I have always wanted to try a silicone muffin pan. I have BAD luck with muffin pans. My muffins normally come out in a million pieces, occasionally burnt and my metal muffin pans ALWAYS rust (hey...I never said I was a baker. I am more of a cook. I need all the help I can get from my pans). To be honest with you, I have been using loaf pans the last few years. I had given up on the muffin...until now.
OvenArt Bakeware sent me their awesome high quality Silicone Muffin Pan. This pan is BPA free and filler free. As a result of the pan not having filler, it is a little more "floppy" and flexible than some other silicone pans. This just means that you need to place it on a cookie sheet before placing in the oven. What is really awesome about this company is that they sent me a list of tips and recommendations for using the pan via email after I ordered it. Including:
- Place the bakeware on a cookie sheet before filling the cups for easy oven transfer. For thicker, not so "runny" batters like corn bread, you may not need the help of a cookie sheet.
- Lightly grease the cups of the muffin pan using oil, butter, or margarine.
- Wipe away any excess batter from the top surface of the muffin pan for easier cleanup.
- If needed, feel free to add a couple of minutes to baking times until desired browning is reached.
- The silicone cools quickly and will be cool to touch within a couple of minutes of removing from the oven. Pop out your baked goods with your fingers by pushing up from the bottom of the cups.
For my first silicone baking experience I made Blueberry Muffins. I rubbed butter along the pan since I didn't have any cooking spray. They came out pretty darn good. I let them cool for a few minutes and then used a butter knife to pop them out. They came out right away and CLEAN. There were very few specks left on the pan. What was left cleaned off easily in the dishwasher. Yes, this pan is dishwasher safe! You can even use it in the freezer or microwave.
I was pretty impressed with this pan, but wanted to try to make at least one more thing before I reviewed it. I decided to make some cornbread muffins to go with my chilli one night. I filled the cups up higher this time and I think that was a mistake. They still came out great, but some of them had a bit of a top over the pan and those were harder to remove and crumbled slightly. The other 10 or so muffins that weren't overfilled came out perfect.
The pan was slightly dirtier this time, but it still all came off easily in the dishwasher. The pan does not have a single singe, mark or spot on it after using twice. I may not be great when it comes to baking, but I do believe that I have a new friend in the kitchen now. I highly recommend OvenArt Bakeware and I plan on purchasing another one for myself so that I can make two dozen at a time.
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