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Tartes and quiche are popular baked goods that are also easy to make at home thanks to tart moulds. The perfect tart not only has a delicious filling, but also a crispy base. This is not always easy to bake. There are, however, various tart pans in which a crispy base is particularly successful.

It is not easy, especially for beginners, to find the right tart pan. That's why we have compared different models in our guide to tart pans and picked out the most important purchase and evaluation criteria for you. We want to present these to you so that you can make an informed purchase decision.




The most important facts

  • A tart pan is perfect for making sweet and savoury baked goods. However, some materials are not suitable for fruit cakes.
  • Basically, a distinction can be made between 3 types. Tart rings and tart moulds with a lifting base are particularly suitable for beginners. Closed tart moulds are also suitable as serving dishes.
  • The size of a tart tin depends on how many people you are baking for. The standard tart tin has a diameter of 22 to 28 centimetres. Depending on the diameter, the baking time of the tartes can vary.

The Best Tart Pan: Our Pick

Tart Pan: Buying and evaluation criteria

So that you know what to look for when buying a tart tin, we have listed the most important buying and evaluation criteria for you. These criteria should help you compare different models and make an informed decision.

In the following section, we will explain why these criteria are important and what exactly you need to consider.

Size / diameter

Tart moulds come in many different sizes. The diameter of round tart moulds ranges from 8 to 30 centimetres. The size of a tart depends on how many people you are baking for. The standard size of a tart pan is 22 to 28 centimetres.

Material

The material of a quiche or tart tin is crucial when it comes to releasing the cake from the tin. In addition, the material can also have an effect on the baking time. Tart moulds made of ceramic, porcelain, silicone and glass are also dishwasher safe.

  • Moulds made of ceramic and porcelain are easy to clean and scratch-resistant. They store heat well and distribute it evenly. It is essential to grease the mould beforehand, as ceramic or porcelain tart moulds have a poor non-stick effect.
  • Moulds made of silicone are particularly easy to clean and space-saving. The flexibility of the material makes it easy to remove the tart from the mould. However, the heat conduction of a silicone mould is not very good, so the tart may not be as crispy as in other moulds.
  • Moulds made of tinplate and black plate are very light and inexpensive. However, the material is not very robust and the mould can quickly become scratched. Tart moulds made of black plate usually have a non-stick coating. Tinplate is particularly suitable for gas ovens.
  • Glass is particularly easy to clean and durable. As glass is acid-resistant, these moulds are particularly suitable for fruit tarts. In addition, tartes in glass moulds usually become very crispy, but the poor heat conduction can extend the baking time.
  • Cast iron is a very good conductor of heat. Cast iron moulds are acid-resistant and therefore suitable for fruit tarts, but the material does not have a good non-stick effect. Cast iron moulds are also quite expensive and heavy.

Functions

Tart moulds can have various additional functions to make baking easier. Some tart moulds have small holes in the bottom and sides to facilitate even air circulation. The air circulation ensures that the tart is evenly browned and crispy. To make it easier to remove the tart, there are tart tins with a lifting base. Here, the bottom of the tin and thus the tart can be easily lifted out. However, this type of tart mould is not suitable for liquid doughs.

Heat resistance

Basically, all tart pans are heat-resistant and can be used to bake tartes, quiches or cakes in the oven. However, the degree of heat resistance can vary depending on the material. So if you need higher temperatures for your intended use, you should make sure that your tart tin can withstand this heat.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about tart pans answered in detail

To give you a deeper insight into the topic of tart pans, we have selected the most important questions on this topic. We have answered these questions for you below.

Who is a tart pan suitable for?

Tart moulds are basically suitable for every hobby and professional baker. Both sweet and savoury dishes can be prepared in the mould, making a tart mould a helpful and versatile utensil for every kitchen. If you bake very rarely, you can also use alternatives that you may already have. If you are a little more experimental and like visually appealing dishes, you won't regret investing in a tart pan.

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Tartelettes and mini-quiches can be prepared in small tart moulds. The wavy rim gives them the typical French shape.
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The French baking tin usually has a wavy edge, which gives the cake a beautiful shape. Most tart moulds are also ideal for serving the tart directly in the mould. This is practical and looks good.

What types of tart moulds are there?

There are different types of tart pans, which we would like to introduce to you in the following. We have also listed the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Tarte ring Easy to use, different sizes possible, easy to remove the tart, does not need to be greased, dough is easy to roll out Unsuitable for liquid doughs, no wavy pattern
Tart mould with lifting base Easy to remove the tart, no need to turn it out, easy to cut, wavy edge unsuitable for liquid doughs
Closed tart mould Can also be used as a serving dish, also suitable for liquid doughs, wavy edge The tart can break when lifted out, usually more difficult to cut

A tart ring has the great advantage that you can first roll out the dough and then cut it with the ring. This makes it possible to roll out the dough as thin or thick as you like. The thinner the dough, the crispier the tart.

The great advantage of a tart tin with a lifting base is that you can easily lift the base and thus the tart out of the tin.

There is little risk of the tart breaking or being damaged. However, you should note that tart tins with a lifting base are not suitable for liquid doughs. Closed tart moulds are the most visually appealing, which makes them ideal for serving. The fact that the mould is closed means that nothing can spill out, so it is also suitable for liquid doughs. However, it also makes it more difficult to lift out and cut the tart.

How much does a tart pan cost?

The price of a tart pan depends very much on the material and the size of the pan. Basically, tart and quiche pans are available in a price range from about 5 to 160 euros. The following table should give you an overview.

Material price range
Ceramic approx. 13 to 90 euros
Silicone approx. 5 to 50 euros
Tinplate approx. 7 to 20 euros
Black plate approx. 5 to 40 euros
Glass approx. 3 to 90 euros
Cast iron approx. 50 to 160 euros

It can be seen that a suitable tart pan can be found for every budget. The inexpensive versions are usually smaller moulds for tartelettes. If you want your tart pan to have certain functions, you have to expect to spend a little more money. For example, a lifting base is only available at a price of around 15 to 20 euros.

Conclusion

Basically, a tart pan is a good investment for any hobby or professional baker. If you place a lot of value on a visually appealing serving dish, you should go for a ceramic or cast iron dish. These are usually available in many different colours and shapes.

If you are just starting to bake and would like to practise a little more, you should consider investing in a tart ring or a tart mould with a lifting base. With these moulds, removing the tart is particularly easy and the risk of damaging your cake is low.

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