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Using a springform pan

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The springform pan makes life easier for bakers everywhere
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How can a springform pan improve your baking experience?

The springform pan is a fabulous invention that makes life easier for bakers both professional and novice everywhere. Tired of baking a cake and having it fall apart when you try to remove it from the pan? Read on to find out how to use a springform pan to improve your own baking experience.

What is a Springform Pan?

A springform pan is a two-piece pan with removable sides and bottom. It has a round base and sides that are formed by an interlocking band that is usually two to three inches high. The brilliance of the pan is the latch, which allows the sides to easily open and close meaning that the springform pan puts an end to fighting to get your cake out of the baking pan in its original form.

The pan pieces are put together for baking and then, once the contents have cooked and cooled, the band is opened and removed leaving the cake safely in one piece, on the bottom. Springform pans are perfect for delicate confections, as well as for those stubborn cheesecakes and tortes that often refuse to leave their pans in one piece.

The standard springform pan comes with one base: a round platform that can be smooth or dimpled with waffle-like indentations. The flat bottom works well for cakes and the dimpled bottom works well with crumb crusts or heavy concoctions. These two pieces are interchangeable.

Caring for a Springform Pan

The original springform pan is made of tinned steel. The tin coating covers the steel to help prevent rust. After washing, it is important to dry the pan completely. After using a springform pan, it is a good idea to place it back in the oven at low heat after washing and drying to ensure thorough dryness. Note that springform pans also come in stainless steel, aluminum and non stick.

Using a Springform Pan

Using a springform pan to make the perfect cheesecake is easy. Simply line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and pack the crust down on the bottom. (The parchment paper will allow you to remove the cake from the bottom of the pan so you can use the pan right away to bake something else). Pour the filling over the crust and bake. Some cheesecakes require that the pan be set in water to chill; however, due to the construction of a springform pan, if this method is applied the pan will leak. To avoid this, simply wrap the pan in two layers of aluminum foil. It is a good idea to wrap the pan in aluminum foil with all kinds of cakes to be sure that batter does not leak out.

Alternatively, place the springform pan on a cooking sheet when baking to catch the leaks. Another handy idea to consider when using a springform pan is to place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and then place a pan of water on the bottom rung of the oven. The water will help minimize the cracking in the top of the cheesecake.

Types of Springform Pans

Springform pans are available in a number of sizes, 9 and 10-inch ones being the most common. There are also mini-springform pans available to make tarts and small cakes.

No matter what size or style you choose, a springform pan will be sure to ease your stress in the kitchen and help your cakes come out picture perfect. Happy baking!

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