Make your own inexpensive replacement for baking spray at home, and enjoy stick-free baking every time.
When bake, there is little more frustrating than having something come out of the oven looking beautiful…until you try to take it from the pan and it sticks.
You find yourself with a great big mess. Or you may need to improvise and make a trifle instead of a layer cake.
So some time ago, food companies came up with “baking spray.” Similar to cooking spray, it is a cooking oil product that also contains flour. Rather than having to grease & flour a pan, you just spray the pan with this one step.
In theory that sounds great. Except that every time I have purchased baking spray out of convenience, I found it to be a waste of money. Every can of baking spray clogged up. It didn’t matter what brand it was. It didn’t matter if I cleaned off the sprayer every time. The can would be unusable and the rest would go in the trash. No matter what brand, it happened every…single…time. Sometimes with cans that had only been used 3 or 4 times!
Well I have a solution. This little “concoction” is something that someone taught me a couple decades ago, and it is my go-to for coating a baking pan. I use it and it works. No clogging, no waste, no cakes sticking in the pan. Muffins pop right out. Quick breads slide right from the pan.
Here’s What You Need:
- 1/2 cup cooking oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (organic is preferred)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- a pint sized mason jar, wide mouthed
- a mixer or food processor
- Combine the equal parts oil, shortening, and flour in your food processor or mixing bowl and mix together until it forms a smooth paste.
- Pour the mixture into the jar for storage. Keep it in your pantry.
To use the mixture, simply brush it on your pan with a pastry brush.