    • Freeze Ice Cream.

    What are 3 quick breads? ›

    These include muffins, tea loaves, nut breads, corn bread, and coffee cakes. Lastly, the quick bread may be a dough that is dry enough to be kneaded slightly, rolled, and cut into shapes.

    How many loaf pans equal a 9x13? ›

    A 9×13 baking dish. The batter that fills two loaf pans is perfect for one baking dish. We didn't even need to adjust the cooking time that much; since the baking dish is more shallow, it bakes in about the same time as a loaf pan, even though it's bigger.

    What is made in a loaf pan? ›

    A loaf pan is a rectangular pan that's designed for baking loaves of bread and can be made from metal, glass, and stoneware. They're often used to make yeasted sandwich bread, and they're key for desserts like banana bread or pound cake.

    Can I use a loaf pan for cake? ›

    You can bake cake mix in loaf pans. Grease and flour the bottom only and bake at 325 to 350 for 35 to 55 minutes depending on the pan size. One 9x5 loaf pan will be very full and will bake for 50 minutes +. You can use two 8x4-inch pans and start checking for doneness at around 35 minutes.

    How many slices can you get from a 9x5 loaf pan? ›

    Your standard slice of store-bought sandwich bread clocks in at about 1 ounce per slice. An 8×4-sized homemade loaf will yield about 12 1-ounce slices while a 9×5 serves around 16 slices.

    What size loaf pan for 2lb meatloaf? ›

    Loaf pan size chart
    18.5" x 4.5" x 2.75"2.5 - 3.5 cups
    1.259" x 5" x 2.75"3 - 4 cups
    1.510" x 5" x 3" 9" x 4" x 4"3.5 - 5 cups
    213" x 4" x 4"4 - 6 cups
    Apr 3, 2022

    What size loaf pan is best for bread? ›

    Use the Right Size for Best Results

    The two most popular bread pan sizes are 9×5 and 8½x4½ inches. Both sizes are typically 2½ inches tall. While the difference in sizes seems small, it actually equals a 15% difference in capacity.

    What is the biscuit method? ›

    The biscuit-method, also used for scones, is prepared by sifting together the dry ingredients including flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder, the fat is then cut into the dry ingredients, and the mixture is folded together with the liquid producing a dense yet flakey texture.

    Can you bake bread in the microwave Why or why not? ›

    Though it won't have the same color or crust of bread baked in an oven, you can use a traditional microwave to make a fresh loaf of bread whenever inspiration strikes. If you have a convection microwave, your results will more closely resemble oven-baked bread.

    What is the muffin method? ›

    The purpose of this method is to limit the amount of gluten production during the mixing process, keeping quick breads light and tender. To achieve this, the dry ingredients are combined in one bowl, the wet ingredients are combined in a separate bowl, and then the two mixtures are combined together.

    What is a 9x5 inch loaf pan equivalent to? ›

    Loaf Pans. 8×4 inch loaf pan holds 4 cups of batter, the same as a 6×2 inch round pan. 9×5 inch loaf pan holds 8 cups of batter, the same as a 9×2 inch round pan and an 8×2 inch square pan.

    Can I use 8x8 pan instead of 9x5? ›

    Quick Conversions: The 8x8” Baking Dish can substitute as a 9” round cake pan, a 9x5 loaf pan, or a deep-dish Pie Dish. Halved recipes intended for 9x13 Rectangular Baking Dish are also compatible.

    How many people does a loaf pan feed? ›

    Loaf cake pan

    Typically used for quick breads and pound cakes, loaf cakes have a shape like a loaf of bread, and slice into simple servings. Usually, the servings will be about 1 inch thick. Say you have a loaf pan that is 9 inches (the measurement inside of the pan). You'll have 9 servings.

    What can I do with old loaf pans? ›

    They would also be a great "basket" to package up some small gifts or baked goods for a friend. You could even make one for the kitchen to plant herbs for in your window! The loaf pans I bought are old and have an interesting folded detail on the ends, but any loaf pans will do.

    Can you use a loaf pan for ice cream? ›

    Ice cream, and the like:

    If you're advanced enough to own an ice cream maker, you probably know that after you churn ice cream, you need to re-freeze it for several hours before you can scoop and eat. A loaf pan is the perfect vessel to do it in.

    Can you bake bread without a loaf pan? ›

    If you don't have a bread pan, press the two ends closer together, and place the loaf on a greased baking sheet. When baking, the loaf will spread out a bit and create a more oval-shaped loaf. It will have the look of artisan bread or a classic French bread.

    Can you use a casserole dish as a loaf pan? ›

    Depending on the recipe being prepared, yeast breads can be baked in the following: Metal loaf pans. Glass loaf or other glass baking dishes or casseroles. Cookie sheets or jelly-roll pans.


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