In just about every baking recipe the first or second line speaks about lining your baking tin with parchment paper (mainly when it comes to baking a cake).
What does lining a cake tin with parchment paper (baking paper) actually mean? For years I’ve never bothered to find out what this means, so I would just grease my tin with butter/oil/spray and cook and hope for the best. However, most times taking out the cake is really stressful. One day I found out, and taking cakes out is now unstressful. This is such a simple and important step, and once you learn it you will never forget it. You will be able to take your cakes out beautifully and unbroken with your eyes closed.
Here is a step by step diagram of what to do:
1. Grease your tin – melt some butter and brush the bottom of your tin. This will stop the cake sticking and will also help baking parchment to stick.
2. Place your tin onto the parchment sheet and take your pencil and trace the outline of your tin; and then cut it out.
3. Take your cut out sheet and put it onto the bottom of your tin, and with the butter it will stick down nicely.
5. Brush softened butter along the sides like done previously with the bottom.
6. Place the strip/two strips joined together onto the sides so that there are no gaps between the bottom and side pieces of parchment paper.