Wilton Tart Pans (and p.s. alternatives) - any experience?
Posted: 06 July 2012 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, all!

This 3-piece set is available to me rather close by—has anyone had experience with Wilton’s tart pans?  Any comments as to the usefulness of the size, etc.?

(http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Nonstick-Round-Piece-Pan/dp/B0000DIX81/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1341580540&sr=8-25&keywords=wilton+tart+pans)

The 3 sizes are as follows:

10 x 1-1/8
9 x 1-1/8
8 x 1-1/8

They are non-stick with removable bottoms.

I’m planning to make the PPB Peaches and Cream Tart (p 266), FWIW, which actually calls for a 9.5” ... (of course it works that way, right?)

Thanks!!

—ak


p.s.  I also have a 2.5” (maybe 2”) tall non-stick sides, glass bottom springform, if that would work better.  I think it’s also 9”, but maybe 9.25”.

p.p.s.  I could also use my 9” pyrex pie pan, if that would be better, which, according to PPB p. 664-665, has the same volume as a 9.5” x 1” tart pan (4 cups).

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Posted: 06 July 2012 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi Anne,
I have a shallow 9”-ish tart pan and I recently upgraded to a taller pan (2”).  I was getting a fair bit of vertical shrinkage and liked having the extra height!  I suppose it would be better to work on technique, but I’m not an inexperienced pastry baker so I assume some is just related to how the recipes bake.  FWIW I just made the sweet cookie crust with a whole egg (since I didn’t have cream on hand)—it was less tender, but really baked nice!  It didn’t get cracks and it held together well for serving!

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Posted: 06 July 2012 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks, Sherrie, on all counts!!!!!!! 

I’m thinking the pans might be a little shallow, too.

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Posted: 06 July 2012 03:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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OM!  I should double check my visual estimations as I am a lousy estimator of volume/etc.—and I know it!!  Anyway…my good pan is only 1” but the other one is less (can you believe it!) and even a small height difference seems to be significant.  My newer pan is also dark (the shorter one is light and completely vertical sides) whereas the black one is slightly sloped.  Strange how a few small things can make a big difference. I doubt the 2” is entirely necessary but up to 1.5” may be better.  I wanted to get back to you.  So, the set of pans may be ok…  I am happy with the 1” pan—but my smaller one is not as good.

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Posted: 06 July 2012 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thank you, Sherrie—that is very helpful!!!

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