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Silicone Baking for the First Time

I tried something new over the weekend. If you are a regular reader of Ozarks Maven, you know how I hate wasting things. I had two overly ripe bananas that I didn’t want to throw away. I usually make banana bread with such bananas. I was feeling froggy that day and wanted to do something a little different.

I got out my trusty cook books and looked for various banana recipes. I found several recipes that looked really good, but they require more than two bananas. Therefore, I turned to the world wide web where you can find just about any answer if you look hard enough. I searched several sites before I came across something that was different than anything I’ve made before and required the use of exactly two bananas.

I followed the instructions carefully, but had a conundrum when I discovered that my 8 x 8 Pyrex pan is missing. I looked everywhere for it. I don’t know if one of my kids has it, a different family member has it, I left it somewhere, or it was broken and discarded without my knowledge.

I was desperately searching for something that would work out mathematically when I ran across my silicone cake pan that I had never used. It just happens to be an 8 x 8 pan as required for the recipe, so I gave it a shot. It was one of those things that I bought from a school fundraiser to support some function a coworker’s kid had. I brought it home, put it away, and forgot I had it.

There was only one problem. I’d never cooked with silicone before. I immediately launched into an internet search to try to figure out how different cooking with silicone is from cooking with glass.

The information I found said to follow the cooking recipe instructions like I was using a regular baking dish. The only differences are that a silicone pan must be used on a cookie sheet and cooled thoroughly on a wire rack. I was quite capable of both of those things, so I proceeded.

The breakfast bars turned out better than I could have dreamed. They cooled quickly, and the silicone pan cleaned up very well. It’s dishwasher safe, but I just went ahead and hand washed it since I had some other hand wash only things to clean.

I was quite impressed with my silicone pan, and I will probably buy more cookware of the same ilk. I have silicone muffin pans I’ve never used. I may put those in service soon. Don’t get me wrong, I will be replacing my 8 x 8 Pyrex baking dish soon.

Pyrex is a staple in my kitchen without which I would be lost. To quote my stepdaughter from when she was a little girl, “My head just doesn’t feel right without it.” We won’t mention the fact that she was talking about ice cream.

While I was hesitant to use the silicone pan, I’m really glad I did. I’m rarely afraid to try new things in the kitchen, but I won’t be replacing my good old standbys anytime soon. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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