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what do we think to silcione bakeware?

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camflower Sun 09-Jan-11 21:53:16

i don't do much baking (ok, practically none!) but i was in a kitchen shop with a bit of a cooking head on and i was eyeing up all these brightly coloured silicone cake tins and loaf tins etc thinking that maybe if i owned lovely things like that i would do more baking!! ok, i know i probably wouldn't but they look like a good idea. anyone swear by silicone? or wouldn't touch it with a barge pole??

RenniesFromHeaven Sun 09-Jan-11 21:54:53

It looks pretty but it's poo.

Because what's a cupcake when you take it out of the cupcake wrapper? A bun.

And the icing goes everywhere.

Stick to paper!

QueenGigantaurofMnet Sun 09-Jan-11 21:55:05

I have a couple of bits but i only use them when baking with the DC. if i am making anything thathas to be done properly i use my proper baking tins.

If im honest i really dislike the silicone stuff. but the kids find it easier.

CuppaTeaJanice Sun 09-Jan-11 21:57:34

I don't trust it hmm. It looks like it would melt at the faintest whiff of oven heat. And it's so.....erm.....floppy.

RenniesFromHeaven Sun 09-Jan-11 21:58:39

It's plastic, it would survive thermonuclear war.

ChickensAreFlyingUnderTheRadar Sun 09-Jan-11 22:01:05

I'm not keen. Have used a silicon cake tin, and the cake became welded to the bottom. Hard to turn something out when the 'thing' is floppy.

boogeek Sun 09-Jan-11 22:01:13

Agree with the others - looks pretty but tins are better. For example, cakes done in my silicon loaf tin come out all bulgy because it let's them rise out as well as up . Having said that, if having lovely bright silicon stuff will persuade you to bake, go for it!

Kbear Sun 09-Jan-11 22:01:26

don't like - nothing better than crashing around a cupboard full of baking tins looking for the exact one - silicone is silent and therefore not therapeutic when one wants to crash around with a few tins of an evening LOL

RenniesFromHeaven Sun 09-Jan-11 22:05:01

But I wouldn't want everything silicone in my life replaced with aluminium.

That could become inconvenient quite quickly.

camflower Sun 09-Jan-11 22:12:43

lol rennies grin

so looks like a no to silicone (if i can even manage to spell it right). seems we are talking style over substance. maybe i could have a nice lime green melamine mixing bowl instead ...

RenniesFromHeaven Sun 09-Jan-11 22:14:36

Yes, the stacky ones are quite nice, the ones that fit into each other and are different colours?

I quite covet them.

camflower Mon 10-Jan-11 09:40:50

those are the ones - lots of lovely bright colours. i'm sure my mixing would be much better in one of those than my nasty cheap white plastic one with peeling interior!

RenniesFromHeaven Mon 10-Jan-11 11:04:51

We love our multi purpose plastic bowl.

'Why are you making cakes in the sick bowl, mummy?'

'Ssssshhhh darling, remember the dishwasher gets nice and hot'.

GlynistheMenace Mon 10-Jan-11 11:09:59

I have some silicon 'tins' and haven't used them yet, do you have to butter them like a conventional tin?

I stupidly bought some on a whim have some lovely novelty ones, and haven't plucked up the courage to use them yet........

gorionine Mon 10-Jan-11 11:12:09

I do not swear by silicone, I swear at silicone! Nor good at all for Yorkshire puddings unless you really like having more batter on your floor than in the oven!

moocowme Mon 10-Jan-11 11:13:59

i found that you needed to adjust the temperature and cooking times when you used silicone. traditional ones are what most recipes are designed for. but once you use them a bit you can adjust, and try to remember to write down what you changed.

HopeForTheBest Mon 10-Jan-11 11:15:24

I've never used one, but my MIL has some and she says they are great.

I can't get over the way they feel: like something you'd find in a hospital, possibly during some sort of vaguely unpleasant bladder procedure...
<talking nonsense>

PocketMouse Mon 10-Jan-11 11:18:43

camflower silicone is rubbish - you have to put it on a baking tray anyway as it's so floppy. Pig to wash as well.

If you want brightly coloured things that are actually useful, then Joseph Joseph is what you need grin

(I have the 8 nest mixing bowl and use lots)

RenniesFromHeaven Mon 10-Jan-11 11:41:48

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Nest-Food-Preparati on-Multi-Colour/dp/B001F0RULQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen &ie=UTF8&qid=1294659663&sr=1-3

??

Oooohhhh.... baking porn....

trice Mon 10-Jan-11 11:44:49

it tastes of dishwasher after a couple of washes and taints the food. get some nice mermaid cake tins and liners from lakeland instead.

GoldFrakkincenseAndMyrrh Mon 10-Jan-11 11:51:45

See I love my silicone bakeware. I have been know to line them with little paper cases when I want to ice though.

You do need to adjust temperatures and I handwash mine to prevent the dishwasher taint I've heard of.

For things like madeleines and financiers you can't beat them.

Yes you need to put them on a baking tray and no, not great for Yorkshire puds!

<in love with Joseph Joseph - half the stuff was on my wedding list>

PocketMouse Mon 10-Jan-11 11:53:10

That's the one Rennies (nice name btw)

acumenin Mon 10-Jan-11 16:02:25

I have some and tbh I think they smell peculiar. I only really use the flexible mat to do biscuits on. My loaf tin just bulges out and the cake not-tins taste of the dishwasher.

stealthsquiggle Mon 10-Jan-11 16:11:03

stacking multi-coloured melamine mixing bowls far more satisfactory than silicone bakeware - especially if they have rubber bases so they don't slip.

goldetc - LOL at "madeleines and financiers" - are you living the life I wish I had? I bake quite a lot, but not "things like madeleines and financiers"grin

GoldFrakkincenseAndMyrrh Mon 10-Jan-11 16:36:10

That does sound slightly poncetasric doesn't it?

Mitigating circs - they're dead simple and you can cook big batches quickly, I live in France, DH's job means we entertain a lot!

Silicone bakeware is a lifesaver for little things that stick and the shale is important. Flip it tray, prod it, they fall out!

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