OK, so I like edge/corner brownies as much as the next guy, but I’d never thought I’d consider buying one of those serpentine pans that promises every piece gets the goodness…
Now it’s 364 days to Thanksgiving 2023. My one SIL neglected to do her usual and bring stuffing yesterday, so to make it right, I’m making stuffing tonight. Along with some brussel sprouts.
Ding! The thought occurs to me that both the sprouts and the stuffing might also benefit from more browned surface area. And if that’s the case, why not many other things that cause eaters to swoon over the soccarat/tahdeg, etc.?
Who has one of these pans and has put it to use(s) beyond the humble brownie? What uses shine, IYO?
You know, maybe that old ridged Lodge cast iron grill pan I donated years ago would have made a good brownie pan. With a good preheat, you might get a lot of additional surface area for the crispy bottom crust.
A typical brownie batter makes 24 in a mini-muffin pan. I can easily get crunchy exteriors and a fudgy interior by baking about 15 minutes at 325°F. I’ve used the same pan for Brussels sprouts, and a regular muffin tin for stuffinmuffins.
Not related to brownie pans but you did mention stuffing. I often reheat leftover stuffing/dressing in my waffle maker so that it gets nice and crispy. Stuffing waffles make a great base for hot turkey sandwiches.
I nearly pulled the trigger one one of those pans a while back, but then I came to my senses. I realized that since I do nearly all the dishwashing at the ricepad pad, cleaning all the nooks and crannies from the pan would fall to me, and I knew I would hate it. I’m a huge fan of the Maillard reaction, but I have to draw the line somewhere.
A local charity recently did a major city clean out of house goods. It a lot of places actually accept used goods. We donated a whole carload of used cook and serving ware and miss nothing except a single square Pyrex dish.
I use two when I bake brownies for the food bank lunches we priced. So I nervously switched to a round can pan and the results were glorious. The brownies were fantastic and each got a section of edge. They also were much sturdier to pack. I will never bake brownies another way.
The stuffing I made in the smaller “overfill” pan also was better than the big pan. But even better was an oval Spanish caselua.
I have a baker’s edge brownie pan from my local thrift shop. I’ve used it for semi-Detroit style pan pizza, for which it worked nicely. I made brownies in it once and they were fine but not paradigm shifting.
I see them every month or so at the thrift shop and am always tempted to buy more, but one is enough for me. And honestly I could do without it. I like pan pizza in high sided steel pan in rectangular shapes, closer to the typical Detroit pizza shape.