First there was metal. Then glass. Then silicone. And now…wood?? Leave it to the fabulous French to invent a product that not only works well in the oven, but has flair and style too. When shopping for this week’s finds I stumbled upon a most marvelous product from the Panibois Company located in Marcilly en Villette that fortunately has crossed the pond and now sits in my arsenal of baking pans.
These great looking baking molds are made of poplar veneer that withstand oven temperatures just as well as those pans you’ve been using for years. But oh how artisanal you’ll feel baking in one of these pans. Breads, brioches and cakes baked in these wooden baskets take on a most rustic and appealing look. You simply use the brown silicone paper enclosed for the basket; line the basket with it and add your favorite bread dough or cake batter. No more greasing and flouring or even spraying the pans. Your aromatic breads lift out instantly from the basket ready to slice and serve. And to boot, you’ll feel good about using these pans as they are 100% biodegradable.
These attractive wooden baskets are even their own gift basket. I mean, how often do you give your crappy looking metal loaf pans away? With the PaniBois PaniMold natural wood baskets, your breads will look tres chic!
ORANGE MACADAMIA NUT BREAD
makes 1 loaf
3 cups all purpose flour ( or use half whole wheat flour if desired)
2/3 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
zest of 1 medium orange
1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the silicone liner to the PaniBois PaniMold baking pan.
2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and orange zest.
3. In another bowl, mix together the orange juice, oil and egg. Mix well.
4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the orange juice mixture and mix well, but do not overbeat. Batter will be lumpy. Fold in the nuts and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Remove the pan form the oven and let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Invert the pan to release the bread form the mold. Or wrap colored plastic wrap around the basket, tie with a pretty ribbon and give to those you love!
All photographs courtesy of Olga Berman from Mango & Tomato.