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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Baking A Few Items At Once

October 24, 2017

I keep lots of cookie and scone dough on hand, so I can just pull it out and bake it off at a moment’s notice. Sometimes this means I need a few of these and a few of those. While all those cookies might fit easily on one cookie sheet, bake times are not always the same.

King Arthur Flour recently shared a great tip, which rectifies that problem completely. They suggest placing each type of cookie on its own strip of parchment paper on the baking trays. When one row is done, simply pull the entire sheet off the pan and continue baking the others.

Pretty smart, huh?

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Pan Liners

October 20, 2015

When baking a cake, the recipe usually requests greasing, or greasing and flouring the pan for easy removal after baking. Butter, a hefty squirt of cooking spray, or a slick covering of coconut oil usually does the job. Even when the pan is properly treated, a layer of parchment paper facilitates a clean removal of the cake.

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Last weekend, I started watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix, where amatuer bakers congregate in a huge tent tricked out with kitchens to compete for a title of Star Baker. During a cake challenge, I noticed that most of them lined their square pans with parchment paper that hung over the sides. When it was time to remove the cake, they simply grabbed the over-hanging paper like handles, and lifted the cake right out of the pan.

By doing this, they avoided the cake getting stuck, or deflating a bit as they flipped the pan over and banged on it a bit to get the cake to fall out.

While I have used this technique before on specific items ( like my marshmallows,) it is now going to become common practice on all of the cakes, brownies and bar cookies that I bake in square or rectangular pans. No more scars in the bottom of cake where a little piece got torn. No more fighting with the caramel that clings steadfastly to the side of the pan when making pecan pie squares. I am a little embarrassed that I haven’t been doing this all along!

A squirt of cooking spray in the pan helps to keep the parchment smooth and in place, and another squirt on top of the paper keeps things from sticking. The rest…pure genius!

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Foiled Again

March 24, 2015

This one might sound like a no- brainer, but if you aren’t already doing it, you really should.

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When roasting something in the oven, or just reheating it, cover your baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper. Either spray it lightly with cooking spray, or buy easy release aluminium foil to avoid having the food stick.
This saves so much clean up time and effort, that you will wonder why you hadn’t been doing this all along.

When you are done, toss the foil or paper in the trash and rinse the pan in hot soapy water. That’s it. No scrubbing, no scraping, no greasy film.

You’re welcome.

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Funnels

February 3, 2015

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Funnels are a useful kitchen tool, but one that not all of us have. I mean, how often do you use a funnel?
No worries! There are several options that you do have laying around the house.

When looking to transfer something like rice, or beans into a smaller container, or even pour flour into the running mixer, simply take a clean envelope and cut a hole in the corner, just large enough for the item to pass through.

For oil, or liquid items, roll a piece of parchment paper into a cone, and set the small end into the cup or bottle you are transfering to. Small quantities of liquids shouldn’t soak through paper, if you pour carefully. This also works for dry ingredients.

If you have a wider opening in your container, pour the ingredients into a pitcher, and then slowly pour from there.

When you’re done, toss the faux funnel into the trash, and enjoy your mess-free kitchen counters.

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Kitchen Tip: Efficient Cookie Baking

December 23, 2013

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For those of you cranking out the last of the Christmas cookies, here is a tip that could be a game changer:

To save time and cookie sheet washing, prepare all of your raw cookies and place them on parchment paper, cut to fit your cookie sheets.

As the cookies come out of the oven, take them off, paper and all, and place the next pre-filled parchment sheet on the cookie sheet, and  whisk it right back into the hot oven. This production line technique will give you the most efficiency for baking and you’ll than us when it’s time to do the dishes.

Happy Baking!

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