Silicone bakeware is becoming increasingly popular. Able to withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 446 degrees Fahrenheit, it is flexible, nontoxic and easier to use and clean than traditional metal bakeware. Unlike Teflon, silicon is a naturally occurring substance; in fact, 28 per cent of the Earth is made up of silicone. Silicone muffin tins are light and easy to use. Their flexibility allows the muffins to be easily removed from the pan once the baked goods have cooled.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Soapy water
- Oil or non-stick spray
- Baking tray
- Muffin mix
- Oven gloves
- Cooling rack
Prepare the muffin pan by washing it in soapy water and rinsing. You can also put it in the dishwasher. Coat the pan with non-stick baking spray or oil. This will prevent your muffins from sticking.
Place the muffin pan on a baking tray. Silicone pans are extremely flexible and will bend when you pick them up. This will lead to spillage of the muffin mixture. The baking tray will stabilise the silicone pan.
Fill the muffin moulds nearly to the top with mix. The muffins should rise above the level of the pan. Place the muffin pan and baking tray in the middle of a preheated oven.
Use oven gloves when removing the baking tray from the oven. Move the baking tray, with the muffin pan still on it, to a cooling rack. Wait until the muffins are cool before turning them out. The flexibility of the silicone pan makes the removal process much easier.
Wash the silicone muffin pan with warm, soapy water. Avoid abrasive soaps and scouring pads as they will damage the pan. Rinse the pan with warm water to remove all traces of soapy residue. You can also place the pan in a dishwasher.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid using sharp objects to remove muffins as they can damage the silicone pan.
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