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A Non-Stick Silicone Baker’s Mat = A Happy Baker

One year for Christmas I received an unexpected gift from Boy that I honestly thought I’d never use; I got a silicone non-stick baker’s mat.

Confession: I’m an old school baker that eschews most anything silicone.  It isn’t aesthetically or physically appealing to me.  To be honest it gives me the icks.

THE ICKS, I TELL YA!

But, it was my sweet Boy who gave me this thoughtful gift and of course I was going to use it at least once so I could tell him what I thought.  Boy is a whiz in the kitchen and already had one of these mats and loved using it.  I would listen quietly when he told me about it, but I never ever gave any inkling that I, too, would like to add one to my baking bag o’tricks.

Then, there it was, in my hands, wrapping paper undone.  What could I do?  I had to use it.

….suddenly I, too, fell in love.

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My mat is from Crate and Barrel.  I tried to find it, but they no longer sell mine, but from my research, a silicone mat is a silicone mat.  This one is a big seller and lots of baker’s stand behind it.

Check it out: Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat (16.5-inch x 24.5-inch)

A Silicone Mat = A Happy Baker

 (source: AMAZON)

PRODUCT DEETS:

  • Non-stick 100% FDA approved food grade silicone mat
  • Can be used in all types of ovens except direct fired ovens
  • Never needs greasing
  • Simple cleanup
  • Can withstand temperatures from -40F to 480F.

Confession: I have never used it in baking. WHAT?!  Yep.  I still can’t bring myself to use it when baking.  There’s something about an unnatural thingy under my all-natural cookies that still gives me the icks.

THE ICKS, I TELL YA!

So, what do I use it for?  Rolling out dough.  It’s a freaking non-stick miracle for that job.

NOTE: the link above has three different sizes available.  I use the largest: 16.5-inch x 24.5-inch.

I’ve used it for rolling out pie crust, biscuit dough and cookie dough.  Makes sticky dough work easy and with less cussing when trying to lift said dough from surface.

I think every time I use it, I still thank Boy (Thanks, Bunny!) for that unexpected amazing baking gift.

Old dog, new trick: that’s me!

If you are a baker, or know a baker, who doesn’t have one of these yet, I highly recommend the purchase.  I can’t tell you how much aggravation and time this simple mat has saved me.  Worth every cent.

Santa, are you listening?  If so, add this to your “nice” list.

Happy shopping/baking, y’all!

 

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jf

Sunday 19th of October 2014

Wilton has a sheet for rolling Fondant, it fairly large and I use it all the time for making pies, it is nicely marked in circle sizes, a lot easier than a SilPat Wilton's fondant sheet can easily be rolled up to get rid of your excess flour and stores nicely too. The SilPat is great for making cookies, I wouldn't be without mine, cleans easy and takes up little space.

Patti Tucker

Sunday 19th of October 2014

I know Wilton has some great items. Never thought to look at their sheet. Thanks for the thought.

Erin Blegen

Sunday 5th of October 2014

I've been looking for something that would be easier for working with bread dough on- and I think this might work! In fact, I was gifted a Pampered Chef mat a while ago that I've never used...might have to try it out and see if it works the same. Thank-you for the info!

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Patti Tucker

Sunday 5th of October 2014

I hope it works. If it does, you'll never roll out dough the same again.

Andrea @ This Pug Life

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I discovered Silpat years and years ago while watching Martha Stewart. Love them and I bake cookies on them all the time!

Patti Tucker

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

I do love mine, even if I'm late to the club!

Joyce

Monday 29th of September 2014

I've got one too and use it only for rolling dough - what a joy!

Patti Tucker

Monday 29th of September 2014

Truly. Simply. Always!

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma

Monday 29th of September 2014

My daughter the super-cook and super-baker uses her Silpat all the time and LOVES it. But now I have to ask whether she puts it into the oven...I'm thinking maybe not.

Patti Tucker

Monday 29th of September 2014

SUPER BAKER! Love that you call her that. I don't think I'll ever use it in the oven...just can't bring myself.