Last Updated on April 30, 2022
If you have an incredible bread recipe but want to make a mini bread loaf recipe, then this tutorial is for you! We'll look at 4 easy ways you can do it!
These techniques will allow you to use recipes that you already know and love. you don't have to sacrifice quality or spend hours trying and testing new ones. All our steps are easy, even if some of them require a little bit of extra work. So, are you ready to learn this incredibly handy skill?
What Is A Mini Bread Loaf Recipe?
First, let's look at exactly what a regular bread loaf pan is before discussing the mini version of it. A bread loaf pan, also simply known as a bread pan, is a universal term used for rectangular loaf pans used specifically for baking bread.
These pans give bread the traditional rectangular loaf shape without you having to shape hours shaping or molding the dough. The pans vary a lot in size. The two most popular sizes for making loaves of bread include a 9x5-inch pan and an 8 ½ x 4 1/x-inch pan. the difference in size may seem minute, however, it adds up to roughly a 15% capacity difference.
So, a mini bread loaf pan is, obviously, a mini pan. A mini loaf pan measures 5 ¾ x 3 ¼-inch. It will hold roughly 2 cups (500ml) of water. You also do get even smaller loaf pans, but these aren't traditional. They are more often used to make mini cakes instead of bread.
Now, if you ever come across a mini bread loaf recipe, you can immediately assume that the recipe has been specifically designed to fill one mini loaf pan. This recipe will create a perfect mini loaf so that you don't have to adjust your regular recipe at all!
What makes a mini bread loaf recipe unique?
As we have mentioned, a mini bread loaf recipe has already been adapted from a regular recipe to perfectly fit into a mini loaf pan. You don't need to divide the bread dough, you don't need to make the recipe smaller - you can simply make and bake your bread.
Here are a few fun and interesting facts about mini bread loaf pans. Keep these on hand - they will make it a lot easier to change your regular recipe into a mini bread loaf recipe.
- One traditional mini loaf pan (5 ¾ x 3 ¼-inch) can hold 2 cups of liquid.
- You only fill a mini loaf pan about two-thirds of the way. This means that your dough or batter will only fill 333ml in volume.
- Mini loaves will bake for a shorter amount of time. This is because they are smaller and will completely bake much more quickly.
- One regular loaf can make roughly 3 mini loaves from a single average loaf recipe.
How To Turn A Regular Bread Recipe Into A Mini Bread Loaf Recipe?
Now, if you aren't working with a mini bread loaf recipe but you want to use a mini loaf pan, there are a couple of ways to alter the original recipe. Some of these techniques are a lot easier than others, but they all will work great.
1. Divide the dough
This is arguably the easiest way to make a mini loaf from a regular loaf. As we have mentioned above, you can make roughly 3 mini loaves from a single regular loaf recipe. This way, you don't have to look for a specific mini bread loaf recipe or make major alternations.
The best and most accurate way to do this is by weighing your dough. First, make sure that your scale is calibrated to zero. Then, weigh the dough as-is and divide that number by 3 (three).
Using a sharp pastry knife or dough cutter, slice the dough into three roughly equal-sized pieces. Then, add more dough or take some away until you have three perfectly uniform pieces of dough.
Now, you simply have to bring them together, shape the dough as needed, and allow it to proof inside of your mini bread loaf pan.
2. Make a smaller recipe
Seeing as you now know one recipe makes three mini loaves, you can also divide the recipe into thirds (if you only want to make one mini loaf).
There are two downsides to this technique. The first is that it will take you a little bit of time, but not loads. You can easily make the alternations in 5 minutes. The second is that not all ingredients can be divided into 3 equal pieces, for example, whole eggs or lemons.
So, if a recipe calls for 2 whole beaten eggs, the best way to divide it by three is to whisk them together. Then, weigh this beaten mixture and divide it into thirds. The same goes for other ingredients like this.
3. Adjust the baking temperature
When finally making the loaf, we like to slightly lower the baking temperature. Most bread loaves bake at 350ºF (180ºC). But, for the mini loaves, we like to bake them at 320ºF (160ºC).
This way, your loaf will bake slower and won't overbake at a high temperature. And, you may not even have to adjust the baking times by a lot!
4. Adjust the baking times for the mini bread loaf recipe
A general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to adjusting the baking times of a mini bread loaf recipe is to lower the overall baking time by 20-25%.
So, if the original recipe calls for a loaf to be baked for 30 minutes, then the mini loaf only has to bake for 24 minutes. This is when you have kept the baking temperature the same. If you lower the temperature, the baking time won't lower as much.
Wrapping It Up
As you can see, it is incredibly easy to adjust any bread recipe to a mini bread loaf recipe. You don't have to search for hours on end for one that works! If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments below! And, you can share these with family or friends so they can also make delicious mini bread loaves!
What can I use mini loaf pans for?
You can use these pans to make delicious mini bread loaves. This way, you can experiment with different recipes on a smaller quantity. Furthermore, you can make mini individual cakes or unique muffins.
How to adjust quick bread recipe using mini loaf pan?
You can either divide the recipe by three to make one individual mini loaf. Alternatively, you can make the full recipe and simply divide the batter or dough into three. Now, you can bake three mini loaves from a single recipe. You will also have to either lower the temperature or reduce the baking time of a mini loaf.
How many cups of batter are in a mini loaf pan?
One standard-sized mini loaf pan will hold 2 cups of batter or dough. A traditional mini loaf pan measures at 5 ¾ x 3 ¼-inch.
How many mini loaves are in a regular loaf?
One regular loaf will hold up to 3 mini loaves. However, this is only when the recipe makes a standard 9x5-inch bread loaf. Furthermore, your mini loaf pan needs to be 5 ¾ x 3 ¼-inch in size.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.