A couple months ago I decided I needed to upgrade my baking equipment.
I’d purchased a couple of AirBake cookie sheets soon after we were married, and eventually they became filled with water from the dishwasher, warped and disintegrated. One met its end after a pizza got inexorably stuck to it and, not wanting to deal with it, we ended up leaving it outside for most of the winter until we remembered to throw it out. Cookie sheet fail.
I was willing to spend a little extra money on upgrading to a nice set of cookie sheets if they would last. I did some research, measured our oven so I knew I could get two in on one rack, and decided on medium Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pans. I decided on these because a) they had really good reviews, b) I’m not a fan of non-stick coatings, and these are “traditional uncoated,” and c) they have a 25-year warranty.
Since I’ve started following food blogs, I’ve learned about Silpat non-stick baking mats made from silicone and fiberglass. Everything I read indicated that they were amazing, so I found mats that would fit my new cookie sheets perfectly.
Both the cookie sheets and mats arrived just in time for a trial by fire when I attempted (and failed) at making brandy snaps and baked excessive amounts of naan. The brandy snap failure was my fault, but the sheets and mats performed beautifully.
I’m really happy with my choices. Do you have favourite baking equipment?