Friday, February 01, 2013

Cast Iron Baking

See that groovy cast iron.  It's round and flat-edged and perfect for my almond meal desserts.  That's why I bought it.  But then I started this 100 Days of Baking Challenge, and boy did I go through a crapload of baking paper.  Every batch of cookies sucked up more paper, and more money.

I don't like that.

So I thought I'd give cookies a go on the cast iron and you know what?  I frickin' love it.  I had to increase bake times on every cookie I tested so far, but that doesn't matter, because the end result is a more evenly baked dessert.

How cool is that?

Note: This cast iron is only used for desserts.
No burgers allowed.

36 comments:

  1. Cookies in a skillet? I've never seen that done before.

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  2. Alex: The couponer in me, had to try it. Way too much baking paper was going in the bin.

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  3. I never use baking paper, believe it or not. Sometimes only some tinfoil when I'm baking batter for some savoury rolls...

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  4. DEZMOND: I dislike foil, and avoid it as much as possible. It's either baking paper or nothing for me.

    Going to bu a second of these flat irons for my savory bakes.

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  5. I need to get one of those pans. I didn't know you could use them for baking!

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  6. Dana: Sure you can. Why not? It's not like the baking police are going to come take away our ovens.

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  7. Now to get myself some cast iron cookware...

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  8. Melaine: They also sell a flat square shape one. But at the time I needed the round for my almond meal pizza dessert.

    Lurker: Not unless you want to see my head explode.

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  9. I know lots of people swear by the superior even heating quality of cast iron.

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  10. Debra: I am one of them. That's all I use to roast in. I have a nice collection of good quality cast iron.

    Love it.

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  11. I have a cast iron pan but I've never tried it for desserts - not that I cook much anyway but, what a great idea! And I LOVE your new header pic! I think I may have to change mine now. After all, it is a new month!

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  12. mshatch: Thanks, I just sent you an email. I love how Bug looks so little. Too cute.

    They are great for desserts, but I find it just takes a bit of adjusting the oven temp and bake time - compared to baking on cooking sheets.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  13. I've had a full set of cast iron for ages. They are their best once they've been seasoned. Don't wash it with soapy water!

    I've not done cookies in them, looks like a neat idea. Cornbread must be done in cast iron though.

    Happy Baking!

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  14. Anne: I've been cooking and roasting in cast irons for a long time now. Love it.

    Although now a days, they actually make cast irons that can withstand mild soapy water. Those aren't the kind I have though.

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  15. I used to have a huge cast iron skillet, used to make Mexican Cornbread and Beef. It eventually got rusted and had to get rid of it. If you use it a lot it should stay good I think.

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  16. Todd: My dessert cast iron is mega protected. Nothing but baked goods and it's not even allowed near the other skillets.

    Oh no.

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  17. They look so delicious. Never used cast iron for cookies.

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  18. I accidentally gave away just such skillet to a friend. It was in the bottom of a box of nearly new pots and pans left in my place by the previous renter, and I brought the whole thing over to her house. Bunch of nice T-Fal stuff, but since I don't like non-stick it didn't matter to me .. until she pulled out the skillet. Perfect for heating tortillas and making grilled cheese. But it was too late to take it back!

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  19. Pineapple Upside Down Cake works very well in a cast Iron Skillet

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  20. Susan: Thanks :-)

    Spawn: Oh noooo. But I agree, at that point it's too late to take it back.

    I don't fancy non-sticks either.

    And grilled cheese on cast iron is the BEST. Love it, love it.

    But not to be made on my dessert iron. No, no.

    Lloyd: I haven't had Pineapple Upside Down Cake in FOREVER.

    Yum :-)

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  21. OK wait...

    It's made of iron.

    It's jet black.

    You can make cookies on it?

    SOLD!

    A baking tool that doesn't involve baking so the baking-handicaped (me) and actually make cookies that don't suck? Where do I sign?!

    Seriously HW, this is the best news I've heard in a while. Thanks for the info/review.

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  22. Hmm? They look tasty!

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  23. I had no idea you could bake cookies in a cast iron skillet. How cool is that? (I love the little hearts you have floating down your page.)

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  24. I love this idea sounds amazing whisk!! never seen before! love little hearts so cool and love the header!!!

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  25. Very nice! They look pretty yummy!

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  26. I wouldn't have thought of that.
    Great idea.

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  27. I use a pizza stone for my cookies. It works wonders too. I need to check out your 100 days of baking. Sounds yummy!

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  28. Never seen this before, but what an awesome idea! I think I'll try this at home :)

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  29. Oh che strumenti interessanti che hai in cucina ! Una padella per dessert ... veramente interessante !!! Complimenti e buona settimana !

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  30. Barking: Sure, why not cookies? Although, I did it because I'm cheap and don't want to spend money on more baking paper.

    Ray: Thanks. You get that Lurker flag made yet? I'm tellin' ya, it would be great.

    Sherry: The hearts are fun.

    Gloria: I loved your strawberry cakes in the cups. Fantastic.

    Bard: Thanks, they were good.

    Sandra: Thanks for stopping by.

    Kim: Isn't it fantastic?

    Jenn: Pizza stone is great idea. Very cool.

    Azra: Love your new hair. Looks great.

    Rossella: Grazie. Mi piace avere una padella solo per dessert. In questo modo, niente aglio puzzolente coceranno nei miei dolci.

    Avere un giorno meraviglioso.

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  31. Just be careful that you don't cook bacon on this skillet. Reserve it for sweets. Unless you want a bacon-chocolate flavored cookie.

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  32. Dan: No burgers or any meat allowed on that pan. I originally bought it for my almond-based desserts. But now I do other treats.

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  33. When my mother bakes cookies, she never uses foil on the baking sheets.

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  34. I don't use foil either, William. Hate the stuff.

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