The revolutionary cast iron bread pan designed by bakers, for bakers. We crafted our bread pan to help you bake better bread every day! Bake bâtards, boules, demi-baguettes, and other loaves of almost any size. We pour and hand-season our pans in the United States, and Challenger handcrafts every step of the way just as your bread is handcrafted.
Once you start baking bread, you’ll be hooked. Good-bye to the factory-made bread that lines our grocery store shelves. Hello to a revolution in flavor and quality.
Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Your Challenger Bread Pan®:
- Shallow base: Loading your dough is easy.
- Sealed environment: Creates the perfect amount of steam.
- Top handles: Easily remove the cover mid-bake.
- Deep cover: Plenty of room for your oven spring.
- Exclusive: It’s the only pan of its kind!
Bring on the Heat
We made the Challenger out of thick, black cast iron because it is proven to absorb, retain, and radiate heat—just what your dough needs. We shaped the cover like a loaf of bread to bring radiant heat as close as possible to help your dough’s oven spring and bloom. It’s a self-contained oven within your oven so that it will not lose heat even when you open the oven to take the cover off. Finally, with handles large enough for oven mitts, you’ll easily load your dough, place and remove the cover, and safely remove your perfect loaf.
The Perfect Amount of Steam
Steam is what produces bread with crackling crust, rich colors, open scores, and full volume. The loaf bakers want! And we’ve all searched for videos of baking hacks that demonstrate how to add steam to home ovens—yet most of it escapes the minute the oven door opens. Therefore, we designed the Challenger to ensure a tight seal between the cover and the base, trapping the steam your dough needs while baking.
One Pan To Rule Them All
Small combo cookers yield small boules. Dutch ovens have bakers cutting elaborate parchment slings to lower dough without burning their hands (or degassing the dough!). Baking stones and steels require even more elaborate workarounds to create steam. Clay bakers crack. No more baking workarounds. The Challenger allows you to bake all your favorite breads. It’s easy to load and score your dough, and the sealed cover traps the steam you need. Your Challenger won’t crack. In fact, it will last for generations.