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The right baking pan for the dish?

amoule | Mar 14, 2013 11:34 AM

I'm hosting a brunch nine days from now. My menu includes:

- A grits casserole with sausage, cheese, and eggs. I think it'll be a little custardy or souffle-like because of the eggs.

- A coffee cake.

Both dishes can be made in advance, refrigerated overnight, and then baked in the morning (at the same temperature - yay!). They both will make about 3.5 qts. of food and both need a baking dish of the same capacity.

I have:

- A 9 x 13 unglazed stoneware baking dish (Pampered Chef) that has the right capacity for either dish.

- A large, heavy oval copper gratin lined with stainless steel. The capacity would easily fit the grits casserole and look very pretty.

I'm concerned about putting the grits casserole in the heavy copper pan because of the eggs. I'm worried that it might overcook badly around the edges. I've never made a grits casserole before. I could put it in the stoneware and then purchase another pan for the cake.

Are my concerns unfounded? Do I need another pan? If I buy a second 9x13, what is the best material for baking cakes - metal, ceramic, or glass?

Thanks in advance.

- Allison

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