As I watched my husband on the verge of throwing the Christmas tree stand across the living room last night because he couldn’t figure out how to fit the bits and pieces together …. it occurred to me that I knew this frustration all too well. I’ve wasted so much energy trying to make non-stick baking parchment stick to the sides of a loaf/bread pan. The obvious problem is that I’m trying to make something with the description “Non-stick” do something that it’s not intended to do – namely, stick and stay put in a loaf pan. I’ve tried dabs of butter on the tin to keep the paper stuck fast, I’ve tried dabbing veg oil in strategic places, I’ve been tempted by the whispers of the kitchen fairies to try a bit of spit, or perhaps accidentally forget to cover my mouth and nose when sneezing. The latter two I hasten to clarify, I’ve not tried. Fairies – what do they know.
So yesterday I was baking some Danish-style rye bread (based on a German recipe), and I was instructed to line the loaf pan with parchment paper. Geeze Louise, I muttered to myself, here we go again. And then I had an idea.
I turned the pan upside-down, and mitred the paper to the corners for a tight fit like a hospital bed sheet. Then I pressed the folds down firmly, and carefully removed the paper (still folded into the shape of the pan). I turned the pan over, and then gently slid the folded parchment into the up-turned pan. It fit perfectly, and didn’t try to pop out or unfold or fly away.
I just stood there, staring at what seemed to be too good to be true. I placed the bread dough into the parchment lined pan, still rather astonished at why I hadn’t thought of this sooner. It worked a treat!
So now I’m wondering what right-on-the-cusp-of-brilliant ideas you might like to share to make our cooking and baking easier. Anyone?