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Jan 30, 2008 05:27 AM

Burnt Again! - what am i doing wrong??

hi all,
I'm famous for my corn bread muffins, unfortunately they always seem to be black bottomed. They don't taste burnt but are very black. I chalked it up to the yoghurt and cheese in the mix that burns when in contact with the pan - non-stick Pam sprayed muffin tin. But then last week, I made bananna bread and it happened again - ceramic greased loaf tin. Last night I made cornish pasties which I baked on parchement paper on a tray in the oven and the bottom of those burnt too - no spray but plenty of butter and a tad cream in the pastry mix.

What am i doing wrong?
Should i NOT spray non-stick?
What about when baking on parchment paper?
Is it the dairy ingredients that's causing this?

Please help, originally i could stave off the jokes w/ the corn bread muffins but's not so funny.

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  1. I would say parchment paper and cupcake liners would solve your problem, but it sounds like you tried that. What kind of sheet pan are you using? The most basic, nothing, aluminum pan is the best kind to use with parchment liners. If you use non-stick coated ones, really heavy ones, or sometimes the "airbake" ones, you can get more burning.

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    1. re: jboeke

      Yep, using parchment paper - have tried spray w/ Pam and not spray w/ Pam methods with paper. The pans and muffin tins are good quality ones, non-stick, not airbaked.

      1. re: jboeke

        Funny you should mention airbake. I use them because I find they provide the most even browning. I've never had burnt bottoms using insulated cookie sheets...I also use the 9x13 airbake pan for brownies, works like a charm. The airbake pans I have are all shiny metal not non-stick though... maybe that's the difference?

        aussiewonder: I second, um rather I third the suggestion to use a 2nd pan to deflect heat and definitely check your oven temp.

      2. Have you checked your oven to make sure the temperature is accurate? Another thought is what rack are you cooking with, because if it is too low in the oven it can burn the bottom of baked goods. Maybe try moving them up a notch. Should be in the center but maybe you need to try it higher than that.

        1. I was going to suggest moving your baking rack up too or adjusting your temperature to allow you to cook things longer so the bottom doesn't cook so quickly.

          1. Are you preheating your oven? And does your oven hold temperature well without having to turn on too often? Sounds like the bottom element is on and is scorching the bottoms of your baked goods. Like someone else suggested, maybe raise them up a bit higher in the oven.

            1. Are you using a regular or convection oven? When we installed our convectionoven quite a few years ago, I had to re-learn and re-adjust quite a few recipes. Because of the fan, the convection oven can brown things way too fast. If using convection oven, lower the temperature 25 degrees or so and test 5-10 min sooner than normal. Also agree that you check your oven temperature with an accurate thermometer to make sure oven isn't overheating and temperature is inaccurate.