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Smolík’s baking moulds: how to use them and not to lose them

Smolík’s baking moulds: how to use them and not to lose them

Christmas time is upon us. Our kitchens are about to brim with the aroma of star anise,
clove, vanilla, and cinnamon. And for that reason, we’ve prepared 5 essential tips on how to
best use our moulds and take care of them so that they will last you many more Christmases to come. You don’t know what to use them for? Well, that’s easy! They are for making bear paws, madeleines, vanilla crescents, or Christmas nut cookies. But they will also be a big help for baking chocolate pralines.

  • You press the dough into the moulds, and once baked, it will copy the pattern from
    the bottom.
    But you also have to get your hands dirty, specifically your thumbs. There
    is nothing more relaxing than shaping the dough using your own two hands. You can
    even get the entire family involved; how about making cookies with your favourite
    fairy-tale movies in the background?
  • Never fill the mould all the way to the top; leave a slight hollow. Don’t forget the
    dough will rise while baking! If you fill it to the top, it could overflow and mess up the
    final shape.
  • When buying moulds, we recommend to think big. After all, you will need a lot of
    them.
    Once you put one batch in the oven, you can immediately start working on the
    second one. And while the first batch cools, you will also appreciate having enough
    moulds for the third batch. Check our e-shop for a wide variety of shapes and
    materials.
    From snowmen to walnuts. From tin to Teflon. Take your pick.

  • For the moulds to serve you for many years to come, you need to take proper care of
    them. You don’t want to leave them wet for too long. Especially the ones made of tin-
    plated metal. They are fine with detergents, but you shouldn’t scrub them too hard or
    for too long. Seasoned homemakers let the used moulds soak in a pot of water which
    they then slowly bring to a boil to get rid of any dough residue. Once clean, you
    should quickly dry them
    ; you can even put them in pre-heated oven and let them dry
    at 100 °C. We recommend wiping them dry afterwards with a kitchen towel. You can
    also leave them to dry on a radiator.
  • Even if the moulds rust, there is still a way to save them. Add a spoonful of baking
    soda into boiling water and give them a soak.