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i would like to know what are delia's views on silicone bakeware and if there are any pitfalls whilst using them.
Can't find anything Delia has said about them on this site. I like them fine; pies etc just pop out when you bend the "tins".
I have just used silicone bakeware for the first time and I am not impressed one bit. I used 2 for a sandwich cake and both stuck on the bottom really badly. It was so flexible it was really difficult to turn them out onto the cooling rack. Back to the faithful old tins, Im afraid I wont be using them again.
I have also tried different types of silicone bakeware and I wasn't impressed. When I baked a fruit loaf it was all out of shape and cup cakes didn't come out too well -the bottom stuck. I now stick to my good solid non-stick tins and use the magic liner from Lakeland to line them on the bottom and grease around the sides. I use the loaf tin liners for my fruit loafs - wouldn't be without them.
I know what you mean - I think there are different types. I have one thick blue bundt ring mould which is fab, also a grey flan mould which is far too floppy - I don't use that one much cos it makes me cross! I have a little mini 18 hole mould which is good for mini muffins. I have never found they work for pastry, but are ok for anything with lots of fat in, or oil based batter cakes. Trial & error perhaps?
I have 2, for different sizes of individual pies. They are orange in colour and never stick even slightly. Not that I have trouble with regular tins anyway. I vaguely recall you grease them a little for the 1st use only.
well i have a 2lb loaf tin silicone container and i love it.I have 2 23cm round cake tins in silicone and i hate them.I also have a fairy cake tin in silicone and i also can not get on with that either.but the loaf tin - is marvellous, i use it for bread, cakes, terrines, meatloafs.you do need to place these on a rigid tray when in the oven as they do go floppy - you MUST use the rim supporter, or the silicone distorts slightly in the oven and wobbles when placing your item on the baking sheet.you do still need to grease, i tend to drop some oil onto a piece of kitchen paper, then wipe it around, no more than that and have had no sticking issues. apparently it can be put in dishwasher - but i have never tried it, justa rinse in hot sopay water and hey presto as good as new - my loaf tin, i have had for about 2-3 years now (was actually a gift from a DOL member) and has had multiple uses and still looks like new.i think i just have bad silicone cake tins - Techinque - as i simply can;t get on with them, and my cakes always ending up breaking. The loaf tin, is unbranded, least i can;t find a brand name on it.obviously there is very little weight in the silicone stuff, and its bendy so you can shove it in cupboards etc, rather than having an over flowing tin cupboard that clatters and falls out when you opent he cupboard door, it wont rust and requires little elbow grease in the cleaning stakes.totally depends want you want out of your silicone product, but i think for the time being i will stick with my tins. I wouldn;t buy one for myself - but would try it if it was brought for me, lol.
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