As you might know, I've been getting a lot of things either free or at a discount in exchange for reviewing the product on amazon.com, and one of the things I was really excited about was this set of 12 silicone baking cups. I don't bake very often, but I have a cup of hot tea every morning, and what's better with that than warm muffins fresh from the oven?
I hate cleaning the muffin tin, which is why when I DO bake, it's rarely muffins or cupcakes. With these silicone cupcake liners, you don't need a pan at all; you can sit them on a cookie sheet (which is what I did), or set directly on the rack in your oven (I don't think I'd do that, though).
I didn't have anything in the house to make fancy muffins or cupcakes tonight, but was determined I was going to try the liners and get my review turned in. I flipped through my trusty old (and I do mean old) Betty Crocker cookbook and decided on a simple sweet muffin recipe, then added a little grated orange peel and a touch of orange extract to the batter.
I set the cupcake liners on the baking sheet before filling, and it was a piece of cake (er, muffin, I guess). They sat up straight and tall, without flopping over like paper cupcake liners would, and no drips all over the pan!
|Almost muffins, ready for the oven|
When using the silicone baking cups, just follow your recipe as if you were using paper liners or a muffin tin. The instructions say to let the cupcakes/muffins cool before removing the liner, but I couldn't wait to try them, so I cheated and tore off two of them while they were still pretty warm. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even while hot, the silicone liners peeled off quickly and easily, leaving a perfectly shaped muffin. The instructions say you don't need to grease the liners first, but you CAN if you want to. I didn't. They were fine.
|Hot orange-y muffins|
So, while these muffins weren't anything fancy like you might find in a bakery or coffee shop, they tasted great with just a hint of orange flavor, and I'm more than pleased with how the silicone liners performed. I might pick up another set so that I can have a dozen cupcakes or muffins ready to go into the oven while one is baking. I think the price is reasonable, given that they're reusable and virtually indestructible, which will save money on paper liners. There are many more creative ways to use them as well.
I see lots more muffins in my future to accompany my morning cup of tea.
~ Marie Anne