Standard Bread Sizes in Pans and Automatic Bread Machines

Bread Pans

Wouldn’t it be nice if the bread pans and automatic bread machines all used the same measurements for loaf sizes.  I know I would love it but they use two different systems.  Even with the traditional bread pans, there really is not a standard.  Sure most pans are rated in the amount of flour used for a proper loaf, but some manufactures choose to use volume of the pan as their indicator.  Which is a much different numbers.

How are bread pans measured?

Generally you will see the length  x  width  x height.  The measurements should be inside the pan at the top.  When you take into consideration the tapered sides, you can see why it could be hard to determine how large the pan really is.  But all is not lost.  Why, yeasts bread rise and they will rise above the pan and over it if given the chance.  Unlike cakes which will overflow, breads will try to hold their shape.

I put together a chart below listing the most common bread pan sizes I found.  I did not include height as one of my measurements.  Just length and width.  I also tried to list how much flour goes into each pan.  This is not the same as the amount of dough.  This only represents the average amount of flour in the loaf.  Next is the typical loaf weight followed by the weight of the dough you place into the pan.  (Remember in the baking process the bread will lose 10 to 20% of its weight in water evaporation.  This is not a golden rule, just a general rule I follow.  The only precise way is to make a bunch of test loaves and measure for yourself.)  Hope this helps you out some.  This information has not been verified by actual measurement by me.

  • Pan Length x Pan Width – (typical cups of flour) typical loaf size – scale xx ounces


  • 5-3/8-inch x 3-1/8-inch – (3/8 pound flour) 1/2 pound loaf – scale 10.3 ounces
  • 5-1/2-inch x 3-inch – (3/8 pound flour) 1/2 pound loaf – scale 10.3 ounces


  • 6-inch x 3-inch – (1-1/3 cups flour)2/3 pound loafscale 12 ounces


  • 7-1/2-inch x 3-1/2-inch – (3 cups flour)1 pound loafscale 18 ounces


  • 8-inch x 4-inch – (3 cups flour)1-1/4 pound loafscale 22 ounces
  • 8-1/2-inch x 4-1/2 inch – (3 cups flour)1-1/4 pound loafscale 22 ounces


  • 9-inch x 5=inch – (4 cups flour)1-3/4 pound loafscale 30 ounces


  • 10-inch x 4-1/2-inch – (5 1/2-6 cups flour)2 pound loafscale 36 ounces
  • 10-inch x 5-inch – (6 cups flour) 2 pound loafscale 36 ounces


  • 12-inch x 4-inch – (8 cups flour) 3 pound loafscale 52 ounces
  • 12-inch x 4-1/2-inch – (8 cups flour) 3 pound loaf scale 52 ounces


  • 13-inch x 4-inch pullman pan with lid – (6 cups flour) 1-1/2 pound loaf scale 27 ounces
  • 16-inch x 4-inch pullman pan with lid – (8 cups flour) 2 pound loaf scale 52 ounces

Does the construction of the bread pan matter?

There are all kinds of material you can bake in.

  • Glass – Generally glass has a poor heat transfer.  Expect loaves to be on the light crust side.
  • Silicone – Available in many different shapes and sizes.  I have not cooked in silicone.  From what I have read, it bakes with a light crust and you should always bakes it on a supporting pan.
  • Metal – What can I say here.  There are so many different types of metal pans out there.  Some have non-stick coatings to aid in removal.  Other are just plain metal.  From shinny to a dark color.  Shinny pans tend to bake lighter loaves while darker pans tend to baker darker crusts.  Coatings aid in removal. (So does  coating of grease or non-stick pan release.)
  • Disposable Paper/cardboard – Special paper/cardboard designed to be baked in one time.
  • Disposable Bake-able Plastic – Designed to be baked in once.  Not safe for all temperatures.  You have read and follow instructions to make sure you back with the time and temperatures allowed.
  • Disposable Aluminum Foil Pans – Available in many different sizes.  From small to large.  This is great is you will be baking the bread for resale.  And you want to give away your pan or you do not want clean up.
  • Pottery and ceramic pans and molds – Similar to glass.
  • Other Items people bake bread in
    • Coffee cans – #10 size cans – Coffee cans see to be going away with all the plastic bottles now being used.  Some older recipes call for the use of cans.
    • Specialty Molds and pans – special pantone pans etc.
    • Pots – Sometimes you want to make a traditional old time loaf which is much larger than anything you have. A pot with oven safe handles can work.  My Baba used to bake a Ukrainian bread in a pot.  It ended up being a large loaf.  The memories.



Automatic Bread Machine Sizes

Now that we have reviewed standard bread pan sizes.  Lets move on to automatic bread machines.

As you recall most bread pans are sized by the amount of flour for a recommended sized loaf.  Well bread machines must of wanted to seem larger so they decided to rate themselves on the size of the finished loaf.

The majority of the bread machines out there produce a 1-1/2 to 2 pound loaf. Sure there are some than can make a 3/4 pound loaf or a larger 2-1/2 or 3 pound loaf but they are not the norm.

You may be asking why am I sharing this information, well there may be a time when you do not want to bake the finished loaf in the bread machine.  I always hated the hole left from the paddle in the loaf and some of the loaf sizes were odd sizes.  Too big to fit in the toaster slot.  So unless you have a toaster oven you either flipped the slice end for end to get both the top and bottom halves toasted and then you had the over toasted center.  Such is life.  So I decided to start baking off my bread in the oven.  But you need to what what pan size is best.  Hope with the information above and the bread machine loaf size information below this helps you out.

  • 3/4 pound loaf – Generally a recipe with 1 to 1-1/3 cups of flour.
  • 1 pound loaf – Generally this recipe has 2 cups of flour in it.
  • 1-1/2 pound loaf – around 3 cups of flour.
  • 2 pound loaf – usually 4 to 4-1/4 cups of flour
  • 2-1/2 pound loaf – usually 4-1/2 to 5 cups of flour
  • 3 pound loaf – usually 5 to 5-1/2 cups of flour.

These are only general guides. All machines are different just like all recipes are different. Also double check with your manual if you intend to bake your bread in the machine. If you are just making the dough in the machine you have more lead-way..


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