These Nonstick Tools Have Upgraded My Baking For Good
From now on, I’m doing all of my baking with Silpat's non-stick pans and molds.
One of my biggest pet peeves in baking is when the finished product sticks to the pan or mold, even when you used what felt like half a stick of butter greasing the pan beforehand. Because of this pet peeve, I almost always use parchment paper. And though parchment allows for much cleaner bakes, using it every time feels wasteful—and sometimes my baked goods end up sticking to the parchment anyway.
Luckily for us avid bakers, Silpat makes silicone-based mats, molds, and other baking essentials that are all non-stick. In other words, no more buttering your molds! No more parchment paper. No more flipping pans upside down and banging them against the counter to release muffins that just won't come out.
Silpat Perfect Pastry Non-Stick Silicone Countertop Workstation Mat, $39 at amazon.com
Beyond their easy-to-use molds, Silpat also offers several products that simplify the whole baking process. Take the , which has 21 bullseyes for where you should place dough so that baked cookies don't run into one another (an annoying problem that I've experienced many times).
Silpat Cook N' Cool Baking Tray, $40 at amazon.com
Silpat baking mats fit on top of the Perforated Aluminum Tray, which is designed to evenly cook the bottoms of baked goods while also acting as a cooling rack (just invert it!). And all of the products are super easy to clean and store. Since crumbs don't stick to the silicone mats, all they need is a light scrub. They're flexible, so can be rolled up and stashed away.
I've found Silpat to be a miracle product. The non-stick molds have made baking so much easier, and I can't wait to try out more shapes this winter and beyond, especially the ones that are typically more complicated to lift out of a pan (lookin' at you, ).
This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com