PaperChef is a line of culinary parchment products including baking cups, cooking bags, pre-sheet parchment sheets, etc. Culinary Parchment products are not only 100% biodegradable, but they are also FSC and Kosher certified – making them environmentally and family friendly. The Art of cooking with parchment has never been more convenient – or more delicious. This epicurean brand has an extensive array of fall-themed recipes that can be made with their products including Butternut Squash Souffle in Acorn Bowls, Butterscotch bread pudding, Apple Cinnamon Papillote with Cognac & Red Currants, and Maple Cranberry bread pudding cups.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try a variety of their great products. I have used their Culinary Parchment Paper a number of times and it quickly became a favorite of mine! I was using wax paper before using the Paper Chef product and I truly will never use it again. The quality was so much greater and it stayed in place nicely and kept my cookies and other baked goods from burning and kept my pans perfectly clean.
I decided to challenge myself with a couple of the amazing looking recipes on the Paper Chef website so that I could try out their Culinary Lotus Cups and Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags. I made the Bluebird's Maple Crumb Cake with the Lotus Cups. These muffins were absolutely outstanding (though the recipe was about double what you actually need to fill the 12 cups it calls for). My kids absolutely loved them and my son commented that, "it is like Heaven in a muffin"! I guess you can't get much better than that! I had not baked with parchment cups before and they were so much better than a standard baking cup! They held their form, were extremely easy to peel, were non-stick, and allowed for a larger sized muffin. Plus, it gave the baked good such a classy look!
Cardamom Baked Apples. Sure, I could have tried an actual meal but I opted to stick with what I know - desserts!
Recipe: Cardamom Baked Apples (from Paper Chef)
4 apples, such as Macintosh
1/4 cup (50 mL) brown sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cardamom or nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Peel and cut apples into quarters; remove cores. Place in bowl.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Sprinkle over apples and toss gently. Spoon into Culinary Parchment Cooking Bag on rimmed baking sheet.
Fold over open edge twice and crimp well. Bake 20-25 minutes. Open bag and let stand a few minutes Serve warm. Serves 4 to 6.
These were outstanding! It was like having autumn on a plate. The warm apples were soft and perfectly cooked and thanks to the bag, cleanup was a breeze. The bag really helped hold all the flavor in during the baking so the flavor was out of this world. My son poured his over ice cream and it was so good. I will definitely be making these again!
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