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Ask the Pan Handler: What do you know about this corn bread pan?

Griswold No. 22 Corn Bread Pan

Stephanie from the Pacific North West wanted to know more about this Griswold Corn Bread Pan.

This corn bread pan was one of Griswold’s most prolific baking pans.  Even though it has “Corn Bread Pan” inscribed on the underside, it is known as the “Griswold No. 22 Bread Stick Pan, pattern number 954” and was made in Erie, Pennsylvania from the 1880’s all the way up to the 1950’s.  According to the book ‘Griswold Muffin Pans’ by Jon B. Haussler (available from Amazon here) there are 15 (!!!!) known variations of this pan.

Stephanie’s pan is variation 12, which is one of the most common variations of this pan.  It’s one of the later iterations of the pan, and has the hanging holes (which started appearing in Variation 7) and the Griswold name inscribed on the underside (which started in Variation 10).

Whilst there are no particularly rare variations, many collectors have fun trying to hunt down them all.   These pans are pretty easy to find, in flea markets, antique stores or garage sales. We always have some of these (usually Variation 15, below) available on the site too.

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Don’t think you’re limited to just making bread sticks in them – I made crab cakes in a bread stick pan during a fun competition that founder Mary had a couple of years ago.  She even wrote a blog post about it here (with recipe)!

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All in all, this is a fun, accessible baking pan to have.

Happy Cooking, Stephanie!