I recently bought a 9"x4"x4" pullman pan and a pound of SAF instant yeast from Amazon. Other stuff kept me busy for a few days and I didn't get a chance to try em out, but then I (shudder) ran out of bread. Only one thing to do do when that happens!
I washed out the new pan, lubed the lid a bit with a spritz of olive oil (after which it was much less inclined to stick), and whomped up some dough as follows:
400g unbleached bread flour
100g dark rye flour
1 Tablespoon SAF "red" instant yeast
1 Tablespon brown sugar
1.5 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon dill seed
1.5 teaspoon caraway seed
333g very warm water
I put all the dry ingredients in the bowl of the Kitchenaid mixer, added the water, and mixed it up. I let it sit a minute or so to hydrate, mixed it a bit more, then made a nice warm log out of it, plopped it in the pan, put the lid on and a towel folded up on top of that to keep the heat in, and left while I watched an hour of television with my wife.
I checked the pan after the tv program and was surprised to discover the dough had risen to fill the pan! Admittedly I doubled up on the yeast to get a fast rise, but I was mucho impressed - the active dry yeast I've been using previously just doesn't rise like that no matter how much I goose it.
Anyway, I quick preheated the oven to 450F, popped the pan in, and set the timer for 25 minutes. When the timer went off I pulled the pan out, took the lid off and popped the loaf out of the pan with no problem (even though I only oiled the lid, not the rest of the pan).
loaf and pan^
For a first try at a pullman loaf I'm happy as a clam with the way it looks! Tastes good too!