Saturday, May 23, 2015
Baking Cookies with Silpat
My friend Jeanne gave me a Silpat non-stick baking mat. It's a strange looking thing that takes the place of parchment paper for baking items like cookies. Jeanne's advice is best use a Silpat and not any of the cheaper versions.
Jeanne, a master baker, originally introduced me to the use of parchment paper to bake cookies. I kind of poo-pooed it in the beginning, but now I won't make cookies without either parchment paper or my Silpat.
The one I received as a birthday present is the toaster oven size. If I'm baking four cookies fresh for our dessert, it's just the right size. If I want to bake more, I still use parchment paper.
With a good cleaning, both the Silpat and parchment can be reused. The Silpat is a more expensive initially (about $20), but it can be a savings if you bake a lot of cookies. Parchment paper is about $7.50 for a 33 foot roll.
Both the Silpat and the parchment paper bake my cookies equally well. Compared to baking directly on the cookie sheet, they both are a huge improvement.
Do you use a Silpat? What do you think? Is it worth the cost? -- Margy