The hardest part about baking may be simply waiting for your creations to cool before digging in. While the temptation to indulge in a cookie that's just come out of the oven may be enticing, doing so could burn your tongue or cause the delicate dough to crumble before it even touches your lips. That's where cooling racks come into play.
Standard cooling racks are designed to give baked goods a place to chill (quite literally) after coming out of the oven. They're typically perforated, unlike standard baking sheets, to allow air to circulate around cookies, cakes, and patisseries. This helps them maintain their desired textures and prevents impatient eaters from burnt tongues.
While you still have to transfer freshly baked goods from a baking sheet onto a cooling rack (a task rife with potential disasters), Silpat developed a way to make this pesky step a little easier. The brand known for its pastry chef- and food editor-approved silicone baking mats created a baking pan that doubles as a cooling rack, and you can find it on Amazon for $42.
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To buy: Silpat Cook N' Cool Baking Tray, $42 at amazon.com
Silpat's Cook N' Cool baking tray was designed to work in tandem with the brand's popular nonstick mats. It's perforated for even heat distribution while baking and proper air circulation while cooling. You can set it down flat and layer any Silplat mat or mold on top to bake. Then remove the silicone mat, flip the pan over to stand it up on its elevated sides, and top with fresh baked goods to cool. Best of all, cleanup is a cinch thanks to the aluminum pan's nonstick finish—it's even dishwasher-safe.
Amazon reviewers confirm that the pan is easy to use and clean. One shopper called them "the best pans I've ever purchased," adding that "the price makes sense once you receive and use them." And another noted that the dual purpose pan comes in handy if you're limited on kitchen storage space.
Whether you're a baking novice or a seasoned professional, Silpat's perforated baking tray is a great investment. It's fit to handle family chocolate chip cookie recipes and complicated patisserie creations alike. No matter what you're making, it'll help you make and cool both sweet and savory bakes to perfection.