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~ The Pullman Bread Loaf and the Pullman Loaf Pan ~

6a0120a8551282970b026bdeced75c200cThe Pullman loaf is the quintessential white sandwich loaf. The name Pullman comes from its use in the kitchens of the Pullman Company's railway cars of the 1800s, and, the Pullman company is credited with inventing the rectangular-shaped lidded baking pans (which coincidentally resembled the shape of the railroad cars).  Baking bread in a pan with a lid is, functionally a bit different than baking bread in an open-topped pan, which, of course, affects the crumb structure. The confined space, which doesn't allow most of the steam to escape, prevents big air bubbles from forming, which keeps the crumb fine and tight, which renders it easy to slice thin, and, it keeps the crust to a minimum too. There's more. Because the Pullman loaf produces perfectly square slices, it's hands-down the bread-of-choice for making sandwiches, plus, the thin crust means there's very little waste when a perfect presentation requires trimming off the crust.

Pullman_LNER_255_CAR_NO_84_Pullman_Parlour_Third_built_1931Named for the Pullman Railway cars of the 1800s.

6a0120a8551282970b026bdececee7200cThe traditional Pullman loaf is an enriched white bread.  This means besides yeast and white flour, the dough is enriched with butter, sugar and salt, and, milk is often used in place of water.  The ratios of ingredients depend on the level of sweet or savory desired, at the discretion of the baker, but, only judicious amounts of each are used to keep the bread's signature mild, buttery flavor.  Once the dough is kneaded and proofed, it goes into the Pullman pan to rise again prior to sliding the lid on the pan and baking it in the oven.

~ How to Bake a Pullman Loaf in a Pullman Loaf Bread Pan ~:

6a0120a8551282970b0263e9a1852b200b"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy  of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2023)


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