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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

pampered chef bread tubes

When I was a teenager, I bought a set of shaped bread tubes after I attended a Pampered Chef party.

(Because, you know, that’s totally normal teenage behavior.)

I used them a little more when I had time to bake just for fun, but every now and again, I pull them out because they make bread that is perfect for little open-face sandwiches.

I still have not quite mastered the art of filling them evenly enough to prevent spillage, though. (It’s a little bit complicated, because the star mold can hold less dough than the other two shapes.)

Anyway, every time I make these, at least one of the loaves rises so much while it’s baking, the lid pops off and carries some dough with it.  Which is actually ok, because there’s always someone around who wants to snack on the renegade bread.  ;)


I’m not sure if Pampered Chef sells these anymore (it looks like they’re discontinued), but Norpro makes a set that looks a lot like mine.  And I see some Pampered Chef branded version are also available on Amazon.



  1. Gail says

    Wish I could have known someone like you when I was a kid –you were born too late for it to have been you!– and bought cookbooks with birthday money.
    These bread tubes beat the cookie cutter method I used to use to encourage my kids to eat their lunches. Maybe a good idea for the granddaughters. Thanks.

  2. Liz says

    My “totally normal” teenager self adored her cookie press, with discs for every occasion. I would have loved to have tried these canape molds!

  3. Mary says

    Yep, I had those as well. I loved making cute appetizers and sandwiches. I have purchased my fair share of Pampered Chef products over the years.

  4. says

    I bought a set of mini tart pans at a thrift store when I was a teenager. I just pulled them out a few weeks ago to make some tarts. It’s been a while since I’ve used them, but they’re the kind of thing that is fun to have and doesn’t take up much space to store.

  5. Susanna says

    good thing I never went to one of these as a teen! I LOVED cookbooks – my mom and grandma were the same but none of us every really cooked from them because my dad and grandma’s husband and at the time esp us kids weren’t adventurous though I would have tried it if I’d made it LOL! but we loved cookbooks and cooking stuff. I’m 47 so the biggie during my years was Tupperware! my mom had lots of that stuff then got rid of most then started picking it up at estate/yard/garage sales.
    these bread tuebes are soooo cute! gonna have to see if they still sell them LOL!

  6. says

    Cute! But I think what I like best about them, is that you don’t have the waste of cutting out the crust with cookie cutters. We’re all about “saving the crumbs”, especially big crumbs like that! =)

  7. Lisa says

    Hi, I have these bread tubes and would love your recipe and tips for getting the dough in there and then getting the dough out so nicely. My bread never looks like that, but I love the idea of those tubes and still have them.
    Thanks! Love your blog.

    • Kristen says

      I just spray my tubes and lids with cooking spray, and then when the loaves are done, I kind of shake them so they come out the bottom end. Do you bake yours upright? If you bake them on their sides, they won’t be so nicely shaped.

      • Lisa says

        I do bake them upright but never use cooking spray. I never use it, I have an oil atomizer. I don’t like the residue from cooking sprays and it’s hard to clean; I can only imagine what it does to my insides. I may have to break my own rule if that’s the only thing that will work. Thank you for responding.

    • Stacey says

      Yes, please tell us which bread recipe you used and how much dough to put in. I was given the Pampered Chef set years ago and never had the guts to try it. I think it would be fun to make little sandwiches for outdoor picnics with the shaped bread.

  8. Kylene says

    You can find these pretty regularly at the thrift store. Glad to finally know what I could use them for.

  9. says

    Love it! I attended my first Pampered Chef party when I was a teenager as well. I bought one of the measuring cups that works best for peanut butter – as well as liquids and solids. I’m still using my purchase today, as well!

  10. says

    I have been selling Pampered Chef for 16 years. I love those bread tubes. We do not sell them anymore. When my kids were younger, I would make bread in them and make little sandwiches for birthday parties. All the kids loved them!

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