Kitchen Tip: Lining Pans with Parchment

Kitchen Tips & Tricks | 19 comments

Parchment is a baker’s best friend! It has so many great uses, but I thought I’d show you one of my favorites here: How to line a baking pan with parchment. Now, you might be thinking…why would I want to do that? It’s great when you need to lift the entire whatever it is your baking, in this case – brownies, out of the pan intact.

how to line a pan with parchment paper for baking

It’s also great if the pan is vintage (like this one) and you’re not sure if you should be baking on it. The inside has a bit of rust, but it’s a super pretty presentation. There are probably other reasons, but those are the situations I find myself in most often. So here we go…

How to Line a Baking Pan with Parchment:

First, roll out your parchment paper. Place the pan on top and cut out a square (or rectangle…obviously a circle would have a different method) that is about 2 inches larger all around the edges.

how to line a pan with parchment

Next, cut a two inch slit on each of the four edges of the parchment. This will help the parchment fold neatly inside the pan. I think it helps with the end result of what you’re baking actually maintain neater edges.

how to line a pan with parchment paper - brownies

Bake per your recipe instructions and then let your final results cool if need be. Then, you can either cut a piece or two out of the pan (look – no sticking!) or lift the entire mass out at once. It’s great to be able to lift it out all at once if you need to cut everything in perfectly even servings, or want to do something like cut with cookie cutters. Viola! Works for me!

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Amanda - December 07, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Love the PAN!!! And love the ingredients!! And of course, this tip is wonderful!


  • 2
    Robyn | Add a Pinch - December 07, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Love lining with parchment. That roll of parchment is my friend!


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    bIG bOYS oVEN - December 07, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    fabulous tips, a must! :)


  • 4
    Kim - December 07, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    When I discovered parchment, my baking exponentially improved. Those brownies look quite tasty!


  • 5
    Cookbook Queen - December 07, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    What a great idea!! I often use foil for lining pans, but never parchment paper. I love it!!


  • 6
    Heather (Heather's Dish) - December 07, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    i love the effect parchment has on baked goods…they just slide right off!


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    My Man's Belly - December 07, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    And no pan to wash when you’re done. WOO HOO!!!


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    Sara Tea - December 07, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    I would cover pans in gold if it allowed me to not wash dishes :)


  • 9
    Lisa - December 07, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    I too love using parchment paper. I love your baking dish, where did you get it? Best part is no washing dishes! :)


  • 10
    LimeCake - December 07, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    I do this too! It’s fantastic and works everytime!


  • 11
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - December 07, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    Awesome tip!


  • 12
    Adelwyn - December 07, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Great! How do you do this on a bundt pan? I had a recipe call for it, and I mangled the thing!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — December 7th, 2010 @ 6:47 PM

      I honestly haven’t a clue how to do this in a bundt pan. I’ve only ever used this method for rectangular things.

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    Dana - December 07, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    Now, why have I never thought of the cutting the corners trick? I have always liked the idea of lining my pans, but wrestling the paper into the corners always made me crazy. I am totally using this one!


  • 14
    Barbara Bakes - December 08, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    I always use parchment for cookies, but never thought to line a pan with it. Great tip!


  • 15
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - December 08, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    LOVE this tip…perfect timing for holiday baking!


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    Sandra J - December 08, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Parachment paper has become my new best friend. I use it when doing ribs or wings as well as when baking. Love, love, love it. Your web site is GreaT.


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    Tickled Red - December 09, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    LOL…I need to buy stock in parchment paper from doing this so much :) Great tips for using with the vintage pan!


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