Pullman loaf pans are responsible for creating the great bread we have all become accustomed to for making our sandwiches. Not consequently then it is also known as “sandwich loaf” or “pan bread.” The bread is square and the crust is very soft, almost non-existent. It is the most common type of loaf bread on the market today. The Pullman loaf pan supposedly gets its name from the resemblance it has to Pullman cars on trains. It is long and lidded, which gives the bread its distinctive look and texture. The lid is placed on the bread during the proofing process, but not until the bread has risen near the top of the loaf pan. The bread is then baked with the lid on. Unlike many breads and cakes, it is important to remove sandwich loaf from its pan immediately after it is taken out of the oven. It can then be placed on a rack to cool.
It is very important to note that not all Pullman pans come with the lids. Most of the photos and product names on our site will accurately describe whether the pan comes with a lid or not. You can still make an excellent sandwich bread without the lid, but for a true Pullman loaf, the lid is what counts.