Parchment Paper Uses
Baking 101 on on April 28 2018 by Bob's Red Mill

Parchment Paper Uses

Parchment paper is a well-loved kitchen essential for professional and home chefs and bakers alike. It’s a grease- and moisture-resistant paper that has been specifically treated for oven use. You can purchase it in bleached or unbleached varieties. Because the paper has been treated with silicone, it is nonstick, heat-resistant, and water-resistant.   Parchment paper uses are vast and varied. Baking parchment can be used to line cake pans or baking sheets to prevent sticking. It can cover your workspace to protect it from messes (like the flour-induced frenzy that happens after you roll out pizza dough) and can also be used to wrap entreé dishes like fish prior to throwing them in the oven. You can even put parchment paper down on a baking sheet before you place bacon on it for the simplest and cleanest way to cook this delectable breakfast item and forego the usual grease-filled mess. If you’re grating, zesting, or sifting, try doing so on parchment paper. That way, all you have to do is pick up the paper and allow your ingredients to fall on top of whatever dish you’re creating. If you’re lining a cake pan, a good trick is to use the bottom of the pan to trace a circle onto the parchment paper. From there, cut the piece of non-stick baking paper and place it inside the pan prior to pouring in your batter. The nonstick baking paper will prevent the cake from sticking and will prevent you, the baker, from ending up with the frustration that comes along with a stuck and unusable cake. (There’s nothing worse than pulling a beautiful cake out of the oven, only to come to the realization that the cake will not come out of the pan!) To line baking sheets, use a bit of coconut oil, butter, or spray to get the corners of the parchment paper to stick and to prevent rolling while baking. If you’re using parchment paper, the beauty of it is that your baked goods (particularly the delicate ones like cookies) will release from the pan easily and without getting stuck. If you’ve yet to try it, parchment paper baking will quickly revolutionize your entire baking experience. You can purchase parchment paper by the roll, in sheets, or in pieces that are already pre-cut depending on what size you need for your cake pan and baking sheets. Find it in the baking section of grocery stores or right here at Bob’s Red Mill.

Parchment Paper Roll (Regency)

Our professional Parchment Paper Roll is perfect for nonstick cooking and baking. It can withstand temperatures up to 450°F, and this roll (14 7/8" wide) allows for great coverage on a larger pan. This roll is 41 square feet and bleached. Keep this roll on hand for all your baking and cooking needs to provide you with the ease of knowing that you won’t run out anytime soon.

Parchment Paper Roll, Unbleached

This unbleached professional Parchment Paper Roll will come in handy in the kitchen. Line your pans with it, roll your dough out on it, and use it for cooling cookies. With this magic paper, you’ll ensure that your baked goods release from the pan and look just the way you intended. This paper is 100% biodegradable, reusable, and environmentally friendly. It is a 73 square foot roll, 15” x 59' and can be used safely in ovens and microwaves up to 450°F.

Parchment Paper (Regency) 50ct

This professional Parchment Paper has already been cut to fit our 18" x 13" baking sheets (16.25"x 12.25" actual dimensions). These half pan pieces make achieving the perfect baked good that much easier. All you have to do is place one on the baking sheet and top with your favorite batch of cookies.

Paleo BLT

This tasty Paleo BLT is dairy free, gluten free, grain free, paleo, and soy free and is easy to make thanks to our friend, parchment paper. In a small bowl, first combine Paleo Baking Flour, baking soda, and salt. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, water, and oil. Add flour to this blend and mix thoroughly. After the mix has rested for 5 minutes, portion it into four even portions and place it on oiled parchment paper. Cover with a second piece of oiled parchment. Flatten and shape the mixture then remove the top piece of parchment and slide the bottom parchment and flatbreads on to the baking sheet. Top these flatbreads with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes (and a few slices of avocado, if you’d like) and you’ll have a delicious lunch or dinner.

Perfect Pizza Crust

This recipe for Perfect Pizza Crust can be found on our bags of Artisan Bread Flour. After your dough has been kneaded and allowed to rise, you’ll oil two 10-inch pizza pans (or line two baking sheets) with parchment paper. Then, divide the dough and form each piece into a disk before placing the disks on the prepared pan. Gently press and stretch the dough and top with the sauce and toppings of your choice. When your pizza makes its way out of the oven, you can slice into it and rest assured that those lovely pieces of pizza will certainly not be sticking to the pan.

Paleo Pizza Crust

Here’s another path to perfect pizza crust — only this time, it’s paleo. For this Paleo Pizza Crust, you’ll first combine Paleo Baking Flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, you’ll whisk together eggs, water, and oil. Then, add the flour blend and mix. After the mixture rests for 5 minutes, you can roll the dough out and shape it between two pieces of oiled parchment paper (just as we did in the Perfect Pizza Crust recipe above). Then, remove and discard the top piece of parchment and slide the bottom parchment and pizza crust on to the baking sheet. Add your favorite toppings, let bake, and enjoy! Let rest for 5 minutes.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These delightful Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies are made with just six ingredients — Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, peanut butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, baking soda, and egg. To make a sweet recipe even sweeter, there are only two directions to create these amazing cookies. After mixing the ingredients together, you’ll roll into 1-inch balls and press lightly with a fork to create that iconic and classic cross-hatch pattern. Then, bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 8-10 minutes. Watch them slide off the parchment when they’re done baking, and enjoy them warm with a glass of cold milk.

Homemade Gluten Free Confetti Cake

Adding sprinkles transforms our Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix into a whimsical and color-filled party cake fit for any gathering. For this recipe, create a batter using the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, vanilla, extract, almond extract, and sprinkles. Before placing this batter in two 9-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper. After your cake bakes and cools, it will slide out easily and be ready for decorating. Create a simple frosting with powdered sugar and butter — just don’t forget those rainbow-hued sprinkles!

Paleo Cake

This Paleo Cake is made with Paleo Baking Flour, baking soda, salt, eggs, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Like the previous cake recipe, you’ll line the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with pan spray. If you’re using parchment paper that isn’t pre-cut, try the trick we wrote about at the beginning of the article — just flip the pan over and outline the size and shape of it with a pen or pencil before cutting it to size. For a paleo-friendly chocolate ganache, try melting together 4 ounces of dark chocolate with 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk.  Whisk until smooth and drizzle over the cake for a decadent dessert.

Sugar Cookies (Gluten Free)

This recipe for basic Sugar Cookies is ideal for holidays and special occasions. After shaping the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and allow it to chill for at least 1 hour. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and when the dough is ready, place it between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Remove and replace parchment paper as needed. Parchment paper is loved by bakers and chefs for the convenience and ease it adds to baking and cooking. Whether you’re buying it by the roll or already cut into specific sizes, this kitchen essential will drastically alter life in the kitchen as you know it. Perhaps you’re using it for cookies, pizza doughs, or to line your cake pans — whatever the reason, once you start using parchment paper, you’ll never look back. From all of us at Bob’s Red Mill, we’re wishing you a stress-free, mess-free, convenience filled kitchen experience. What are some of your favorite ways to use parchment paper? Share them with us in the comments below!

1 Comment

  1. Pacman
    This article is has misinformation. Parchment does not typically contain silicone unless specified. Its actually chemically treated with quilon. There are specific brands that market and sell silicone coated paper, its clearly labeled as such.

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