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HELP! Parchment paper stuck to bagels!

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My bagels looked beautiful coming out of the oven, but they are horribly stuck to the parchment paper! I oiled the paper, but apparently not enough. Is there a trick to getting the paper off or do I just have to cut the bottom of the bagel? :(

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  1. Never having had the experience I can't advise you from that point of view but, if it were me, I'd just slice off the parchment and move forward.

    1. try spritzing the paper lightly with water, that should help loosen it. if the bagels pick up any of the moisture, just stick them back in the oven (no parchment this time!) for a minute or two.

      is there *any* chance you accidentally used waxed paper instead of parchment? i only ask because parchment typically only sticks to things with a high sugar content - sometimes a little of the sugar can caramelize and stick to the paper.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        No, it's parchment paper (believe me, I've made the wax mistake before). The bagels have various toppings, some of which are sugary, but even the non-sugary ones (I made four different kinds) are completey stuck on. I'm scared to spritz it with water because I can't see how that will get under the loosen it, won't it just = soggy bagel? Do you mean spritz on the UNDERSIDE of the paper?

        Thank you so much!

        1. re: curlyspice

          OK I realized that was a dumb question; I flipped the bagels with the parchment paper and used a pastry brush to brush water on the paper, let it sit for 60 seconds and peeled it right off. Thank you thank you thank you goodhealthgourmet!!!

          1. re: curlyspice

            Yay, another chowhound conundrum solved! And in fine style!

            1. re: curlyspice

              yes, you figured out what i meant, and i'm so glad it worked! another CH success story :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                It's another Christmas miracle. You guys are brilliant!

                I learned the hard way with parchment and bagels myself. I now use silpats.

                1. re: rabaja

                  actually, i believe it was a Festivus miracle