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sheiladeedee Oct 19, 2006 09:41 AM

If so, how does it work?

I am heading into the Time of the Cookie Madness wherein I make thousands and thousands of cookies, biscotti, fudge and so on for holiday gifts, and every year I invest in some new tools or toys. This year the plan is to get two large food-safe bins for keeping flour and sugar, and I was thinking of getting one or two of the big Silpats for rolling out the cut-out cookies. But I don't want to spend the money if it is not better than using the counter. So, what say you all? I'll check back later, gotta find me a mail order source for 20 pounds of pistachios...

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    serious Oct 19, 2006 10:31 AM

    Type silpat into search option and you'll turn up endless discussions..one from 10/8/06.
    Before that post I used my silpat in the oven, on baking sheet, but had never considered it for rolling dough.

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      ptrefler Oct 19, 2006 11:43 AM

      Never thought of it, but I like them for baking sheets. I think I would give it a try. Let s know how it goes.

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        cheryl_h Oct 19, 2006 01:00 PM

        Yes I use my Silpats (actually Roulpats) to roll dough. I don't do many cookies, but I use them to roll out pie dough for 12" pans. I make a very flaky pastry with lard/butter which is difficult to handle because of the high fat content. Using 2 Silpats makes it easier. I have yet to use Silpats for baking, I prefer parchment to get good crisp edges.

        If you do get Silpats for rolling out cookies, consider getting the large size. Mine are 11" x 17". Anything smaller would be frustrating if you're rolling out a largish amount.

        1. Allstonian Oct 19, 2006 07:30 PM

          Yes, I have a really big one (bigger than 11x17, maybe more like 18x24?) that I got from the King Arthur folks. I don't do many rolled cookies, but I love it for rolling pie dough. Because of the rough side it's less likely to slip on the counter, it's big enough to roll out pastry for my BIG pie dishes, and I use less dusting flour (although I do use some.)

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            coconutz Oct 19, 2006 07:51 PM

            Silpats are nice but not necessary to roll out dough. The real benefit is baking the cookies on them.

            1. babette feasts Oct 20, 2006 12:32 AM

              Yes, I use mine for corn tortillas! Also sticky florentines get rolled on the silpat under a layer of plastic wrap.

              1. sweetie Oct 20, 2006 02:35 AM

                If money is no objet you could buy yourself a roulpat. Made by the same company I think. It is larger,to make rolling easier I guess). I don't bake enough to justify buying one. But always wondered what it would be like. I think they are around $40.

                1. bitsubeats Oct 20, 2006 04:52 AM

                  I actually use it for wrapping sushi or kimbap rolls. I don't have a bamboo mat (yes I know they are incredibly cheap $0.99) and I do have the silpat handy so that's what I use. It works just as well, if not better

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