Nordic Ware 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Loaf Pan
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Every holiday treat gets Santa's stamp of approval when you bake with our cast-aluminum pan, which turn out a festive quick bread crowned with St. Nick and his favorite reindeer. Cast construction ensures exceptionally clear detail, from the beautifully defined snowflakes to the reins in Santa's hand. The premium nonstick finish releases cleanly, with the image intact; simply drizzle the cooled loaf with glaze or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar to complete your dazzling dessert.
- Durable aluminum pan distributes heat quickly and evenly to promote even rising, uniform baking and a golden crust.
- Cast construction produces exceptionally precise, clear details in the baked treat.
- Premium nonstick interior ensures effortless release and cleanup.
- Use with any of our Williams Sonoma Quick Bread Mixes or your favorite recipe.
- Made in USA by Nordic Ware, a family-owned company famous for its fine bakeware since 1946.
- Sold separately or in a set with our Williams Sonoma Quick Bread mixes.
- Dimensions & More Info
- 10 1/4" x 6" x 3" high.
- 6-cup cap.
- Made in USA.
- Use & Care
- Before each use, wash pan with hot, soapy water.
- Oven safe to 400°F.
- Use only wood, silicone, plastic or other nonmetal utensils to avoid scratching the surface.
- For best results, brush pan with a nonstick baking spray with flour. Turn pan upside down and tap to remove excess flour. These steps will help ensure easy release and excellent pattern definition.
- When pouring in batter, begin with a small amount, making sure that the liquid fills in all of pan's details. Pour in remaining batter.
- To prevent overflow, do not fill more than 3/4 full.
- Gently tap pan on counter several times to release excess air bubbles from batter.
- After baking, cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- To unmold, tap pan firmly a few times. Invert onto a cooling rack and lift pan away.
- Allow cake to cool completely before decorating.
- Hand-wash. Dry thoroughly.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners such as metal scouring pads, as they can damage the surface.
- A soft sponge or kitchen brush will remove baked-on food particles. You may need to scrub lightly.
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- Gingerbread Cake Recipe
3 3/4 cups (15 oz./470 g) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
18 Tbs. (9 oz./280 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups (1 lb./500 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
3/4 cup (8 1/4 oz./260 g) molasses
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) water
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously butter the ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Cake Pan and dust with flour, or spray with Bak-Klene.
In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, add the eggs and egg yolks one at a time and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the speed to low, add the molasses and vanilla and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds.
With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture and slowly pour in half of the water. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and water. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat on medium speed for 10 seconds.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling it about three-fourths full, and smooth the top with a spatula. (You will have some batter left over.) Place the pan on a baking sheet. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. If the top begins to darken too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes, then turn the cake out onto the rack and let cool completely. Using a sharp knife, carefully trim the domed cake to create a flat surface. Decorate or frost as desired. Makes 1 cake.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by Cecelia29 from Help.. So this pan is sooo pretty but I’ve tried 3 different recipes in it and am struggling immensely to get a time and temp and recipe to work . I really want to love this pan ... but I need help . Anyone out there listening?Date published: 2018-12-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Patty from ‘Twas Pan I just tried my new pan for the first time. I was a little nervous after reading all these reviews however I am happy to report my bread turned out perfect. I made the WS gluten-free pumpkin chocolate chip mix. The consistency was a little thick so I was not for sure if it would fill in the holes well. I was pleasantly surprised. Would love to know some other recipes used that might be lighter color so that the design shows up better.Date published: 2018-12-03Rated 4 out of 5 by Kitchen Gal from Love the pan but didn’t get the recipe! I was hoping to get the gingerbread recipe that everyone was talking about w my pan. Could anyone share that?? The pan is beautiful but I have used non stick spray and tried 2 different breads and both times it didn’t come out comepletely in all the places. I will try getting the bubbles out next time and that might help. But I think the gingerbread might be the best recipe for this. Again the pan is beautiful & the quality is great, but for now can only give it 4 stars because I can’t get a loaf of bread to come out completely & they didn’t include the recipe. Help Williams & Sonoma!! Please post recipe!!Date published: 2018-10-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Poolgirl3 from Best Christmas pan ever! This Santa Nordic ware arrived in a timely fashion and is so much fun to have! The details definitely show up nicely and I was able to make gingerbread in this pan for each of my neighbors. They loved the design and wanted to know where I found a pan to do that detailed design!! I will be ordering another one as well as other Nordic ware now that I know how wonderful these pans are!Date published: 2017-01-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Anandasky from Creates an instant holiday tradition This lovely pan was a gift, along with the Williams Sonoma Spice Bread mix. It's now an instant holiday favorite and tradition for us! Thanks to all the tips in the reviews - it came out great. Best tip - lifting the pan up 1/2" and lightly dropping it about 20 times, allowing all the air to rise to the surface. Popping the bubbles with a fork and re-smoothing the surface made for this beautiful result! Plus the cake is delicious - can't wait to order more of the mix next year.Date published: 2016-12-29Rated 5 out of 5 by CookingwithSherri from Nordic Ware Loaf Pan I have used this pan several times since I purchased it. I made banana bread with walnuts and every time it came out nice. I use a silicon brush to get my Bakers Spray in all the nooks. Once the bread is done, it releases very nice from the pan after it has cooled for a few minutes. When you flip the bread, you have the nice design showing which makes it very festive. Thank you.Date published: 2016-12-12Rated 5 out of 5 by emilyjune from Makes for a beautiful cake I made a chocolate loaf with white frosting and crushed peppermint candy. I will make these for Christmas gifts. The details really show for a good presentation.Date published: 2016-12-01Rated 5 out of 5 by YorkieVilleMom from Santa on his way! Have not used this pan yet; however, I know the fine quality of Nordic Ware and am positive I will have excellent results when I do use it. Looking forward to making a deep chocolate cake and simple putting some white crystal sugar on top. Oh and maybe a Red Nose -you can guess where.Date published: 2016-10-01