Making foil pan molds per Maida Heatter's recipes

I loved the Buttermilk Lemon Bundt cake recipe from Food52 so I ordered an old volume of Maida Heatter's recipes. She makes foil pan molds from the outside of the baking pan, then inserts it in the pan. I assume it's to prevent sticking or easy removal of cookies. Is this necessary in the age of silicon mats and parchment paper?

Kathy Reid


Merrill S. November 26, 2019
I can think of one situation where using a foil liner could make things more convenient: If you're making brownies or bar cookies and want to remove them from the pan to store or transport before slicing, you can use a foil liner, then lift the cooked and cooled slab of brownies right out of the pan and wrap it tightly in the foil. Easy-peasy!
Amanda H. November 26, 2019
Hi Kathy, I don't think it's necessary to use foil -- parchment will work well!
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