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Back in November, Great Jones released their first-ever line of bakeware. Lucky for me, my birthday is also in November. So, I asked for the whole set — what Great Jones calls “Fully Baked” — and, I’m pretty sure, frantically texted my family group chat something like, “Guys, I KNOW this is last-minute but this is really the ONLY thing I want for my birthday.” My parents and aunt ended up getting it for me. (I know, I’m very lucky.)
I’ve been using the set for months now, baking cookies and cake and making pie and quick breads. So, I’ve gotten to know it all pretty well. Here’s what I think about about every piece in the Great Jones Fully Baked set.
(Full disclosure: Years ago, when I interned at New York Magazine, Sierra Tishgart — the co-founder of Great Jones — was one of my bosses.)
This casserole dish is my favorite piece in the entire set. Aesthetically, with its fun print and half-circle handles, it’s exactly the vibe I want for my bakeware. Its large handles aren’t form over function, though: They’re nearly two inches wide and more than four inches long, and they make the dish easy to lift into and out of the oven, even with bulky oven mitts on. It’s also a sizable dish, with a 4-quart capacity and measuring a little over 13×9 inches, so it’ll easily accommodate all your baking (and cooking!) needs, like mac and cheese or lasagna that serves a large family.
Everything I made in Hot Dish turned out wonderfully: Coffee cake and baked oatmeal browned nicely around the edges and came out of the pan without a hitch. I made chicken Marbella in it from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Simple, which, while delicious, resulted in a lot of baked-on bits. With just a little bit of scrubbing, the pan came clean easily, still looking brand-new. At $75, it’s not cheap. However, it is priced comparably to a Le Creuset or Staub baking dish.
I prefer ceramic pie plates to metal and glass, because they conduct heat well, meaning you get all-over, nicely browned pie crust. Too-thin metal pie plates are prone to uneven baking or overbaking, and glass pie plates don’t conduct heat as well as ceramic. (Don’t even get me started on disposable pie plates!)
And Sweetie Pie is a very good, 10-inch ceramic pie plate. The pies I made in it had evenly-browned crusts and I liked its 1-inch lip, which helped crimped edges stay in place. For the most part, I found it easy to remove a clean slice of pie, but occasionally a bit of pie crust stuck to the dish. This is only a minor quibble, compared to an overall great performance.
Sweetie Pie comes in more colors than the rest of the Fully Baked set (it’s also available in Mustard and Marinara). At $45, it costs $10 more than Kitchn’s favorite pie dish by Emile Henry, which isn’t too big of a price difference for an investment piece of bakeware.
The Great Jones Breadwinner comes in a set of two, which comes in handy when you’re making recipes that yield two loaves. The loaf pans are made from aluminized steel and coated with ceramic nonstick and have a folded construction. This means that the metal is folded together at the ends, creating a pan with sharp, right-angled corners. I prefer loaf pans like this, as they make tall, crisp-cornered, and downright professional-looking loaves.
Breadwinner was no exception: Quick breads I made were nicely browned all over and had crisp, beautiful corners. Yeasted breads turned out tall and with perfect domes and edges. However, the downside of folded loaf pans is that they can be harder to clean, as batters and doughs can bake into the sharp corners, becoming difficult to remove. I didn’t have trouble with this with Breadwinner, but it’s still worth noting.
To test how nonstick the loaf pans were were, I opted not to line pans with a parchment sling when making quick bread. And, huzzah! No stickage. Because of its nonstick coating, you have to take extra care when it comes to preventing scratches, as many recipes call for running something like a butter knife around the edge to help loaves release. In lieu of a knife, I used a small, silicone spatula to help release the edges.
I should also mention the price: For $65, you get two Breadwinner pans. Kitchn’s favorite loaf pans will run you about $42 for two. Both pans are excellent options and while the Breadwinner is definitely more aesthetically pleasing, it’s not as budget-friendly.
Holy Sheet, Great Jones’ baking sheet, actually came out in 2019, so it’s been around longer than the rest of Fully Baked. I’ve been using their blue ceramic-coated half-sheet pan for about a year, and the green one came with my Broccoli bakeware set. I love the pans’ bright, bold colors and I think they perform solidly and comparably to other sheet pans I own.
In my tests, the green one browned food evenly, and cookies, scones, biscuits, and even roasted cauliflower came off without a hitch. And thanks to its nonstick coating, it came clean easily, too, with minimal elbow grease. The pan’s also solidly made, and didn’t warp in the oven (you know when you hear a baking sheet “pop” while in the oven, well, that’s it warping), which is one of my baking sheet pet peeves.
Some other things to note: The Holy Sheet is oven-safe to 450°F and, although broilers can get hotter than this, it is safe to use under the broiler for short periods of time (to melt cheese or crisp up bread, for example). And like with other ceramic cookware, you should avoid using metal utensils on the Holy Sheet, so you don’t scratch the pan. I do think that the $35 Holy Sheet is pricey, because a two-pack of Nordic Ware half-sheets goes for about $28.
Fully Baked comes with two, 9-inch Patty Cake pans. Like the rest of the line, these are made from ceramic nonstick aluminized steel. And they’re great nonstick cake pans, browning the bottoms and sides of cake rounds evenly and releasing them easily.
To see how nonstick Patty Cake really was, I baked a Chocolate Olive Cake in one them. I even swapped the all-purpose flour the recipe called for for gluten-free flour, so the cake was more delicate. I also didn’t, as the recipe instructed, line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. After baking and cooling the cake, and with bated breath, I turned the cake pan over to release the cake and assess any sticking. Thankfully, the cake emerged intact, with a just few crumbs that stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Patty Cake does have a wavy, corrugated bottom, which you can clearly see imprinted its pattern onto the bottom of this cake round. However, this didn’t bother me, as it didn’t have any impact on the final quality of the cake.
As for the price, Patty Cake goes for $65 for two pans. This is pricey, but if they’re in your budget, they are great pans. For a budget-friendly option, these USA Pan cake pans are about $28 for two and perform as well as the Great Jones.
Do you own anything from Fully Baked? Tell us about it in the comments!