An old habit but does it do anything?
Posted: 10 February 2010 10:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi,

I have been taught both in school and at home to put damp kitchen towels on the bottoms & sides of the cake pan as soon as it comes out of the oven.  Anyone else do this?  For the life of me I cannot fathom why.  Any ideas?

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Posted: 10 February 2010 11:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Never heard of that before.  Is it supposed to cool the pans faster?

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Posted: 11 February 2010 01:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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New for me too. I guess it might help release the cake?

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Posted: 11 February 2010 02:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It seems the idea is to cool the pan and stop cooking the cake since it continues to bake inside the hot pan outside the oven.
If so, does not apply to Rose’s recipes because they indicate whether a cake must be unmolded imediately or needs time to continue baking before unmolding.

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Posted: 11 February 2010 02:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I agree with Felix—but, if you have a cake that’s just a bit overbaked, maybe this damp towel trick would help rescue it from being even MORE overbaked. I will file that away in my “in case of cake disaster” ideas!

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Posted: 11 February 2010 09:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ve been baking for years…never heard that one.

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Posted: 11 February 2010 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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thanks everyone, thought I might get some more input for this concept.  Like Barb says, file it away for disaster useage.

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Posted: 11 February 2010 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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On the topic of “old habits”  One of my favorite foods is the “Cheese Blintz”.  (For those of you who don’t know what they are…they are a crepe, wrapped around a cheese filling…and fried in butter…usually served with sour cream).  When I was a kid and my mom made them, as each crepe came out of the pan they were placed on a tea towel.  There were towels all over the kitchen and the crepes were laying every where.  The first time I made them in my tiny kitchen…I would certainly not have room for that mess…I just stacked them on a plate with a paper towel between them.  No problem.  No sticking…nothing.  Perfect.  I asked my Mom"why did you do it that way?  Her response “because your grandmother did it that way”.  I’ve asked a few people who make them and everyone lays them out…all over the place…but no one could tell me why.  LOL

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Posted: 11 February 2010 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Reminds me of my mom making raviolis… they were all over every available surface!

As for the wrapping of the pan after removing from the oven, I’ve never heard of this either.  I have heard of wrapping the pan with wet towels while baking - this works like insulated baking strips.

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Posted: 01 May 2010 04:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Bill - 11 February 2010 04:40 PM

On the topic of “old habits”  One of my favorite foods is the “Cheese Blintz”.  (For those of you who don’t know what they are…they are a crepe, wrapped around a cheese filling…and fried in butter…usually served with sour cream).  When I was a kid and my mom made them, as each crepe came out of the pan they were placed on a tea towel.  There were towels all over the kitchen and the crepes were laying every where.  The first time I made them in my tiny kitchen…I would certainly not have room for that mess…I just stacked them on a plate with a paper towel between them.  No problem.  No sticking…nothing.  Perfect.  I asked my Mom"why did you do it that way?  Her response “because your grandmother did it that way”.  I’ve asked a few people who make them and everyone lays them out…all over the place…but no one could tell me why.  LOL

Oh my goodness, as a lover and frequent maker of Swedish pancakes I must declare Bill, this made me laugh so hard! How absolutely adorable! I could so picture that! What a sight that must have been.  tongue laugh

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Posted: 01 May 2010 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Bill, thanks for a good Saturday morning chuckle! I can just imagine how excited my cats would get if there were cheese blintzes all over the kitchen!

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Posted: 02 May 2010 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I actually made them again last week…stacked up the crepes, paper towel in between…no problems.

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