Baking With Silicone Pans and Bakeware
Silicone Bakeware, Silicone Pans such as muffin and cupcake molds, cake tins, loaf tins and baking trays could really revolutionize the way you bake at home. In addition, pans made from silicone can also be used for many other cookery applications, not just baking as you can bake meatloaf or quiches, make puddings, mousses and ice creams too.
What are the advantages of this type of bakeware? Well, first of all, they are easy to use, completely non-stick so there is never anything ‘baked-on’ to try to clean off! They are easy to store because they are lightweight and flexible and you never have to worry about them breaking, getting scratched, dented or going rusty. You can clean them in the dishwasher, you can use them in the microwave – maybe you can tell I am a convert!!
Key advantages of Silicone Bakeware
Simple to Turn Out
Silicone pans make it really simple to turn out or unmold your baked goods, or cooked dishes such as meatloaf. Because they are so flexible and completely non-stick, there is no more frustration with some of your beautiful creation getting stuck to the inside of the pan – which is just heartbreaking when you have made a real effort to turn out something delicious and home-made.
Safe to Use
Silicone Pans cool really quickly when you take them out of the oven, this means that your pan will be cool to touch at the rim so you can unmold cakes and muffins – or whatever you need to do, without risk of burning yourself on a hot pan.
Easy to clean
You can just pop the pans in the dishwasher (even on the bottom shelf) or wash them by hand in warm soapy water – you can even turn them inside out if you want to! So there are never any tricky corners or crevices to clean whatever shape pan you choose – and there are lots, hearts, stars and more! It is stain proof so it will not fade or discolour and because is is non-absorbent and scratchproof, you do not have to worry about any bacteria lurking unseen.
I recommend this set as a good basic one with six hole bun/cupcake/muffin tray, two round pans for sponge cakes or quiche, a square tray for tray bakes such as flapjacks and cake bars plus a useful loaf tin for bread, tea bread and bar cakes. The two spatulas are not only useful when transferring the cake mix from the mixing bowl but also when removing the cooked cakes from the pans.
Easier to get perfect results
Silicone Bakeware bakes everything evenly, with a metal pan, you can get crisping at the edges where the cake has been in contact with the sides of the tin. This does not happen with silicone pans, everything browns evenly. In addition, because the pan cools down so quickly, what you have baked does not go on cooking in the tin, the cooking time stops when you take the pan out of the oven.
Does not absorb cooking odors
Because silicone bakeware is completely nonporous, it does not absorb odors from what you have cooked. For example, you can bake a spicy meatloaf, wash your pan in warm soapy water and then bake a chocolate cake if you wish and your cake will not have a hint of spicy meatloaf about it!
Safe to use at a wide range of temperatures
All silicone bakeware brands have slightly different instructions, but as a good rule of thumb, you can use your pans in the freezer right down to around minus 40 degrees(mine only gets to minus 28 to I think I am pretty safe!), and in the oven, you can use them right up to around 250 degrees Celsius (centigrade) – that’s about 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
Top Tips for Using Silicone Bakeware
Wash new silicone pans in warm soapy water or pop in the dishwasher. After drying, condition them with a smear of cooking oil or non-stick baking spray and wipe off the excess.
Repeat this process before each use. Some baking recipes also call for you to flour the pans too – refer to your individual recipe for instructions here.
The easy way to fill your pans.
Because the pans are so flexible, it is much easier to fill them with the mixture with your muffin molds or cupcake molds on a baking tray – this makes it very much simpler to transport your silicone bakeware to the oven!
Follow the instructions for the recipe you are using for how much to put in each pan – cupcakes and muffin molds can be filled almost to the rim but a general rule of thumb is to fill them as you would, ordinary bakeware.
Preparing the oven
Always preheat your oven to the required temperature before putting your pans in the oven. Bake on an oven rack in the center or slightly below the center of your oven. Never use your silicone pan on any sort of direct flame or heat source – you CANNOT use them on a hot plate or gas ring.
This Lady Demonstrates Baking Muffins Live On Video
I hope my article has inspired you to try silicone bakeware for yourself. The lady in the video above, tried them out after her friend said they didn't work! She gives them an A+ and demonstrates pretty conclusively that silicone pans are easy to use, turn out your baked goods perfectly every time and without mess or fuss.