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Want to know the secret to perfectly cut brownies or bars? We’re showing you How to Make a Parchment Paper Sling so you can get those nice clean slices from your next batch of Raspberry Breakfast Bars, Brownies or Funfetti Blondies!
How to Make a Parchment Paper Sling
If you’ve ever wondered how to get baked goods cleanly and easily out of the dish than this is for you! You’ll never have to deal with the hassle of trying to dig your baked good out of the pan (and possibly scratching it). Using a parchment paper sling to easily get your baked goods out of the pan will ensure easy removal and that you can cut neat, clean slices of your brownies, cookie bars or oatmeal bakes!
We have found that just one strip of parchment with with excess overhang on two sides is all that is needed to be able to lift up most baked goods, instead of using two pieces, or stuffing in 1 large piece with creases. Scroll on down for a step-by-step guide for How to Make a Parchment Paper Sling.
Step 1: Cut your parchment paper to size
Photo 1, 2 and 3: Take out piece of parchment and line the end of the parchment up with the baking dish. No need to get a ruler or do any math! To make the correct size strip of parchment for your baking dish cut a straight line from the other edge of the pan.
Step 2: Spray the dish with cooking spray so parchment paper sticks and doesn’t flop over
Photo 4: You can spray the whole dish if the recipe calls for it, or you can just spray the area where you want the parchment paper to stick.
Step 3: Press the parchment paper to the bottom and up the sides.
Photo 5, 6, 7 : Place parchment paper inside and press edges up agains the dish, making sure the excess parchment is hanging over the edges.
Step 4: Get your recipe ready!
Photo 8: Voila! Now after you have baked up your next batch of brownies or raspberry bars, you can easily pop the whole batch out and cut them with nice and neat lines!
Tips for Cutting Neat Slices
You already know our biggest tip for cutting super neat slices from your baked goods: use a parchment paper sling! But check out these few extra tips tips we have for you for making the neatest slices:
- Let it cool! Cutting anything hot is bound to be messy. Let your baked good cool to close to room temperature, or place it in the refrigerator to cool down!
- Warm up the knife! While you don’t want the baked goods to be hot, a hot knife cuts through the cold baked good easier. Warm your knife under hot water. Just make sure to wipe it off so it is dry. You can do it several times while cutting if you need to.
- Clean your knife between slices! Once you cut something a knife gets sticky with crumbs. To prevent those crumbs from transferring onto the slices, clean the knife in between each slice. Use a damp towel to wipe it clean, preferably warm (as described above!)
- If you are cutting a square shape and want to get even slices without using a ruler always cut down the middle! Make your first cut directly down the middle. Then cut each half in half down the middle. This of course only works if you are looking to make an even amount of slices.
- Sometimes things like brownies have raised edges. If you wanted a very even appearance you could trim the edges of the baked good first. Then, save the scraps for yourself!