Monday, April 21

Baking Buddies - Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

The New York Baking Company contacted me with an offer to test their silicone baking cups. Now, I never bake because I'm bad at it, it makes a big mess, and I don't enjoy really enjoy eating pastries. But the only thing I will bake if I ever do, is Amish Friendship Bread. The fact that the starter can be kept in your freezer for years makes baking easier for me. I made a starter in the winter of 2012 which I took out again to make muffins to test these cups.

For anyone unfamiliar with Amish Friendship Bread, similar to sourdough, it's made with a starter meant to be passed around to family and friends. You pass on a cup of your starter and the other person just needs to add one cup each of sugar, flour, and milk in order to grow the size of the starter to make more. It's a 10 day process to make the starter. More information can be found here at this website dedicated to Amish Friendship Bread

The silicone cups came out of the box like this.

There are 4 colors, 3 cups per color, for a total of 12 which fits your standard muffin tin.

I used this recipe for my muffins, which required one cup of the starter. I added walnuts, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Here's my batter in various stages. The rest of the bag went back into the freezer for next year.

Here are the filled out cups before going into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I did spray the cups with veggie oil PAM before putting the batter in. The recipe makes a little more than what the muffin tin can fit. You'll have this much plus maybe 4-5 muffins size left.

Here they are after I took them out of the oven. Phil loves these. He came downstairs excitedly saying, "I smell cinnamon, you must be making that bread again." Too bad buddy, I'm not making these again for another year.

Amish Friendship Bread is very easy to make and very delicious. I recommend you try making it if you like baking.

The silicone cups were very impressive. They pop right out of the tin and they right off of the muffins. They are easy to wash. No melting whatsoever from high heat in the oven. The only downfall is that if you used these to make cupcakes, you wouldn't want to give them away. They're not disposable like paper liners and at $10 for 12, that's $0.83 per liner and you don't want to be giving these away all the time. For muffins like what I made, it's great because I can pop my muffins out and just give them to people without a liner. Otherwise, it's a great product. Here's some information if you're interested in buying them.

Product Name: Silicone Baking Cups
Brand: The New York Baking Company
Cost: $9.95
Material: BPA free silicone
Amazon Link for purchase (affiliate link)
*The New York Baking Company sent me a complimentary package of silicone baking cups for this review but the opinions expressed are all my own.

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