Friday, December 14, 2012

Baking 101



I am sure I have mentioned here the fact I always loved to help my mother when she baked.
These are some of the most vivid memories I have as a child.


One of my tasks was to 'line' the cake/loaf pans with parchment paper
to help prevent the cake or loaf from sticking to the pan.


Last week while helping to clear out my parent's house, the kitchen
was 'my room' to sort out. Much to my surprise and well-hidden
way in the back of a bottom cupboard were these two pans.


These were the ones on which I learned to grease and line!
I thought these were long gone. 


The round one is made of tin I believe and is your basic cake pan.
 I can only imagine how many birthday cakes were made in this one.


There is nothing fancy about it. I used it the other day
and baked the family birthday cake....it came out really well!


The loaf pan is a little fancier with its pressed design. After a good
scouring it too will be ready to try out with a 'date and nut' loaf.

As was suggested by Ivan in Normandy, France 
using a tin pan can make all the difference.
Right again, Ivan. And thanks.



29 comments:

  1. What great treasures to have of your Mother's!

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  2. Lovely tins, Jim, I too have some that were my Mum's , your tin with designs is beautiful, and I can almost smell a gingerbread loaf. I will send you tomorrow a never fail recipe for just that. Cheers from jean

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    1. Jean, you must have been reading my mind! I am looking for a good gingerbread recipe...so thanks so much! You are a sweetheart!

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  3. That is a beautiful discovery! Something from your past to cherish, and to remind you of happy moments you spent with your mom.

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    1. You know Martha when I saw these last week it was like I was 10 years old again and I knew exactly what had to done to these pans.....time is so weird like that!

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  4. Each time you bake you will have good memories of baking with your mother. The older pans always work much better.

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    1. So much for the newish ones I've been using, mostly glass ones.

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  5. How the simplest of things can hold such special memories resurrected by the humble cake tin. Good baking.

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    1. So true! I can get pretty excited about the simplest of things.

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  6. How wonderful to have rediscovered these artifacts from your childhood! A real link to your past and your Mom. Anything baked in them will taste extra-special.

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    1. As I had mentioned my Mom and I spent a lot of time together in the kitchen and this will definitely bring back those good memories.

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  7. I swear, you find the best things! Nothing like treasures from the past.
    I made my loaf bread in old pans from post WWII all the years that I baked - nothing better for baking and all around browning! I have newer ones that I've had to use (big batch) but they don't turn out nearly as 'pretty'.

    Lovely useful treasures and memories! Happy baking to you.

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    1. Some things from the past are worth holding on to I guess.

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  8. What wonderful memories to have and so great that you have rediscovered those pans.
    My husband does all the cooking and baking ever since I made Surprise Muffins (the surprise was that they caught fire in the oven) and my piece de resistance - Tuna Foo Young (blech!). :)

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    1. LOL! Your own personal chef, how nice Pat! I get the picture, best leave the cooking alone!!

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  9. Hi Jim,
    Those tins are amazing, they make the best cakes as that bloke you mentioned says and that pressed design I have never seen, love it. I adore old bake ware but it isn't always that well kept - yours is priceless with the memories attached and in good condition!!
    Have a good weekend and thanks for the shout out!
    Ivan
    (I've been icing my Christmas cake - I was having too much fun, I'm 7 again!!)

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    1. My Mom made her dark fruit cake (Christmas cake) in this round tin every year....my fav!
      You are welcome. 7 was a good age!!

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  10. Hi Jim, I have some catching up to do after a crazy week! What fun to go to your blog and find these pictures of your mother's baking pans! They are beautiful! There is something about continuity and keeping the traditions of the past alive in the present. Just reading your post and the comments has made my mouth water! Have a good day!

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    1. Time to whip up something Louise to satiate that hunger!!

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    2. I was out stocking up on baking supplies this afternoon! I especially enjoy baking on Sunday mornings when the news shows are on. Tomorrow morning - "The Hobbit." I cannot wait.

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  11. How wonderful. Congratulations!
    How did you use the parchment paper? Grease the pans and then line with paper? Or put the paper in and then grease it? I am always looking for a way to bake better.

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    1. I grease then put the parchment on the bottom. I do remember lining the sides too for my mother but have found that the bottom of the tin is more likely to stick than the sides are.
      Happy baking Linda!

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  12. Hi Jim! I agree with the other comments--The pans are lovely and there's nothing so special as having something like this that you feel a connection with that holds so many memories. Tonight I made biscuits for dinner in the same bowl that my Mom always used to. And even though my biscuits aren't as good as hers, the bowl is a treasure and I think of her each time I use it.

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    1. Kim, I hear you about the biscuits!! Why is it that we can't replicate them like our mothers did?! In my family we have all tried and not one of us has come close to Mom's. I remember her saying that you mustn't handle the dough too much......just work in the ingredients, pat out, and cut them out and that's it! I think the trick is....practice practice practice.

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  13. Happy memories! I was Mom's helper too, and I have some of her cooking wares. My favorite is a cookie cooling rack that is quite different from modern ones.

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    1. And I know your cookies/biscuits wouldn't be the same without that rack,right!!?

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  14. Jim-- how wonderful that you found the "pans" of your childhood--- everything you bake in them will be made even more special because of the memories they hold. You found treasures--
    Vicki

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  15. Treasures - love is baked into these pans.

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