- Williams Sonoma
- Siplat has been making non-stick bakeware in France since the mid-1960s, and in 2018 it introduced a collection of pans for madeleines, muffins, mini loaves, mini muffins and mini fluted cakes.
- We tested the mini loaf pan and muffin pan out for ourselves, and it put our traditional metal bakeware to shame. Our baked goods cooked evenly, and popped out of both pans without much effort. Silpat’s bakeware was also lighter and significantly easier to clean than the baking pans we’re used to.
- The entire collection of pans is available exclusively at Williams Sonoma for $59.95 each.
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Few baking mistakes are as annoying as realizing that you forgot to grease your pan before pouring in your batter and putting it in the oven. Missing this step means whatever you’re baking will stick to its pan, and break apart when you try to get it out. If you’ve felt this pain yourself, you can solve this problem forever with Silpat’s line of baking pans.
Silpat has been around since the mid 1960s, but in 2018 it released a line of bakeware exclusively at Williams Sonoma that went beyond its signature flat sheets. All its bakeware is made in France out of a custom flexible fiberglass that’s been coated with food-grade silicon to be the ultimate non-stick material. Silpat’s entire line of bakeware can withstand temperatures between -40 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and is dishwasher safe.
This line includes pans specifically made for baking madeleines, muffins, mini loaves, mini muffins, and mini fluted cakes. The Shopping team was sent the muffin pan and mini loaf pan to test, and you can read about our experiences below (spoiler alert – we loved them).
- Williams Sonoma
The only non-stick bakeware I used before trying Silpat’s Mini Loaf Pan was an inexpensive AmazonBasics silicone cookie sheet, which worked fine, but not well enough for me to give up using a sheet of parchment paper instead.
Using Silpat’s loaf pan was a completely different experience. After using it once, I’m totally sold. The pan has nine molds for mini loaves of whatever you’re baking. I made mini banana bread loaves, which would typically fill one full-sized loaf pan, and it filled each of the nine molds above their tops.
I didn’t grease the molds – Silpat explicitly suggests you don’t – and when I pulled them out of the oven I was amazed at how easily they popped out of their molds. All I did was push the bottom of each loaf, and all nine came out, perfectly formed.
To clean the pan, I ran some cold water into each mold and lightly wiped them with a sponge. That’s a lot easier and less time consuming than soaking a metal pan with burnt crumbs of bread baked onto it.
Silpat’s Mini Loaf Pan won’t totally replace my metal loaf pan, but it saves me enough time and potential frustration that it’s definitely become my preferred tool for making sweet breads.
– Brandt Ranj, associate editor
I have what can only be described as an extremely crappy and depressing muffin pan at home. It’s supposed to be non-stick, but it’s definitely not. Until the Silpat muffin mold came along, I had never in my life experienced that most satisfying feeling of peeling a freshly-baked muffin out of its tin or cupcake liner with zero stick-age.
But my recent batch of lemon poppyseed muffins glided out of the Silpat mold so effortlessly and smoothly I almost started crying! I know this sounds dramatic (because it is) but honestly, I’m not the best baker in the world – so any time something turns out perfectly, I get emotional about it. This was truly a “no crumb left behind” kind of experience.
Though Silpat tells you not to, I still sprayed a little oil in each divot before baking, a trick that never worked in my old muffin pan. The one thing I would note is that this can lead to a bit of crisping or browning around the bottom of the muffin, which didn’t bother me at all, but could be something to watch out for.
To be frank, I will never bake in a metal muffin pan again, and I absolutely think these Silpats are worth the money.
– Sally Kaplan, senior editor