Use Parchment Paper in Cooking, also often called “baking paper,” is a super handy item to have in your kitchen! It can be used on baking sheets, inside cake pans, and on other baking containers to act as a barrier between the dish and the food being bake or cook. It keeps food from sticking or burning on the baking dish, and it makes food much easier to remove from those dishes once they’ve been cook.
Creating Bake Treats with Parchment Paper
1. Use parchment paper to make brownies and cakes so they don’t stick
- Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a baking tray. Make it long enough so that the edges of the paper extend over the lip of the tray 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm). Cut a second piece of parchment paper to go the opposite direction across the tray so that all the edges are covered. Pour the batter in on top of the parchment paper. When the brownies or cake are done cooking, simply lift the parchment paper out of the baking tray to easily remove the baked goods.
- For a round cake tin, cut a circle of parchment paper for the bottom of the tray, and then grease or butter the sides of the tin like you normally would.
- To keep the parchment paper itself from slipping, spray just a little bit of cooking spray or add some grease to the corners. This will make the parchment paper stick to the sheet or tray, and it won’t move when you start adding batter or cookies to it.
2. Keep your counters clean by decorating bake goods on parchment.
- When you need to drizzle sauces or decorate baked goods with sprinkles, lay them out on parchment paper before you begin. After you’ve finish decorating things, simply throw away the parchment paper. For extra help containing those sprinkles, lay the parchment paper on a baking sheet that has an edge around it. That way the sprinkles will stay on the parchment paper and in the baking sheet, no matter what.
3. Line a baking sheet to keep cookies from sticking.
The next time you bake cookies, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your baking sheet. Place the cookies on the parchment paper, and then cook them as you normally would.
- The parchment paper distributes the heat to the cookies more evenly, keeps the bottoms from burning, and prevents the cookies from spreading too wide as they bake.
4. Cut 5 inches (13 cm) squares to put in the bottom of muffin tins.
When making muffins, cut out a parchment square for each individual tin. Place a square into each tin, and then press them down with a thin glass, so that the bottom creases around the edges of the tin. Then pour in your batter and cook the muffins according to the recipe.
- When the muffins are done baking, you should be able to turn them out easily onto a clean linen towel and peel the parchment off of the bottoms of the muffins.
5. Fashion a pastry bag out of parchment paper to decorate baked goods.
Take a square of parchment paper, and roll it into a cone shape. Fill it with frosting, snip off the end of the cone with a pair of scissors, and decorate your baked goods!
- You won’t get any pretty designs in your frosting from the parchment paper pastry bag, but it’ll allow you to frost and decorate bake goods when you find yourself without a real pastry bag.