Cooler weather can easilty inspire baking. I'm thinking coffee cakes, lasagnas, brownies, roasted vegetables, cornbreads, baked pastas... And the right baking dish can make it more enjoyable and easier.
Our test kitchen just tried out Made In Cookware's 8x8" Square Baking Dish for our Graham Berry Bake recipe.
Here's what we'll cover:
Made In's Square Baking Dish has a 2.6QT capacity and is naturally non-stick. It's made in France from porcelain using a process that dates back over 200 years. It weighs in at 3 pounds, 13 ounces. Other features we like:
Oven safe to 650 degrees
Can go straight from freezer to oven
Other baking dish options:
Colors: Navy Rim, Slate Blue or Olive Green
Oval Baking Dish
Rectangular 9x13" Baking Dish
Another note about their baking dishes. They're co-designed with chef Nancy Silverton. She won the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award in 2014 and is known for mastering artisan breads, especially sourdough.
A quick recap on Made In the brand: Based in Austin, TX, it was founded in 2016 by 2 friends. The founders' family has a multi-generational kitchen supply background and history.
They sell exclusively and directly to the consumer, which means high-quality kitchenware can be purchased at reasonable prices.
Made In also has a Restaurant Supply Program and a Design Trade Program.
So how did the Square Baking Dish perform?
First, we have to give a shout out to the packaging. The box is designed specifically for the Baking Dish. The interior is made to cradle and protect the bakeware so it arrived secure and ready to use.
The dish felt strong, solid and durable. The handles made it super easy to transfer to-and-from the oven.
We witnessed even heat distribution which meant an evenly cooked Graham Berry Bake (recipe below). The corners and edges bubbled up perfectly, letting us know our dish was ready.
The French-made porcelain proved it's non-stick abilities. The sticky, gooey, delicious berries came right out and clean up was a breeze - just a little warm water and dish soap.
Overall, we give the design, feel and performance 5-stars out of 5. We honestly can't wait to test a small lasagna. Or maybe brownies. There's so many possibilities.
Should you give it a try? If you enjoy baking, you can't go wrong here. This baking dish will perform and bake and support your recipes with accuracy. This is also a great piece to start with if you're just getting to know the brand.
We also reviewed the Made In Serving Platter, which came out this year. You can read about it here.
2 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/3 cup sugar (coconut palm sugar or monkfruit sweetener work well, too)
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch (oat flour or potato starch can substitute)
Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
5 long graham cracker sheets, coarsely crushed
1 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 Tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine & evenly toss blueberries, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest & juice. Let stand 20 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and butter. Mix until all crumbs are saturated.
Transfer berry mixture to an 8" square baking dish. We like the Made In 8x8" Square Baking Dish, pictured. Bake 20 minutes.
Remove berry mixture from the oven and evenly coat the top with graham cracker topping. Return to oven and bake another 20 minutes. The fruit will show signs of bubbling.
Let cool 10 to 15 minutes and serve. (Top with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt or non-dairy whip topping).
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