Have you ever fumbled with parchment paper while trying to line a baking pan and cover all four sides of the pan? Can’t get it the right size or have to cut too much off, wasting expensive parchment paper?
Tired of using two layers of parchment paper just to get all four sides covered - one to go one way and the other to go the other way in order to have the paper run up above all the sides? And, if you use only one layer to cover all four sides, then there is a lot of bunching in each of the four corners that can affect the outcome of your product. It can be a battle and beastly conundrum. ARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!
Well, here’s the easiest way I’ve ever fit a one-layer tight fitting parchment paper to a four-sided baking pan like a square cake pan. With this version, you’ll have less cutting and use much less paper than if you were cutting two pieces to fit your pan. Plus, it will fit PERFECTLY!
Place your pan on top of the parchment paper.
Trim the paper so the paper reaches up above all four sides by an inch. For instance, if the sides are two inches high on each side, cut the paper about 3 inches from the bottom edge of the pan on all four sides. You will end up with a large square of parchment paper, as shown in the photo.
Cut out a square at each corner, at each of the four corners, as shown in the photo.
Spread a little butter or spray oil around the inside of the pan, including all four sides and the bottom. This will hold the parchment paper in place while you pour in the batter or arrange the dough.
Place the parchment paper inside the pan, folding the sides up each side of the pan.
Voila! Now the paper will remain in place while you pour in the batter or arrange the dough for your recipe. Plus, it'll be easy to life out your cake, brownies, or other baked goods.
So, untap your cooking skills and “Bake your own Memories!”