Bundt Pan

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Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
The most recognizable product that Nordic Ware has produced is its top-selling Bundt Pan. Nordic Ware manufactured this pan in the 1950s. The traditionally German Bundt cake become popular after one was used to bake a “Tunnel of Fudge” cake that placed second in the 1966 Pillsbury bake-off. Subsequently, Pillsbury and Nordic Ware paired up to sell cake mixes and pans very successfully.
Description
This cast aluminum, fluted tube pan was created in 1950 by David Dalquist (1918-2005), co-founder of Nordic Ware, a Minneapolis-based cookware manufacturing company. Launched as Plastics for Industry in 1946, David Dalquist and his brother Mark began making foundry patterns and industrial plastic products for area businesses. They also made aluminum cookware, including specialty products based on Scandinavian baking tools. Nordic Ware's ebleskiver pans, krumkake irons, and rosette irons were popular with the area's large Scandinavian population.
In addition to manufacturing Bundt pans, Nordic Ware also produced cook books and recipes, most of which were tested by David's wife, Dotty, in their home kitchen. "300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pan" and the "Busy Ladies Bundt Cook Book" contain recipes for making casseroles, salads, and even bread in a Bundt.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1950
maker
Nordic Ware
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
grey (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 10 in; 10.795 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
2007.0034.30
catalog number
2007.0034.30
accession number
2007.0034
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
subject
Household Tools and Equipment
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Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

I have one of the original Bundt pans by Nordic Ware. I haven't used it in some time and everything is sticking to it. It is not coated with a non stick service. I have tempered it again by greasing it and placing it in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour. It seemed like it was going to be okay. I just used it, greasing the surface before placing my cake in the pan. It sticks terrible. Granted it is 53 years old, but it used to be great. Does anyone have a suggestion for me?
Try dusting it lightly with flour after greasing it.
The history of Nordic Ware may have begun with the Bundt Pan. But over the years they have made products at their St. Louis Park factory that did not stand the test of time. Once such item is a mid century modern aluminum ashtray. The one I have can be described as a shallow dish with three evenly spaced spheres with notches cut out to secure the cigarette. The design of this ashtray is beautiful in symmetry with clean lines and balance.
I have a Bundt in gold that has Northland Aluminum Produts, Inc Minneapolis MN. I was using it yesterday and my son and daughter who are grown adults. seen it and was questing me as how old it was and where I got it. I told them it had to be at least 55 years old as I got married in 1959 and probably bought it when I first got married. I wouldn't part with it at all.
"My wife and I own one of those vintage aluminum Bundt Pans, they are fantastic, one of the best products I've ever owned. I don't even how we came by ours. But I wouldn't give it up for anything. Almost non-stick and very durable."

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