“ Brand: Cookworks / Product Type: Baking Set „
I am new to the cooking and baking world and thought I'd give silicon a try, as I was sick of things sticking to "non stick" pans and trays.
I bought this set from Argos for £19.99.
The set includes two sandwich tins (20cm diameter), a muffin/cake tray (28.5cm) and a loaf tin (27cm). All of which are dishwasher safe.
I first tried out one of the sandwich tins and made a frittata. I was mortified as I realised whilst it was in the oven baking that I had forgotten to put oil in the tin before putting my mixture in, as the recipe stated, and thought it would all be stuck to the tin and it would be a disaster. To my delight, the frittata came out of the tin with absolute ease, it didn't stick at all!
With having flexible sides, it makes getting things out of the silicon so easy, I don't think I'll ever go back to metal again!
I have since used the muffin tray and the loaf tin, and I am delighted with all of them.
Since I have got engaged I have turned into a bit of a domestic goddess (dont laugh!) and have been dong loads of home cooking and baking in a bid to save some money. I will admit that I am not the best cook in the world but have been giving it a go and enjoying it a lot. I was moaning one day to my fiance that I wanted to get Cookworks Signature Silicone Baking Kit as I loved the look of it but was a bit skint.
I dont know if it was because he was tired of me moaning about it (probably this reason) or wanted me to make him some buns but he bought me it and gave me it as a little gift. I was really delighted with it as I had wanted it for a while and as red is one of my favourite colours, this was the first thing that really attracted me to it. It is available from Argos and costs £19.99 which I personally think is worth every penny now that I have been using it quite a lot.
The set comes with 2 Sandwich tins (20cm diameter), a 1Ib loaf tin - 27 x 12 x 6.5cm and 2 x 6 muffin tins - 28.5x 19 x 5cm. I dont really make many loafs to be honest so would use the sandwich and muffin tins the most. They are silicone so are soft to the the touch and feel really bouncy and rubbery unlike normal boring cake tins which are hard to the touch.
The thing that I completely love about these is the fact that nothing sticks to them - hooray! I have lost count of the number of cake disasters I have had where I have spent ages making a cake only for it to stick itself selfishly to the bottom of the tin and leave me with something resembling a crumbly mess more than an actual cake.
Equally hateful is trying to scrape the burnt on cake off the bottom of the pan when it has decided to cling onto it for dear life. No amount of soaking usually works in my case so I have been known to attack the bottom of the tin with a knife, not very attractive and a right pain! So anyway, this set is amazing! I have not baked one single thing in them that has stuck whatsoever and I actually look like I know what I am doing when out pops nice spongy muffins ready to eat and not crumbling into bits. Oh what I would have given to have this set years ago!
They are also really easy to clean and literally they just need a quick rinse in warm soapy water and they are as good as new again, no attacking them with a knife to scrape off any crud. Having this set has actually made me want to bake more as I feel more confident using them than a normal metal tin. They are also dishwasher safe ( now all I need is a dishwasher!) and have a 5 year guarantee which I am pretty confident I will not even need.
My only criticism about this set is that as they are made of silicone and a lot more floppy and bouncy than a metal tin, they are a little tricky at first to get in the oven without spilling the mixture but in my opinion, this is a small price to pay as I feel it doesnt take long to master and the cons definitely outweigh the pros. I would recommend this set to anyone who likes baking or buy it for your other half and try to get them to make you some yummy muffins.
I really enjoying baking, it is my favorite hobby. I am by no means an expert, and very much still a beginner, but theone thing I didn't enjoy about it was metal cake tins. I just couldn't get the amount of greasing quite right. I would either 'shallow fry' my brownies, or end up with them stuck firmly to the tin. Needless to say, my presentation was never perfect!
My Aunty bought this silicon set for me for Christmas. It came around with the book fair at her work and she paid approx fifteen pounds for the set, which includes two shallow round trays, a loaf tray and two muffin trays. They are all the same colour, red. The silicon feels funny. It is a soft osft of rubber, very flexible. It feels a bit wobbly. It also feels like you shouldn't be putting it in the oven, but I did read somewhere it was safe upto, over 300 degrees. Having since used the trays many times I can safely say they are 'safe' in the oven.
The idea is you make your cake as usual and then instead of pouring it into a metal tray you pour it into one of these. You do not need to grease it, or use baking paper, they are fine as they are, for use after use. When you pour the mixture in, as the trays are not firm they do feel very wobbly and it is possible you many have an accident, so I often put it on a baking tray and then into the oven.
This keeps it firm and avoids spillages.
The cakes take no longer to bake, no differences there.
When the cake comes out of the oven you would not believe how easy it is to get them out of their cases. They just peel out really easily. No mess, no struggle and no damage to the cakes appearance. This case makes such a difference to cake baking.
I have to say, with cupcakes I still prefer to cook them in traditional paper cases, as I prefer the appearance.
Washing up requires a soak in warm water to get the bits off, after that I normally put them back in the dishwasher just to make sure 100% of the grease is removed. The cases discolour slightly over time, but nothing to worry about.
I love baking, my cakes are always well received and I enjoy making them so when my cake tin started to leak a year ago I was stuck. I looked about trying to find a spring form tin and couldn't find one that wasn't (on the rare occasions that I would come across one) horrendously expensive.
I had searched on Argos' website before but did again as they had new and different stock with the catalogue change. There on the screen before me was a silicone baking set for £19.99. I wouldn't have spent that on one tin but it was a set of two sandwich tins (can I call them tins?!), two mini muffin trays and a small loaf tin.
They are bright red, easy to find in the back of the cupboard! To the touch they are really rather odd, wobbly and very tactile. I think they should be a little thicker as getting them in and out of the oven is a little difficult as they move about in a similar way to thin rubber.
The sandwich tins are a great size and make a nice sized family cake. I did however find that my apple cakes ended up cracked from being removed from the oven, for the reason above. I haven't done a normal sponge in them yet but when I do I will let you know if the same is true. My apple cake contains lots of chunks of apple so is more likely to suffer with this problem.
The loaf tin made a nice small cake, it did bow out slightly and I think if it was used for bread it wouldn't stay in shape very well at all. This one is easier to get in and out of the oven and so there were no cracks in it. This turns out very easily and will be used for cakes quite a bit I think.
The muffin trays really are miniature! These will not make more than a mouthful and are VERY wobbly so getting them in and out of the oven is a nightmare. I have taken to putting them on top of my grill pan so that I don't have to disturb them.
These are dishwasher safe but they are easy enough to wash up. They can also be frozen which could be handy for some as cake is very freezeable.
All in all I am pleased with these but they do seem cheap, where they are so flimsy. I do recommend them though.
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