Did you know that, according to scientists, baking is a great way to reduce stress and nurture happiness? If you like to make everything from cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, then you know that crafting tasty foods is most definitely a fun way to show off your creativity!
Nevertheless, with every good thing in life comes the inevitable downside. In our opinion, the most annoying part about baking (besides the messy clean-up!) is having to deal with sticky baking pans.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to help combat this problem, the most popular being the use of spray-on grease or butter, but that method comes with a host of caveats.
For one, if you end up getting a bit trigger-happy with the grease, you may be left with a picture perfect cake that has a soppy, soggy underbelly. Gross! On the other hand, if you don’t add enough grease, then you may just end up with a crumbling mess.
Other recipe books call for sprinkling a bit of flour in the pan, adding a sheet of liner under the grease, or even using a combination of grease, liner, and flour. Now, we’re not saying that these techniques won’t yield good results, but we look at them as a sort of means to an end—they might work, but they won’t help your baked goods actually taste any better!
For quite a while, we were resigned to the fact that we just didn’t have too much control over how the base of our cakes, cookies, and banana breads would look or even taste, UNTIL we learned some brilliant advice, courtesy of our pals over at Food52.
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