Silpat is thinking small (and it’s a big success)
If you’re hosting a brunch, Silpat’s new collection of lightweight bakeware for small pastries — mini muffins and fluted cakes, small loaves and madeleines, can come in handy ($49.95 each). The muffin mold is also useful for quiches or tartlets. The molded pans, about 16-by-12 inches, are made with the same material, a fiberglass fabric coated with food-grade silicone, as the Silpat mats that are widely used in professional and home kitchens to line baking sheets, keeping cookies and other foods from sticking. The mini pastries turn out wonderfully browned and easily glide out without greasing. To care for the molds, wipe them with a damp sponge, and if needed, use a mild soap, then rinse and shake to remove excess water. An oily feeling or some discoloration after washing is normal, the company says. They make it super easy to create professional looking platters of treats. Available at Williams Sonoma locations.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND