Pullman Loaf Recipe

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Donna Currie

I recently picked up a pullman loaf pan. If you're not familiar with it, a pullman pan (also known as a pain de mie pan) has a lid. Rather than having the flared sides of a typical bread pan, this one has straighter sides.

The lid performs several different functions. First, it keeps the bread confined, which means it can't rise as much as it wants to. This affects the crumb structure; you won't get big bubbles.

Second, the bread comes out of the pan with a square top. It's actually pretty square all around. It makes nice sandwich bread and if you need to cut the crusts off for presentation, you won't have a lot of waste.

Third, since it cooks in that confined space, the steam from the cooking bread doesn't escape the way it does when you cook free-form, or even in an open pan.

Does everyone need a pullman pan? Probably not. But if you want this type of bread, having the right pan sure works a heck of a lot better than more, er, creative methods.

Recipe Details

Pullman Loaf Recipe

Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
Active 25 mins
Rising Time 90 mins
Total 2 hrs 25 mins
Serves 14 to 16 servings
Makes 1 loaf


  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

  • 1 cup (5 1/2 ounces) semolina flour

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 2 cups (9 ounces) bread flour

  • 1/2 cup white wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the water, semolina flour, honey, yeast, and bread flour. Stir to combine. Cover and set aside for 20 minutes.

  2. Add the white wheat flour, salt, and butter and knead with the dough hook attachment of your stand mixer until the dough is smooth and elastic. Flour your work surface lightly, and knead by hand briefly, then form the dough into a ball. Drizzle with olive oil and return it to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Turn out the dough and knead it briefly to knock out the large bubbles. Form it into a log about 13 inches long - to fit inside the pan. Place the log in the pan, seam-side down. Put the lid on the pan and set aside until the dough has risen to within about an inch of the top of the pan - about 40 minute (but you might want to check at 30 minutes, just in case).

  4. Bake until the loaf is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a rack before slicing.

Special Equipment

13 x 4 x 4 pullman pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
136 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 46mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)