How to Use Silicone Molds
Silicone molds have recently made entry into the baking industry, and people have easily become their fans. They are flexible, non-stick, inexpensive and colorful. They are microwaveable, dishwasher and freezer safe too. They can be easily used to make muffins, cupcakes, chocolates etc. In this OneHowTo.com article, we are going to discuss about how to use silicone molds for different purposes.
Benefits of using silicone molds
Usually, very little oiling or greasing is required when you use silicone molds. These molds heat up quickly and the food is baked evenly without any dark or burnt edges. Removing the food from the molds is very easy. You just need to twist the mold slightly, gently pull on the sides, and roll out the food you just prepared. These molds do not stain or rust, and cleaning them up is super easy too. They are light in weight, so that they are easy to carry around and store.
To use silicone molds for chocolate, start by oiling the molds completely. Make sure that every hook and corner of the mold has been covered with oil, for which you can use a small tooth brush or pastry brush. If it is a simple, deep mold and you are using it for a cold set recipe, then you may need to line it with a cling film first. The cooking chocolate that you use should be specifically designed for cooling and melting. Chocolate bars do not set properly because of high sugar content in them. Remember to tap the mold on a worktop to ensure that all air bubbles are removed while filling. Set in a freezer, as removing the chocolate will become easier with this.
Grease butter in the mold, making sure that all the hooks and corners have been covered. Dust the mold with flour, cocoa powder or caster sugar, depending on the recipe you are making. Once you have baked the cake, let it cool down before removing it from the mold. If it is a soft and crumbly cake, you may even need to freeze it before removing.
Before filling the mold, lightly grease it dust it with some icing sugar. If your mold has an intricate pattern, let it settle properly in the freezer allowing it to become firm and nice. Then gently press the mold and let the fondant pop out with ease. Before releasing, it is better to make the edges loose with your hand.
Making bread or pastry
Making bread or pastry in silicone molds does not require any lining or greasing. Just fill the mold with your ingredients, let it settle, and remove.
To make marshmallows, molds should be oiled before filling, ensuring that every hook and corner has been covered. Dust lightly with cornflour, and then tap to remove any excess before you pour in the ingredients.
No lining or greasing is required while making jelly in silicone molds. It is recommended to set the jelly in a freezer, and remove from the molds only when they are frozen. You can leave them in the refrigerator overnight to allow any ice crystals to melt down.
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