What Is A Springform Pan? Plus 4 Delicious Recipes

January 5, 2023
by Christine Devereaux

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If you are new to baking or have always relied on simple tools and baking trays for cookies, then it makes sense you don’t know what a springform pan is.

Even those who know what a springform pan is might have never used it or others who know how to use it might be looking for new ways to use them.

No matter what your case is, we are here to answer your questions about springform pans, so keep reading below to find out more about this piece of baking equipment and a few delicious recipes to try.

What Is A Springform Pan?

A springform pan is an item of kitchenware that comes in a round shape with a base and a uniform round side that is easy to remove from the base.

It is typically used to bake desserts like cakes and cheesecake, but it can also be used instead of a baking tray to make a quiche or a deep-dish pizza.

Its round form and removable sides make it perfect for preparing such baked goods that you can then serve just on the base.

It is thus used to give a round form to a cake and then remove the sides without having to invert or lift it out like a standard baking pan, which would destroy the cake in one way or another.

What Should I Look For When Purchasing A Springform Pan?

To make sure that the cake batter or pizza dough you want to bake in the oven won't start leaking from the sides, you need to get a springform pan that is tight and solid between the sides and base.

Sometimes, the pans that weigh more are made of more sturdy material and have a better leak-proof capacity, so you can always weigh them in your hands or check the packaging information to see how much they weigh.

Moreover, before you head to the store to buy your springform pan, do some online research to see which ones have the best reviews and highest ratings.

If you are buying it online, you can check for pans on Amazon and filter the results to get the ones with the highest ratings.

In both cases, look for reviews that give feedback on the leak-proof capacity of the pans and their efficiency at baking, as well as how non-stick they are (in case you want something like that).

When Should You Use A Springform Pan?

When it’s your first time using a springform pan, everything in life starts making sense. As we’ve already mentioned, this pan can be used to make round cakes, pies, and other baked goods.

You can even make casseroles and oven-baked omelets in it but avoid going completely off the rails and ending up using the pan for all the baking recipes you decide to try out.

The purpose of a springform pan is to help you make a round cake or any other baked good that usually comes in a round form – think of cherry pies, quiches, cheesecakes, and so on – without you damaging it when removing it for the baking tray.

A berry cake in a springform pan

When Should I Avoid Using A Springform Pan?

On the other hand, you should avoid using your springform pan for baking recipes that call for a water bath.

Placing your springform pan on a tray filled with water will eventually result in your batter leaking from the sides.

Especially when your batter is thinner than average, it is very easy for it to leak, regardless of whether you wrap it in aluminum foil or add only a small amount of it.

Recipe Ideas That Use A Springform Pan

Here are a few of our favorite recipes you can use your springform pan for that are bound to be crowd-pleasers.

Classic New York Cheesecake

To make the perfect New York cheesecake you will definitely need a springform pan.

This delicate white dessert is a classic one, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it once you buy the right pan.

Thanks to the springform pan, you can remove the sides and get a round and delicious cheesecake that will be baked to perfection.

To make it, you will need the classic ingredients used for a cheesecake base – graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar – and the classic filling ingredients like cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and eggs, among others.

When serving and after you’ve removed the sides, you can either place the cheesecake on a platter or serve it on the pan’s base.

Broccoli, Ham, And Cheddar Deep-Dish Quiche

You can make any quiche you want in a tart pan or baking tray, but if you want to make a deep-dish quiche with a rich filling, then you need to try this one.

Baked inside a springform pan, this savory quiche has broccoli, ham, cheddar, heavy cream, and, of course, many eggs.

Covered with foil and baked for around 2 hours, this quiche needs to cool for half an hour once it’s out of the oven and then enjoyed warm, at room temperature, or even cold the next day!

Deep-Dish Cherry Pie

If you love the crust and especially the one pies have, then this cherry pie will become your favorite meal of the day, regardless of whether you have it as a dessert or for breakfast with your coffee or tea.

With a homemade crust made with 4 easy ingredients everyone has in their kitchen cupboard, this pie is fresh and crispy on the outside, with a soft and juicy cherry filling on the inside.

Deep-Dish Pizza

A deep-dish pizza can be baked in a springform pan to keep all the cheesy goodness intact and come out round and wholesome.

To make it, you can follow this recipe’s instructions and make a homemade pizza dough that you can then fill with toppings like mushrooms, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce.

The Bottom Line

A springform pan is the perfect piece of kitchen equipment that can help you bake perfectly round cakes, quiches, and deep-dish pizzas.

It is an extremely useful pan that you should certainly consider buying if you don’t already have one!

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About the Author
Christine Devereaux is a style and gear junkie. She loves the outdoors and picking out clothing and home goods for her husband, son and dog.
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