How To Stop Bread From Sticking To The Pan

There’s nothing more frustrating than going to all the effort of bread baking only to find it sticks to the baking pan.

Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent bread sticking to corners of the baking pan, read on for some tip tips. 

Drop The Pan On The Worktop

Believe it or not, one of the easiest ways to stop bread from sticking to the baking pan is by dropping the pan on the worktop.

Dropping the baking pan dislodges any stubborn bread from sticking to the pan’s surface, making it easy to then remove bread without leaving a mess.

To perform this method, carefully hold the pan and drop it from a short height onto the worktop. You don’t need to throw or drop it with too much force, as this can damage the pan or the bread inside.

Simply drop it gently and let the impact help to loosen any stubborn bread that may have stuck to the pan’s surface.

It’s essential to note that you should only proceed with recipes using this method if the bread has cooled down.

Handling hot pans can be dangerous and may cause burns or injury. Once the bread has cooled down, you can proceed with the method.

Dropping the pan on the worktop is a quick and straightforward solution to prevent bread from sticking to the pan.

However, if the bread is still stuck, it is time to proceed with step two to ensure that your now baked bread goodies come out of the pan effortlessly and with a perfect shape.

Bake Your Bread Longer

If you find that your bread is still sticking to the pan, an effective method to prevent this is by baking the bread for a few extra or five minutes each.

This gives the bread a chance to release any moisture and steam that might be causing it to stick to the pan.

To do this, add about 5-10 minutes to the recommended baking time for your bread recipe. Keep an eye on the bread during this additional time to ensure that it doesn’t overcook.

You can also try using parchment on the bottom element of your oven for baking your bread, as this will help to create a crispy crust and prevent the baked bread from sticking to the pan.

If you’re baking multiple loaves at once and notice that one is sticking more than the others, try moving the baking pans all around in the oven.

This will help distribute the heat evenly between baking pans and ensure that all of the loaves bake to perfection.

It’s important to check the internal temperature of your bread before removing it from the oven to ensure that it’s fully cooked.

The internal temperature of quick bread should reach at least 190°F (88°C) for yeast bread and 200°F (93°C) for quick breads.

This will not only prevent the bread from sticking to the pan, but it will also ensure that the bread is safe to eat.

Turn The Loaf Pan Upside Down

If you find that your bread is still stuck to the pan, even after following the previous steps, don’t worry. Turning the loaf pan upside down is another effective method of fixing the sticky situation.

Start by removing the two loaf pans from the oven using oven mitts.

Then, using a folded-up paper towel (to avoid burning your hands), securely hold the loaf pan and turn it upside down so that the base is facing the top heating element in your oven.

Wait for a few minutes and allow the bread to cool before removing the pan from the oven to allow the heat to transfer to the top of the bread.

Be sure to use an oven mitt to protect your hands from the heat.

Next, lift the loaf pan carefully and allow the bread to fall onto a wire rack. If necessary, use a blunt knife to loosen the sides or bottom of the bread gently.

This method is especially useful if the bread is almost cooked but it still sticks to the pan, as it allows the bread to finish cooking while detaching from the pan easier.

By turning the pan upside down, heat is evenly distributed, allowing the bread to slide out smoothly.

Now that your bread has been baked and successfully removed from the pan, allow it to cool on the wire rack before slicing and serving.

How To Stop Bread From Sticking To The Pan

Don’t Add Too Much Yeast To Your Dough

One important tip to keep in mind when making bread is to not add too much yeast to your dough.

While yeast is essential for bread to rise and develop a fluffy texture, adding too much can have some negative consequences, including sticking to the pan.

When you add too much yeast to your dough, it can cause the bread to rise too high and get too close to the top heating element in the oven.

This can result in an underbaked bread at the base and a sticky mess that won’t easily release from the pan.

To prevent this, it is important to add the appropriate amount of yeast based on your bread recipe and take into account the temperature and humidity of your kitchen.

Following the recipe instructions carefully and measuring your yeast precisely can help ensure that you don’t add too much yeast to your dough.

By keeping in mind the proper yeast amount and ensuring that you don’t add too much oil, you can help prevent your bread from sticking to the pan and ensure that your bread comes out perfectly baked, fluffy and delicious.

Use A Palette Knife

In case your bread still sticks to the pan, you can use a palette knife or a butter knife to help release it.

A palette knife can be a useful tool to gently loosen the sides of the bread from the pan without damaging the tin.

To use the palette knife, carefully push the blade towards the bread, not the pan, to avoid scratching the tin.

Be cautious not to push too hard or fast as this may cause damage to the tin. Slowly work the knife around the edges, gently prying the bread away from the tin and pan.

If the loaf still won’t release, it may be stuck to the foil or base of the tin. In this case, baking the bread for a bit longer can help it release from the tin.

How To Stop Bread From Sticking In The First Place

Bread-making can be a daunting task, especially when you’re left with dough and bread stuck on to your bread pan.

That’s why it’s essential to know how to bake bread, to prevent sticky situations in the first place. Here are some effective methods to stop bread from sticking to the pan.

1. Parchment Paper

A piece of parchment paper can create a non-stick barrier between the dough and the baking pan.

To use the parchment paper simply cut the paper to the size of your pan’s bottom, place it into the greased pan before baking. 

When the bread is done baking, gently remove the loaf from the pan, and the parchment paper will come off easily. Additionally, using bread pans with a non-stick coating also helps.

2. Fat Coating

Another effective way to reduce stickiness is by coating the bread pan with a layer of solid vegetable oil, shortening, butter, flour, or non-stick spray, although if you don’t have these items you can use olive oil or another type of grease made of cooking oil. 

Make sure to cover all the sides of the pan with a thin layer of the oil or grease to ensure a proper non-stick layer.

This method can be used for yeast bread, quick bread, sweet bread, and zucchini bread, and it will help the dough release from the pan with ease.

3. Adjust Oven Temperature

Temperature plays a crucial role in how your bread turns out. When baking bread, make sure to follow the recipe’s instructions carefully.

However, if you notice your bread is sticking to the pan, reducing your oven temperature can help.

Lowering the oven temperature will slow down the bread’s baking process, allowing it to cook more evenly, reducing stickiness.

4. Rising Agents

Rising agents such as yeast and baking powder can affect your bread texture and stickiness.

It’s essential to use the right amount according to your bread recipe’s instructions. Adding too much raising agent can cause the dough to over-rise, spilling over the bread pan’s sides and sticking to it.


Bread sticking to the pan is a common issue for amateur bakers. But by following these tips and tricks, you can prevent your bread from sticking to the pan and enjoy delicious, fluffy loaves with ease.

From parchment paper to fat coatings, adjusting oven temperature, and using the right amount of rising agents, these methods will ensure that your bread comes out perfectly cooked every time.

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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