One of the most disappointing things that can happen when you have spent an hour or so in the kitchen, trying to make something delicious, is your creation sticking to the bottom of the pan. You can grease the inside before you fill the baking pan or you can use a knife to cut along the sides before you try to get out whatever it is you are making. Sadly this is not a guarantee the content will pop out without putting up a fight. I like to line a square baking pan with parchment paper to make sure there are never any issues. Lining your baking pan with parchment paper will not only make it very easy to extract whatever it is you are making, but it will also make it simpler to take care of your baking pans.
Check out how to line a baking pan with parchment paper in a quick and straightforward manner in the Truthful Food video and read the steps below.
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- Put your baking pan on a flat surface and put a piece of parchment paper underneath the baking pan.
- Make sure the piece of parchment paper is big enough to cover the entire inside of the baking pan. Remove the pan from the parchment paper.
- Make a fold as is indicated in the video. The area on the outer side of the fold will cover one side of the baking pan. Make sure the area is big enough by holding one side of the baking pan on top of it.
- Make a fold that will create an area for the second side. When doing so, make sure the folds make a 90-degree angle by lining up the sides.
- Place your baking pan on top of the folded parchment paper. The corner should line up with the edge that you folded twice.
- Push the pan a few millimetres over the folded corner to make sure the parchment will fit into the baking pan.
- Put your finger on the place where the third fold will be. Again, make sure the folds make a ninety-degree angle by lining up the sides.
- Cut off the piece of parchment paper that you do not need.
- Place your baking pan on top of the folded parchment paper and see where the final fold will be.
- One last time, make sure the folds make a ninety-degree angle by lining up the sides. If necessary, cut off the access of parchment paper.
- Fold open your parchment paper. Ever coroner has two folds.
- Cut on the folds parallel to each other for two opposite sides. Make sure the remaining corner folds fold inwards and end up on the outside of the lining you have created.
- Take your baking pan and place your parchment paper lining inside the pan. Where the paper overlaps, you can put a little bit of batter or dough to make the sides stay up.
- If you are not using batter or dough, make sure your side areas are a few millimetres taller. Use the extra parchment paper to make a small fold on the top of the sides where the parchment paper overlaps. It is possible you will need to make a small cut in the corners to ensure the paper will fold without a problem.
- Square vs. rectangle: this method works as well for rectangle baking pans!
- Optional: if you are not going to put your lining in the oven and you are looking for a quick fix, you can staple the overlapping sides together. This works great when you are using a square tin to make, for instance, granola bars or chocolates.
Have fun lining your baking pan with parchment paper!
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