A flat pan with straight sides that, which is used for baking food in the oven.
Baking pans are used to hold batters, such as cake batter and thick solid masses of food, such as savory hot dish recipes. The foods are placed in the pan and the baked in the oven. Baking pans are available in a variety of sizes, materials, surface textures, and colors.
The surface of some pans will be made of a non-stick material that helps to keep foods from clinging to the pan after baking. Some pans will have an embossed or dimpled surface, which attempts to improve the airflow around the bottom of the food being baked.
Browned crusts will occur most effectively with pans that have a dark colored surface rather than reflective surfaces of shiny metal that reflect rather than fully absorb the heat. However, browning nicely may also be a factor of the materials used in the construction of the pan. When selecting a pan, one other consideration may be the value of having a pan that can provide two purposes, baking and serving. Foods are generally removed from metal pans in the kitchen and placed on plates while some of the stoneware, oven-safe glass or pottery dishes are taken to the table and used as serving dishes. Typical foods that are prepared in baking pans include: cakes, brownies, bars, cornbreads, lasagna, egg dishes, cobblers, potato dishes, meats, poultry, and fish