How to Properly Use Parchment Paper for Baking

How to Properly Use Parchment Paper for Baking

What’s Parchment Paper

Parchment paper, also known as baking paper or greaseproof paper, is a translucent paper that has been silicon-coated to make it heat-resistant. It's also nonstick, waterproof, and strong, making it an essential baking tool for home bakeries and large commercial bakeries. It can be used not only for baking but also for cooking.

There are two kinds of parchment paper - bleached and unbleached. Bleached parchment paper is white, while unbleached is tan in color. While both are safe to use; unbleached parchment paper is believed to contain fewer chemicals, but this has not been proven. So which one you choose is entirely up to you as the result of baking will be the same no matter what.

When to Use Parchment Paper for Baking

The best part about parchment paper is that it can be used for baking as well as cooking in convection ovens, toaster ovens, and microwaves. The only thing to watch out for is the oven temperature. You can even use it as butter paper to wrap or store food.

1. Sift Ingredients On Parchment Paper

You can sift the dry ingredients onto parchment paper so you don't need to use or clean an extra bowl.

2. Weigh Ingredients On Parchment Paper

You can weigh your ingredients on the parchment paper and easily transfer them into your batter or container. 

3. Roll Out Dough Between Two Sheets Of Parchment Paper

Rolling dough can sometimes be a hassle as it can stick to the counter or rolling pin. You can avoid this by rolling the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Not only will you be using less flour to dry out the dough, but it will be neater and easier to clean.

4. Use To Store Baked Goods

You can line airtight boxes with parchment paper to ensure food stays fresher longer.

Tips to Use Parchment Paper for Baking

1. Grease The Pan

When using parchment to line pans, remember to grease the pan to hold the paper in place. The oil or the remaining butter on the wrapper is enough to grease the pan. Do not over grease the pan as this will make the parchment too greasy. And also avoid oiling parchment paper or trays when baking cookies, as this can lead to overspreading.

2. Always Have Overhangs

This trick works best on square or rectangular cake pans. Usually when baking in a pan like this, leave an overhang or extra parchment over the batter so you can lift it easily without having to tip over the baked good.

3. Read Instructions Carefully

Be sure to read the instructions on the package before buying or using parchment paper, as you don't want the paper to burn or smoke in the oven. If no specific instructions are given, feel free to use it.

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