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traditional v-shaped baking pans - Nfld - what are they used for?

Georgia Strait Sep 22, 2013 09:48 AM

hi - a question from the west coast - i was looking at a marine goods supplier website from Nfld - and they offer these v-shaped loaf pans --- what is the history and the usage? I have looked on internet but can't find any explanation - thank you in advance

The traditional Newfoundland and Labrador v-pans and bun cutters have been used for years in homes around the province. These items are of superior quality made in Newfoundland by a tinsmith exclusively for Mercer's.

there is a photo of them here -


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  1. cellophane_star RE: Georgia Strait Sep 23, 2013 07:14 AM

    I'm from St. John's... never seen these pans before. I can't even remember any baked goods in this shape.

    Now you've got me curious. i'm going to ask my Mom.

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    1. re: cellophane_star
      cellophane_star RE: cellophane_star Sep 23, 2013 02:25 PM

      My mom (lifelong Newfie baker) had no idea. I think Mercer's Marine may be embellishing how "traditional" these pans are.

      1. re: cellophane_star
        Georgia Strait RE: cellophane_star Sep 23, 2013 05:52 PM

        other than baking somewhat more evenly (as opposed to traditional loaf pan) - i cannot think what the advantage would be -

        thank you for checking with Mom - she knows ; )

    2. sandiasingh RE: Georgia Strait Sep 23, 2013 08:02 AM

      What a mystery. Nothing on google. Wonder if it has something to do with baking on a rockin' and rollin' ship?

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        mwright RE: Georgia Strait Sep 23, 2013 08:10 AM

        I didn't know what they were for either, but once I saw this photo it all became clear. I have seen tea loaves in a v-shape.

        1. sandiasingh RE: Georgia Strait Sep 23, 2013 09:32 AM

          I was very curious about this so emailed the people at Mercer's Marine. They tell me the V shape is decorative and is used for tea cakes and the like. I'm sure there is some history to it, but they were not able to tell me.

          Great question, OP!

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            Georgia Strait RE: Georgia Strait Sep 23, 2013 01:06 PM

            hello and thank you everyone - this is interesting.

            i initially wondered if it made it easier to slice the crusts OFF when making decorative tea sandwiches - but that doesn't really make sense does it - as it wastes more edge than a convential loaf would (we need an engineer to measure for us!)

            i'll keep looking here at CH to see if we can figure this out. Over and out from the west coast Pacific Ocean.

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            1. re: Georgia Strait
              sandiasingh RE: Georgia Strait Sep 24, 2013 10:15 AM

              Mercer's Marine only ships within Canada, not to the US.

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