How to Line a Pan With Parchment Paper

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Bakers have long used parchment paper in the preparation of their recipes. Parchment paper helps prevent food from sticking to metal pans and makes it easier to remove delicate baked foods and roasted entrees from baking pans. The paper also simplifies cleaning the pans after cooking. Unfortunately, some cooks may find getting the parchment paper to fit some pans to be challenging. This is especially true of round cake pans. With a few simple techniques, anyone can skillfully use parchment paper for expert results.

Lining a Square or Rectangular Pan With Parchment Paper

Invert your baking pan on a flat and stable surface. Cut off a piece of parchment paper that is 1 or 2 inches larger than your pan. Center the paper over the inverted pan and use your hands to mold the paper to the sides of it. Crease the paper where it overlaps the edges.

Remove the paper and turn the pan over. Drop in the creased paper. It should fit easily. Trim the edges of the paper, if desired, until the edges slightly extend over the sides of the pan.

Pour the dough or batter you are baking into the lined pan and bake in the oven as directed.

Remove the pan after the food has been cooked and allow the pan to cool for several minutes. Turn off the oven. You should be able to touch the pan comfortably before removing the recipe food the pan.

Grasp the edges of the parchment paper and carefully remove the prepared recipe from the pan. Place the food on a large dish or serving platter and discard the used parchment paper. Serve the food along with any other components of your meal.

Lining a Round Pan With Parchment Paper

Tear off a square piece of parchment paper that is slightly larger than the circular pan you want to use. Invert the pan on a flat and stable working surface.

Fold the paper in half to form a rectangle, then fold the rectangle in half again to make a square (the corners do not have to line up perfectly). Fold the square diagonally to make a triangle and crease it firmly. Place one of the two smaller, sharper points of the triangle in the center of the inverted pan and use scissors to trim any paper that extends over the edge of the pan.

Unfold the paper to reveal the round shape. If your circle is too large to fit in the round pan, refold it into a triangle and repeat the trimming process in Step 2.

Spray a thin layer of cooking spray on the inside of the round pan. The round parchment paper doesn't have edges that extend over the sides to help keep the paper in place, so this step is important. Place the round piece of parchment inside the pan and press it down gently to help it adhere to the pan.

Pour or place the dough or batter you're baking in the pan. Bake in the oven as directed. At the end of the cooking period, allow the recipe to cool until it can be easily touched. Remove your food from the pan and discard the used parchment paper.