Pyrex Bake-a-Round Bread Pan

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation period, people are finding time for new hobbies. Baking bread has become a phenomenon that rivals the sliced bread craze of 1928, with grocery stores running out of flour and photos of freshly baked loaves trending on social media.  

Caption: Pyrex Bake-a-Round instructions.
Credit: WCMA, 2018.30.49.03.

Pyrex Bake-a-Round instructions

The Pyrex “Bake-a-Round” bread pan (WCMA, 2018.30.49.02), circa 1985, is a unique addition to the world of baking. The box comes compete with glass cylinder, wire rack and instruction sheet (along with a few recipes). After making your desired dough, place it in the greased cylinder and allow for the dough to rise. As the dough needs to be placed in the middle of the cylinder, the instructions suggest placing the dough on a piece of parchment paper to easily slide the dough into place.  

photograph of clear glass cylinder bread pan and wire rack, Wellington County Museum and Archives, 2018.30.49.02.

Caption: Pyrex Bake-a-Round glass cylinder bread pan and wire rack.
Credit: WCMA, 2018.30.49.02.

 

When the dough is ready, place the cylinder in the wire rack and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. The result is a nice round 1-1 ½ pound tube of bread.  

The wire rack is an invaluable partner to the glass cylinder, necessary to keep the cylinder steady during use, storage and baking. Removing the loaf from the cylinder can be a challenging task. Pyrex suggests loosening the loaf with a long-handled spatula then pushing from the opposite end.  

Although not on the market anymore, the Pyrex Bake-a-Round was a helpful tool to any home baker and a definite conversation piece.  

For more information on this artifact, please visit the online collections catalogue record link below.

WCMA online record          

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