When I was making these Cinnamon Fig muffins last weekend, I noticed, quite unfortunately, that I was out of liners. I consulted the interwebs for some assistance and came across this page on The Kitchn. Those guys have an answer for EVERYTHING – I love it.
Having said that, this isn’t really anything new/novel, but it’s worth sharing. I think everyone should know this tip! It’s way cheaper than buying parchment liners (I can’t figure out why they charge so much for them at the store…), and a nice trick to have in you back pocket when you run out of baking supplies – or just want to impress your friends. The following is a massive graphic; beyond that, step by step instructions.
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1) Gather your materials. You’ll need parchment paper, scissors, and a glass/bottle/can that fits inside of a cupcake tin. I’ve heard a v-8 can works well, and maybe even a can of Red Bull. I used a champagne glass because I’m fancy. Actually, I used it because it was out because it’s the 9th and I still haven’t put away everything from my New Year’s Eve Party. Whatever.
2) Unless you’re REALLY bad at estimating, you can totally eyeball this. Just cut strips of parchment that are somewhere between 5″-7″ wide. I think I went closer to 5″. You’ll get 3 liners per strip, so cut accordingly. For a dozen muffins, cut four strips.
3) Fold the parchment into thirds. Here’s a handy gif if you’re not sure how. Just fold and flatten.
4) Cut along the creases to create 3 equal-ish pieces. They’ll be kinda square. It’ll be fine. Repeat with the remaining strips of paper.
5) Ready your glass and papers.
6) Place one square over the top of your glass/can/container/what-have-you.
7) Press the paper firmly down and around the sides of whatever you’re using as a mold. Just let it crease how it wants. You can be neater about it if you want, but I don’t mind it being kind of irregular. It gives it charm. Plus, it’s way faster.
8) Ta da! Use as you would any other liner – no need to spray with oil, unless, of course, your recipe calls for it. Most recently, I used these for Cinnamon Fig Muffins.