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When it comes to the brand that is Pyrex I have to admit to being a really big fan of the stuff. I own quite a lot now thanks to Amazon.com and moving into a really big flat with a massive kitchen and plenty of cupboard space meant I could really start to cook!
I bought my loaf dish a while ago now and it cost me about £8.00 at the time. The size of mine is 9" x 5" x 3" and it is made of thick glass (Borosilicate) which is transparent and it is suitable for using in the oven, microwave, fridge and is freezer safe and its dishwasher safe too so really Pyrex is pretty versatile which is a reason I love and appreciate it so much, cos even if I drop it (which I have!) it hasn't smashed which is great for a clumsy clot like me believe me though this size of loaf dish is rather heavy.
To look at this is a transparent looking oblong...well loaf pan really. Its quite big, got a really nice depth to it and a lip around the two ends of it which is handy for taking it out of the oven or whatever.
I use my loaf pan for allsorts of things! I have baked cakes mainly in mine, I did try and make a loaf once and it wasn't very successful at all but I reckon that was more down to me than the dish to be perfectly honest with you!
I do like being able to see through it when using it, I find it simple to wash up after using it too and even though I have used mine often it stills looks as good as new and if your still not convinced this is a good buy you even get a 2 year guarantee with it, Pyrex are that confident!
Widely available and it gets a huge thumbs up from me but do shop about as there are a couple of sizes to choose from and there is a huge variation in prices!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have always been a big fan of Pyrex and have casseroles, plates, pie dishes, baking dishes, measuring jugs and my trusty loaf dish. It has been made by a company called Corning Inc since 1915 although I don't quite go back that far!
The loaf dish is glass although Pyrex also make a metal one too which surprised me as I thought all Pyrex products were glass - oh well, you live and learn don't you? I can't remember how much I paid for mine but they are currently available for between £6 and £7.
The loaf dish is available in two sizes - 28cm and 30cm. There is a small lip all the way round the top edge of the dish which makes it easy to lift in and out of the oven; this in turn makes it safer too.
The glass Pyrex is great to cook with as it is non porous and any flavours or smells are eliminated by washing the dish. By the way washing can be done by hand in the bowl or by using the dishwasher. As with all my other glass Pyrex it looks just as good now as it did on the day that I bought it.
Being transparent it is also easy to monitor the baking process and the toughened glass gives good heat conduction for even baking.
Pyrex is also very hard wearing and is fairly resistant to breakage. I have dropped Pyrex onto my carpeted kitchen floor without causing any damage but I don't think I would like to try it now I have a tiled floor as I think this might be enough to shatter it.
The dish can be heated in the oven up to 300 degrees centigrade and can also be put into the fridge or even the freezer. I also think that it is smart enough to serve from too.
I have used my own loaf dish to make Madeira cake, Bara Brith (well I do live in Wales!), lemon drizzle cake and others. I find that, providing I grease the dish well before use, the cakes always come out cleanly once cooked. They are always evenly baked and taste great.
So there you are an excellent cooking dish that works well, is durable, easy to clean and looks smart.
Incidentally a selection of this Pyrex would make a brilliant wedding present as it would be incredibly useful and it would last for many years!
Glass dish in 28cm or 30cm.