Best Brownie Baking Pan Size:
The size of your brownie pan determines the amount of batter you will need to make. A smaller pan means less batter and therefore less calories per serving. However, it may take longer to cook the brownies due to lower heat output.
Also, when using a small pan, you must use more time than if using a larger one. So, choosing between two pans is not always easy!
A good rule of thumb is to choose a pan with at least 2/3 of the total volume occupied by the pan. For example, if you have a 9″ x 13″ pan, then you would want to select a pan with at least 5/6th (5/6) of the total volume occupied by the pan. If you have a 12″ x 16″ pan, then you would want to select a pan with 1/3 (1/3) of the total volume occupied by the pan.
Also, remember that different types of brownies require slightly different cooking times. For instance, chocolate chip cookies tend to cook faster than pound cake or even fudge brownies. Therefore, it is recommended that you experiment with different recipes before making any major decisions!
What are the Benefits of Using a Brownie Pan?
In simpler times, the only option you had when buying a pan was its size. Today, there are many types of pans available to serve different purposes. However, people still prefer using a simple brownie pan.
There are several benefits to using a brownie pan instead of an alternative pan such as a cake pan or cookie sheet. One of the major advantages is that it helps you cook your brownies evenly. If you use a large cookie sheet, for example, then the heat from the bottom tends to burn the edges of your brownies before the middle has time to cook all the way.
On a smaller pan, however, the heat is more evenly distributed, which results in a more consistent brownie. Also, the large surface area of a metal cake pan means your lovely chocolate treats have less chance to get crispy.
Another benefit of using a brownie pan is that it is less likely to break if you accidentally drop it on the floor. If you were using a glass or ceramic cake pan, then you might have just suffered an expensive loss. On the other hand, metal pans tend to be more durable and can easily handle a few bumps and drops, even from quite a height.
What are the Different Types of Brownie Pans?
There is a large variety of different pans you can use to bake brownies. This section discusses the most common types and their advantages and disadvantages.
The first type of pan is the simplest: the traditional metal 9″ x 13″ pan. This pan has a large surface area and comes in various depths (1″, 1.5″, 2″, 3″, 4″, 6″, 8″, and so on).
It is extremely durable and can withstand even the harshest of treatment. This pan is very easy to acquire at any department store.
The second type of pan is the non-stick variety. This pan has many advantages, including the fact that it makes for easier removal of your brownies once they have finished cooking. Also, it can help in evenly cooking your brownies from edge to middle.
This type of pan usually comes in only two sizes: 9″ x 13″ and 8″ x 12″.
The third pan is the “cupcake mold pan.” It is basically a sheet of metal (usually aluminum) with small cups cut into it. These cups help keep your brownies from burning on the edges, but people usually fill them up all the way to the top.
The cupcake mold pan usually comes in two sizes: 12-cup and 24-cup.
The fourth pan is the silicone brownie pan. These pans come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. One of the most popular is a mold of the American Flag.
They are extremely non-stick, so they often make for extremely easy clean-up with your delicious brownies. They also are extremely durable and can handle quite a lot of abuse.
The fifth pan is the “Extreme Brownie” pan. It has a very different design from all other pans. Instead of having the traditional sheet of metal with holes punched out, it is made up of small “islands.” These islands are extremely far apart from each other, which makes for extremely crispy brownies.
They come in a range of sizes, from small (6″ x 8″ pan) to large (12″ x 17″ pan).
Which Brownie Pan Should You Use?
All of these pans have their positive and negative sides. It would be up to you to decide which pan is best for you. If you want a more traditional brownie pan, then the standard 9″ x 13″ metal pan would probably suit you best. If you want a non-stick version, then the 8″ x 12″ non-stick pan would probably be your best bet. If you want to make extremely thin brownies, then the 6″ x 8″ extreme brownie pan would be your best choice. If you want to make extremely thick brownies, then the 12″ x 17″ extreme brownie pan (possibly even larger) would be your best choice.
Whichever pan you choose, I hope you have fun using it! Happy baking!
Sources & references used in this article:
Sectional baking pans by DA Hinton, TM Montague, CF Lassiter – US Patent 6,619,193, 2003 – Google Patents
The best of the Brownies’ book by D Johnson-Feelings – 1996 – fokt.pw
Baking Pan Insert by B Kohnen – US Patent App. 14/021,140, 2015 – Google Patents