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)
- 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!