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baking in glassware: any difference in oiling and flouring?

I know that I should lower the temperature of the recipe by 25 degrees when baking in glassware. Is there any difference in oiling and flouring (to a tin pan)? Can I just brush the pan with melted butter, without flouring?

asked by mirileh over 1 year ago
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added over 1 year ago

I prepare both glass and tin baking dishes the same way - grease them with butter or oil and then flour them.

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Monita

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added over 1 year ago

I agree with JanetFL and would add that you should use softened butter as opposed to melted butter for greasing

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added over 1 year ago

Monita - why? I'm curious. I've used both and haven't noticed a difference, so am wondering what I'm missing... (unfortunately for me, that is something I frequently wonder!)

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added over 1 year ago

Monita, why softened butter instead of melted butter?

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Monita

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added over 1 year ago

When you melt butter you are separating the butter and creating water. So when you brush the pan with the melted butter you aren't getting the benefit of the fat coating it. This can also impact the rest of your ingredients if you are coating the pan with just butter without the addition of flour

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added over 1 year ago

Oiling (or buttering) and flouring will make a difference in cakes like angel food. In this case, the flour gives the batter something to cling to as it rises. It does not matter whether it's a tin pan or glass.

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added over 1 year ago

I really like the Cook's Illustrated method of mixing softened butter with flour--sort of a paste--then smearing it on your pan. This works wonders for cakes that tend to stick (hello bundt pan nightmares), and it doesn't leave that film on your cakes that usually comes with buttering and flouring.