Pullman loaf

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Pullman loaf
Pullman loaf.jpg
Sourdough pullman loaf
Place of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Main ingredientsFlour

The Pullman loaf, sometimes called the "sandwich loaf" or "pan bread", is a rectangular loaf of white bread baked in a long, narrow, lidded pan. The French term for this style of loaf is pain de mie, or, less commonly, pain anglais.[1]

European breadmakers began using square lidded pans in the early 18th century to minimize crust. Railway service pioneer George Pullman chose the loaf for use on his Pullman railcars for efficiency reasons.[2] Three Pullman loaves occupied the same space as two standard round-topped loaves, thus maximizing the use of space in the small Pullman kitchen.[3]

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  1. ^ Montagne, Prosper. Larousse Gastronomique. New York:Crown Publishers, 1961
  2. ^ Olver, Lynne. "Pullman Loaf". The Food Timeline.
  3. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press. p. 482. ISBN 978-0-19-530796-2.