How To Substitute Parchment Paper In Baking
Parchment or bakery paper is the best choice to prevent your baked goods from sticking to the pan, but during desperate times when you find an empty tube in your cupboard the ideal substitute is to grease the pan. Greasing the pan is an age-old tradition; your baking will not stick, even without parchment paper.
Stay with us at oneHOWTO and we will tell you how to substitute parchment paper in baking as well as what NOT to use as an alternative.
Can you substitute parchment paper with aluminum foil?
Whether you are using a pan, mold or tray for baking, line it with a sheet of aluminum foil and apply a coat of butter or cooking spray.
Parchment paper gives a two-fold advantage to your baking: the first is that it prevents the ingredients from sticking, and the other is that it makes lifting the finished item from the pan easier. Sometimes the pan may be too small or delicate, so flipping or lifting the baked goods may become very difficult.
Here, the aluminum foil you will use will not stick to the tray or pan, and you can leave some extra length to make lifting even easier. Applying butter will prevent the baked good from sticking to the foil. Therefore, you can substitute bakery paper for foil easily.
Take a look at our article on how to make a cake pan out of foil for more details!
Can you substitute parchment paper with a silicone baking mat?
If you are using a flat tray for baking, then you can substitute parchment paper for a silicone non-stick baking mat. This type of mat is a heat-resistant sheet for baking, which often proves to be an even better substitute to bakery paper than aluminum foil.
Take a look at our article on how to use silicone molds if you want to use them for cupcakes or similar.
Can you substitute parchment paper with grease and flour?
If you are using baking molds, you will have to grease and apply flour on them. Coat the molds with cooking spray or butter, and then sprinkle some flour on them. Roll it around until the flour clings evenly to the grease, and tap it on a side to let any extra flour go.
Bad substitutes for parchment paper
Some people choose to use paper grocery bags or wax paper as an alternative to parchment paper, but this is not a wise thing to do.
Fibrous paper or wax paper may ruin your food, as it may melt into your ingredients and stick to any hot mass you pour on it, such as a sugar candy or caramel. Wax paper can be used to line the tray just to hold the item, or to separate layers of the already-baked items, and also to wrap or store. However, it is not useful to bake directly. Paper bags do not have any non-stick properties. Moreover, they may catch fire as your oven goes beyond 400˚ F.
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