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Tips & Tricks for Baking in Cast Iron

By: Lodge Cast Iron / August 28, 2020

Cast iron baking is more than the bakeware you use; it’s an experience and a relationship that will last beyond your lifetime. Here’s how to get started!

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Lodge's cast iron bakeware draws on 125 years of experience to work alongside you as you try, learn, laugh, taste, and create memorable moments. It won’t dent, bend, or warp at high temperatures and can handle sharp kitchen tools. This bakeware is cast to last because baking is about more than pretty results; it’s about making life delicious—for generations.

So sprinkle some new ideas. Fold in delicious twists. Mix up new creations today.

Prep your baking canvas

Lodge seasoned all bakeware in the foundry, making it easy to care for and ready to use. Before you bake, make sure to coat your cast iron with nonstick spray. Use a pastry brush to get the oil into the corners or sidewalls of your pan. We recommend using silicone brushes when you’re spreading oil on hot, preheated cookware. 

Another tip is to pair nonstick spray with flour and oil to help your baked goods release from the pan when you’re finished baking. 

Buy it: Baker’s Joy
DIY it: Use seasoning spray, then sprinkle a small amount of flour on top of the oil. 

Bake what you want, any way you want

Cast iron bakeware is the only bakeware that gets better with age.

Bonus: It can be used for so much more than dessert, like pizza, rolls, roasted foods, and quiches. 

Want a crispy crust? 
Preheat your cast iron bakeware before adding your batter or dough for crunchy edges on cornbread, pizza, and biscuits. 

Prefer a delicate crust? 
Add your batter for cakes, pies, and other soft baked goods directly into your room-temperature pan. No preheating needed!

Want to roast vegetables?
Preheat the baking pan, casserole, or baker’s skillet first. Toss your vegetables with olive oil, then add to the hot pan. You should hear a sizzle! This will deliver perfect crispy roasted veggies every time.

Feeling outdoorsy? 
Cast iron bakeware works in more places than just the oven! Use your cast iron bakeware on your grill or even over a campfire for an adventurous meal.

3 steps for great results every time

Cast iron retains heat really well. If you’re baking your favorite recipe in cast iron for the first time, keep in mind that it might brown quicker, so check your baked goods a few minutes before you think it might be done.

Pro Tip: To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is done. If batter sticks to the toothpick, return it to the oven for 5 minutes before rechecking.

It will come as no surprise that when cast iron comes out of the oven...it’s HOT! Run a butter knife around the edge of the baked good to loosen it from the bakeware walls. Then let it cool in the bakeware for about 5 minutes.

This baking term refers to removing your food from the pan, used most often with breads, cakes, or other foods you don’t want to keep in the cast iron. After your bakeware has cooled, grab the handles and turn it upside down over a cooling rack.

Pro Tip: Make sure breads are cooled completely before slicing.

Use it, then clean it

Some baked goods, like pies and quiches, make a lovely presentation when served in the cast iron bakeware. These few items can be stored (uncut) in the cast iron in the refrigerator. Typically, however, we don’t recommend storing baked goods in cast iron (especially ones that are moist!) as this can lead to rust.

How do I clean the bakeware?
It’s easy! Clean your bakeware in just three steps. After each use, hand wash, dry promptly, and apply a thin layer of cooking oil to the entire surface.

What about the grips?
Remove the silicone grips when washing and make sure that both the bakeware and grips are completely dry. Any moisture will cause rust. Also remove the grips when oiling your bakeware.

What if I have baked on food?
Pan scrapers and scrub brushes are great for cleaning sharp corners and hard to reach places, and can easily remove any baked-on food residue.

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