The Essential Baking Pans Everyone Needs
Looking to restock your kitchen or build your collection of gear from scratch? These are the must-have baking pans that every cook and baker needs to have on hand.
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Is there anything this pan can’t do? A good 13×9 pan is exactly what you need to bake up weeknight casseroles, big-batch desserts and simple, yet delicious cakes. We’re partial to our Taste of Home 13×9 baking pan but there are lots of great options to bake with (and it never hurts to have a spare).
From cookies to sheet pan dinners, a great baking sheet is a kitchen MVP. Good cookie sheets like these from Taste of Home are worth stocking up on, especially if you’re an avid baker. You’ll need multiple trays going in and out of the oven when holiday cookie baking season comes around! Prefer to work in large batches? Try the oversized baking sheet
Whether you enjoy easy, no-bake pies, pies with gorgeous crusts or even an easy quiche for weekend brunch, you’ll need a pie pan to get the job done. This stoneware pie dish is a go-to in our Test Kitchen. Not only does the decorative edge make for a pretty display, but it also has notches cleverly etched in the side so cutting even slices is a cinch.
Cast Iron Pan
Cast-iron pans are the powerhouses of the kitchen. They’re durable, practical and can last for generations. They also are musts for whipping up skillet dinners on hectic weeknights, rustic desserts and everything in between. Grab Grandma’s skillet out of storage or invest in one of your own. You’ll find yourself using this pan nearly every time you cook.
Diving into the homemade bread game? Better grab a loaf pan or two. You can use these pans for basics like a good yeast bread or sweet and savory quick bread recipes. You can’t go wrong with either one.
Round Cake Pan
Making a birthday cake? Better grab your round cake pans. These rounds are what you need to make the layers of these towering bakes. A nine-inch, nonstick pan is just what you need to make these treats.
Sometimes we don’t have the time or patience to make a multi-layer cake but still want a gorgeous presentation. That’s where Bundt pans come in. These decorative pans create stunning bakes but without the hassle of decorating. There are plenty of pretty options out there, but our Test Kitchen recommends a basic Bundt pan to get started.
A muffin pan is good for so much more than muffins and is a must-have in any kitchen. Make muffins for breakfast, cupcakes for your next party, breakfast bites, dinner rolls—the options are seemingly limitless! It’s worth snagging one (or two) pans for all these bakes. Try this one from Taste of Home or go mini if you prefer your treats bite-sized.