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I recently bought two Lodge cast iron skillets of the same size. Both were 10.25-inch pans, and both came pre-seasoned. One had a longer handle and was from the classic collection and the other was part of the bakeware collection. The Lodge cast iron skillet review I am doing here is the one from the bakeware collection.
Product: 10.25 inch Baker’s Skillet
Price: see Target
Weight: 4.14 lbs.
Volume: 0.15 qt.
Great for: Baking
Cleaning: hand wash, dry, add a thin coat of cooking spray or oil
The Difference Between the Classic Skillet and the Baker’s Skillet
|Lodge 10.25 inch cast iron skillet||Classic||Baker|
|Seasoned with 100% vegetable oil||Yes||Yes|
|Excellent heat retention and even heating||Yes||Yes|
|Handles||one longer easy grip and one loop||two loop|
|Weight||5.34 lbs.||4.14 lbs.|
|Volume||0.20 qt.||0.15 qt.|
|Recommended us on, in, over||Stove, oven, grill, campfire||Oven only|
|Recommended use for||Sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry, grill||Bake|
|Recommended use on induction cooktops||Yes||No information|
As you can see, there are quite a few similarities but also some differences between the two skillets. It would appear that the baker’s skillet can’t do anything that the classic skillet doesn’t do. That is true.
So why would I buy a baker’s skillet? I will tell you my reason, but it may sound silly. I wanted a round pan with loop handles. That’s the reason. I had no idea it would weigh less or that I might not be able to use it anywhere besides the oven. Do I regret it? Not at all.
I like to bake, and it is nice having a skillet just for baking. That it weighs less is an added benefit and as I said, I also bought a classic 10.25-inch skillet. I am glad I have both.
What I Like and Don’t Like About the Baker’s Skillet
There are several reasons why I like the baker’s skillet. When I ordered it, I thought it would be nice to have a round pan with loop handles and a round skillet with an easy-grip handle, and one assist loop handle. That is what was going through my mind.
At the time, the only cast iron skillet I owned was a square 10X10 pan that had come unseasoned. I was washing it after breakfast and often using it again at dinner. Sometimes I wished I had more than one skillet to make two different things at the same time. And I was experimenting with desserts and making cornbread. I also thought it would be nice to have a round skillet.
I had no idea it would weigh less. When I first picked it up, my thought was, “Whoa, this is light compared to my other skillets.” And for the many reasons I like having the baker’s skillet, that may be the number one difference I enjoy; even more than having the loop handles and being round. Another reason I like this skillet has less to do with having a baker’s skillet and more to do with having another skillet.
Here are a few reasons I like the baker’s skillet:
- I have a pan strictly for baking, especially desserts or cornbread
- It came preseasoned, and I didn’t have to worry about seasoning it in the oven before I used it
- This pan is a good size for the things I want to make in it
- It has the benefits of cooking in cast iron
- I like that it’s round
- It has loop handles
- It’s lightweight (which I have already mentioned as the #1 reason I like my baker’s skillet)
Here’s a couple of things I don’t like about the baker’s skillet:
- I wouldn’t feel comfortable using it anywhere besides the oven, even though others have said they do or would
- That limits how I will be able to use this pan
- This skillet could not be my only one
That’s as close to a negative that I could find. Although I’m not overly bothered by the negatives since I have other cast iron skillets, I probably wouldn’t buy the baker’s skillet if I only had one.
What Others Are Saying
You have heard why I like having the baker’s skillet and what I don’t like, but what are others saying?
I read a few reviews from Target, and this is what people said:
One person is thrilled with the pan. They used it to make a pan pizza and said it didn’t stick. They gave it 5 stars.
Another person who hadn’t used their baker’s skillet yet, liked it because it fit nicely inside their dutch oven for storage and the silicone grips had interlocking grips that fit perfectly on the loop handles. This person said they would use their skillet on the grill and in the oven to bake cobbler and deep-dish pizza. They also gave this pan a 5-star rating.
Someone else liked that the pan worked great for baking rolls, and they used it as a frying pan as well–another 5-star rating from this person.
Overall, this looks like a great skillet with high marks. However, I was surprised that no one mentioned the lighter weight as that is what I found most remarkable.
It’s also nice that you can get grips for handling it while it’s hot. At our house, my husband uses the grips, but I continue to use my oven mitts.
Some of the more popular uses of this baking dish, and according to what others said, are deep-dish pizza, cobbler, and rolls. I started using mine by baking a chocolate chip skillet cookie.
A Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- 6 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp butter (1 Stick)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 12 oz bag chocolate chips
- Melt 6 Tbsp butter in a 10.25-inch cast iron skillet until bubbly
- Pour melted butter into a large bowl
- Add the other 2 Tbsp of butter and stir until melted
- Whisk in both sugars, vanilla, and salt until combined
- Whisk in the egg for 30 seconds, wait 3 minutes and whisk again–do this two more times
- In a small bowl, combine flour and baking soda
- Add the flour to the butter mixture and stir until combined
- Mix in the chocolate chips
- Put the dough back in the skillet and bake for 14-16 minutes
- Cool 10 minutes
I have now done a Lodge cast iron skillet review on the 10.25-inch baker’s pan. I’ve shown you how it’s the same and how it is different from the classic cast iron skillet of the same size. I’ve told you what I like about this pan and what I don’t. You’ve heard what others are saying. The main con is it’s not as versatile as the classic skillet, and therefore if I could only have one skillet, I wouldn’t get the baker’s skillet. But as an additional skillet, I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I love my baker’s skillet.