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Hey, guys! I was just wondering what parchment paper is for & whether or not it really is necessary? Won't my baked goods be just as yummy if I bake them directly on my stoneware w/out any parchment paper? Thanks!
The Pretzel Wreath recipe calls for it to put the wreaths on to dry. I did use it on the Peppermint Fudge Cookies that called for it on the Large Bar Pan. I like that is requires less cleanup! It also makes a great place for my DGS to put his playdough! LOL!
You can line stoneware with it. If you cut a circle to fit the round stone you can even make a brownie on that stone! If you don't use parchment you will have brownie all over the bottom of the oven but if you use it and spread the brownie to about an inch from the edge it will stay on the stone and make a great base for a brownie pizza, for instance. I sometimes line cake pans or stoneware with it so I can easily lift it out of the pan in one piece for certain recipes.
I also line the bar pan with parchment, put bacon on it and then cover it with more parchment to cook the bacon in the oven (or microwave with the smaller bar pans) without the splatter mess.
I use parchment on stoneware when I am baking cookies too. Because it is so easy to slip one batch off and another batch on. Parchment can be re-used, so I use two sheets of parchment, one stone, and can do multiple batches of cookies very quickly!
If you want to bake a cake in the bar pan for a jelly roll, or pumpkin roll, then you need to use parchment for that too.
Just don't do the stupid thing I did and use wax paper instead! My head was gone that day, and I ended up with a smoking stone in the oven during my 3rd batch!!! The house stunk up and I had to air it out and it was VERY cold outside!