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The other day, I bought two bags of unsweetened shredded coconut and left them in my bag for a few days. They weren't going to spoil, I was sick, and not about to use them immediately, nor was I going out, and anyways, I was lazy. This is how I discovered what could be a major innovation for the tissue industry. If I was industrious, I would sell them my idea, but I'm too busy writing a dissertation right now, so I'll share it with all of you instead: coconut scented tissues. I've never liked the sickly sweet scent of scented tissues, but the gentle coconut perfume suffused mine in a very pleasant fashion.

Today I baked my first coconut macaroons, a chance to try out my new baking toy, a Silpat, otherwise known as a silicon baking mat, designed to be thoroughly non-stick. It looks like a thin sheet of plastic, but is usable in oven temperatures up to just below broiling, and in freezers. Happily, it also washes easily, which meant I didn't have to wait for the baking sheet to cool before transferring the macaroons and doing the next batch. It took me several batches to figure out the right temperature and baking time for the macaroons. I knew our oven ran hot, but perhaps it's running hotter than I thought it was. My next kitchen purchase will be an oven thermometer.



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Nov. 21st, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's really funny!
Nov. 22nd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
I have an old oven thermometer, but it does the job. I should get one of those mats - mothers of small children are often pressed into baking service (and while my old standby, brownies, are always a hit, Em prefers to help more.. ie./decorate)
Nov. 22nd, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
I used to have an oven thermometer, but I forgot to pack it when I moved from my last apartment. Strangely, it never occured to me to check the oven when looking around for anything I might have forgotten.

I'm quite impressed with my first Silpat use - it cleaned up really, really easily, and doesn't retain heat long, so it's easy to work with. Looking around, there're now all sorts of silicon-lined and encased baking products out there, including silicon-lined baking trays (good for brownies) and spatulas encased in the stuff.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 06:04 am (UTC)
I saw those silicon things at the Paderno outlet the other day. They look like they'd be brilliant for things that tend to stick. You can just pop the muffins out with no mess or papers. Not that I bake anything but maybe if I had one of those.....
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