When baking there is one disposable item that I use very frequently, baking parchment. So when GOLDENSPOON sent me 2 Premium Silicone Non Stick Baking Mats I was interested as to how they would perform. Also, carrying out a Silicone Baking Mat Review was going to be interesting and fun!
Setting Out The Silicone Mat Review
After some research as to how hot Silicone bakeware can be cooked at. Since they are safe to bake up to 250C, I decided to test these vibrant green edged mats in three ways.
- First of all, bake at a high temperature – for this I choose to bake a puff pastry tart.
- Also, bake my most gooey and sticky recipe – for this I choose my Rolo Chocolate Cookies.
- And finally, use in place of baking parchment for setting messy melted chocolate – for this I covered some strawberries in chocolate to decorate a cake.
I received 2 Premium Silicone Non Stick Baking Mats, dimensions 27cm x 40cm. Following a quick wash in warm, soapy water, a quick dry and they were ready to use. And I was very pleased to find that they fitted nicely inside my two biggest, most used, baking trays.
First Test – Baking The Silicone Mat In A Hot Oven
Because puff pastry is baked at a high temperature, I decided to make a quick Asparagus Prosciutto Ham Tart.
Recipe: Asparagus Prosciutto Ham Tart serves 4
320g Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
10-12 Asparagus Spears – washed and trimmed
1 Medium Egg – whisked with a teaspoon of milk fit the egg wash
3 Medium Tomatoes – sliced
6 Slices Prosciutto Ham
Approx 50g Soft Cheese – I used Goddess Cheese from Pong Cheese. Alternatively you could use Brie, or mozzarella cheese.
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper.
1tbsp Olive Oil
Basil leaves to garnish
Assembling and baking the tart:
First of all, preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7, 425F.
Place one Premium Silicone Non Stick Baking Mat on to a baking tray.
Un roll the pastry and place directly on to the mat – removing the paper it is rolled in.
Use a pastry brush to lightly cover the pastry in egg wash.
Place the asparagus and sliced tomatoes on to the pastry and season with salt and pepper.
Place the baking tray in the top of the oven for 15 minutes.
After the baking time has elapsed remove the tray from the oven.
Break off small chunks of the cheese and scatter around the tart. Then lay the Prosciutto ham over the tart, in the same direction as the asparagus. Add a small drizzle of olive oil.
Place the tart back in the oven for 10 minutes to crisp the ham and finish baking.
As soon as the tart is baked remove, from the oven and scatter over some whole basil leaves.
Remove the tart from the silicone baking mat before cutting.
The finished result is a delicious tart, that baked beautifully on the non stick silicone baking mat. It slid off the mat easily. The mat had a quick wash in warm soapy water and was as good as new.
Fantastic! These Premium Silicone Non Stick Baking Mats cook at a high temperature with no affect on taste and no change in appearance to the mat 10/10.
Baking Rolo Cookies
Next the gooey, sticky test. I used my Rolo recipe for this test. The cookies were prepared according to the recipe and baked using both mats, instead of baking parchment, as instructed.
This recipe requires the cookies to cool on the baking trays before removing.
Once cooled the cookies removed easily, with only a little of the melted caramel staying on the mat. This is usual with baking parchment too so I had expected it. A quick wash and the mats were clean and ready to use. A firm 9/10.
Finally Test As A Baking Parchment Substitute
Now for the melted chocolate test!
The strawberries were dipped in chocolate and left to set on the silicone baking mat. Once set they removed easily and were used to decorate a beautiful cake. Another quick wash in warm soapy water and again as good as new! A firm 10/10.
In conclusion I am thrilled with these Premium Silicone Non Stick Mats and thoroughly recommend them. Since they are so easy to use for a variety of baking and cooking purposes. Also they take up very little space, I store them flat in the bag they came in on top of some tins in a cupboard.
While also reusable and in my opinion better than baking parchment, these have to be a great choice, not only for our kitchens but also our planet!
If you have enjoyed this Silicone Baking Mat Review you may like these recipes to bake with your mats:
Having carried out this Silicone Baking Mat Review I am now a complete convert to baking with silicone. I wholeheartedly recommend every kitchen, where baking takes place, to switch to these silicone baking mats. Over time they will pay for themselves and are more environmentally friendly than using baking parchment.
So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchen, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
GOLDENSPOON provided me with the 2 Premium Silicone Non Stick Baking Mats for the purpose of a review. All views and opinions are my own, as are the recipes, photographs and content of this post. I was not paid to review this product. Please see my Disclosure Policy.Share