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Best bundt pan? Is nordic ware too dark?

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i'm looking to buy a bundt pan, and was trying to decide between a cheap baker's secret pan or the nordicware one. The nordicware is quite dark (haven't seent he baker's secret one yet) and I am worried it will cause the cakes to brown too much? Is this silly? Is it a good pan to buy, and worth the money?

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  1. I've always had good luck with my nordicware.. love them.

    1. I have this Bundt pan from Williams-Sonoma:
      http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/b...

      W-S has several baking pans in their own line called Goldtouch--I have a few and like them a lot (round cake layer pan and muffin pan).

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      1. re: ChesterhillGirl

        I have a Williams-Sonoma one too -- the Heritage Bundt pan ( http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc... ). It works really well and I like the different look of it. Oh, and someone mentioned to me they thought my pan would be difficult to a) grease and b) clean; but neither of those is true. I use a pastry brush to grease it and it cleans quite easily.

        1. re: LNG212

          oh that's a pretty design!

      2. The NordicWare are not too dark in my experience ... however, you do need to be careful with the prep on the fancy shapes.

        1. IIRC, Cooks Illustrated like the NordicWare pans--browning is flavor, doncha know.

          And I like the Crisco spray with flour for prepping this type of pan.

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          1. re: coney with everything

            I use bakers joy spray with success as well. :)

          2. Don't use anything with lecithin to grease your non-stick pans. Make a mixture of crisco and flour or crisco and cocoa for chocolate cakes.

            Lecithin leaves a residue thet will eventually cause your nostick to stick. Bakers Joy has Lecithin, ie a smaller amount than a regular spray so it will take longer but it will biuld up and is a bugger to remove.