How to Use Parchment Paper in the Oven

Also known as ‘Bakery Paper’, parchment paper is a non-stick, heavy-duty paper that is widely used in the kitchen for cooking and baking purposes. Unlike other materials that are put to similar uses, like wax paper, plastic wrap, or aluminium foil, parchment paper has added durability – it is treated with sulfuric acid and coated with silicone – and can withstand pretty much any temperature in the oven, provided it does not touch the sides or the elements. Its non-stick properties are highly valued and it is frequently used as a substitute when recipes call for “greased” pans or baking sheets.

Instructions

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    Parchment paper can be used in cake making. Cakes tend to stick to the pan in which they are baked, and most recipes call for the cake tin to be greased with oil or products like Crisco. However, to prevent this, you can simply use parchment paper. Place the tin on top of a square of parchment paper, trace out the outline of the bottom of the cake tin, and then cut this out. Fit it into the bottom of your cake pan, and apply a small amount of grease to the sides before you pour in the cake batter and bake it. Sliding the cake out of the tin should be simple.

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    In addition to easing the cake out of the tin, parchment paper can also be used to decorate cakes. Fold some paper into a triangle, and then form it into a cone. Tape or staple it to maintain the shape, and then fill this with whipped cream and frosting, to serve as a homemade piping bag.

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    You can also use parchment paper for making cookie baking a breeze. Line your cookie tray with parchment paper by placing the tray on a large square of paper, and using a pencil to trace a rough outline. Cut this out and fit it snugly onto the tray, making sure none of the paper hangs out the side, as this could end up setting it on fire. This way, you won’t need to grease your cookie sheet.

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    In addition to using parchment paper for baking, you can also use it for savoury dishes that need to be cooked in the oven. Use it while baking chicken, fish, or vegetables. This also leads to minimal messes – e.g. toss a fish, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions onto a parchment paper lined pan, drizzle on some olive oil, and once it is done baking, simply lift the entire square of parchment paper off the pan. Parchment paper parcels can also be made to steam lean meats, seafood, and vegetables.

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