In the middle of June , I saw this post on TheKitchn.com which mentioned that they had seen a glass tube for sale on Etsy that was made to cook tube shaped loaves of bread. I thought it was pretty awesome frankly and showed it to Amber and mentioned “Hey, if you ever see one of these, pick it up for me”.  The $27 one ($15 + $12 shipping) on Etsy had already sold. I figured it would be quite awhile before another one came our way. Well, just a couple of weeks later Amber, very excited I might add, told me she had a surprise. It was a Pyrex Bake-a-Round tube, in the box with the instructions. She found it at the thrift store for only a couple of dollars. I’m not sure it has ever been used. I’ve just been waiting for a stay-at-home weekend to try it out.

Apparently Corning made and sold these 20″ long tubes in the 1970′s. The date on my instruction sheet is June 1977.  Most of the posts say they were really popular and everyone had one “back in the day”. But, since they only sold them for a few years, I’d guess they weren’t really that popular.  It came with a full two year warranty, not that it will do me any good now.

The Bake-a-Round instruction sheet comes with a number of bread recipes (you can download a PDF of the instructions I created below).  It seems like the key is to avoid recipes that are sugary because it will carmelize and stick to the glass, and frankly you’ll never be able to get it out of the tube.  Instead of using an untried recipe I decided to make the white sandwich bread from Reinhart’s Crust and Crumb, because it is one of our favorites. And it has so much butter in it I figured it would slide right out.

I made a 1lb loaf and used the suggested waxpaper technique to load the dough into the tube. My instructions actually have a typo (2″ of wax paper). I looked at instructions from Neufie.com which made more sense (2′ of wax paper). It worked well, but between the buttered tube and the butter in the bread I probably could have simply slipped it in. I gave it a squish from both ends (again, per the instructions), capped the ends with plastic wrap and let it rise. The small 1lb loaf I used never filled the entire tube and in hindsight I could easily have gone with 1 1/2 lbs of dough.

Using Wax Paper To Load Tube Before Rising In Tube

The finished cooked loaf still in the Bake-a-Round:

Baked in Tube

Getting it out was a little tricky.  You have to maneuver the hot glass tube out of the hot metal holder and then tap the end of the tube with a potholder to get the bread to slide out. I did it though without any help or burned fingers. The bread had a nice even crust all around the loaf.

Sliced Bread

An unexpected side benefit is the phallic nature of the loaf. I hadn’t noticed, by my mom did!

Phallic Loaf Of Bread

Gallery with lots of photos including box, tube, bread and instructions.

Download a copy of my instructions as a PDF: Bake-a-Round Instructions (1165)

 

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4 Comments on The Pyrex Bake-a-Round In Action

  1. elizabeth Feldman says:

    Honey,

    thank you so much for this info. I found my bake a round in a thrift shop many years ago. Just found it in the garage and will make the bread from the Pyrex web site. the box is half torn with insulation still in it from the little tornado we had four years ago. By the way, my maiden name is Hunter (Irish Hunters).

    Liz

  2. katie Ann says:

    I have baked three loaves so far in my two round pans. I used them to entice my grandchildren to learn to bake.
    I learned that you have to almost over bake the bread or you risk pulling out a doughy in the middle loaf of bread.
    I also will use food coloring to make a rainbow kind of bread for fun and as a conversation piece for school lunches.
    I love mine!

  3. RickyD says:

    Obviously you did something wrong. I just bought one at a yard sale. I’m currently baking a loaf. Mine has filled the tube and extends about 2in. out each end. Obviously I did something wrong too cuz I guess I shoulda’ capped off the ends with plastic wrap to keep it all in the tube. I have the instructions but I went to the website just to make sure. Both match. The instructions also say to grease the tube about an inch from both ends and to COAT THE INSIDE WITH CORNMEAL. If you do this you will need to use the waxed paper method or you will scrape the corn meal out of position when you try to push the dough into the tube. Can’t wait to try my loaf of bread.

  4. Rebecca Wyffels says:

    My husband just purchased a Bake a Round from Goodwill for $1.88. It was in the original box but the instructions were not there. I will download the instructions from the lady on here.

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