You all know how much I love Dorie Greenspan, right? No denying it, she’s my baking idol. She drifts from Paris to New York and Connecticut as she desires (what a dream). She has a pop-up cookie business that sells out in a blink. She’s thoughtful, selfless, and just plain adorable.
Maybe when I grow up, I can be like Dorie. (Don’t hold your breath, I’m far to snarky.)
However, I CAN make her recipes. Take these brownies, for example.
In her Baking: From My Home To Yours, she has a recipe called Brrrownies. It’s a deliciously rich brownie packed full of cool Peppermint Patties. I’ve made it a dozen times, and am always thrilled with the results. But – I’ve always made them in a standard square baking dish.
Not too long ago, I was sent this Christmas Tree silicone pan from Demarle. It came with a fancy little silver baking sheet that was full of vents.
My first thought? I don’t really like silicone pans, especially shaped ones. I’ve used a couple in the past, and they seem to fail every time. I have a pumpkin one that I have yet to get a single good result from…so this Christmas Tree pan sat around for several weeks waiting on me to finally give in.
What a mistake that was, kids.
I SHOULD have leaned the other direction before jumping to conclusions. Demarle is the company responsible for my absolute favorite kitchen accessory – the SilPat. I can count on one hand the number of cookies I’ve made without a Silpat since first discovering it.
No stick. No mess. Perfect results, each and every time. LOVE THAT THING. I suggest it to everyone I know, especially bakers. It’s wonderful.
That being said, the Christmas Tree Pan? Equally fantastic. I prepared the brownies as directed, then poured the batter into the little trees. About 5 minutes before the timer buzzed, I added a handful of Peppermint Marshmallows and mini chocolate chips to a few of the brownies.
Not a single one stuck to the pan. In fact, I left them in the pan, covered in aluminum foil for 3 days before we finished them, and even the very last brownie came out perfectly and was STILL moist. No joke.
Color me impressed.
Whether you choose to make the brownie recipe I am sharing, or another brownie recipe, or a cake, or cookie, or blondie – I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better quality shaped pan. DeMarle at Home offers several shapes and sizes, and I wouldn’t hesitate at this point to recommend any of them based on the quality of this one.
In the meantime, if you don’t have a special pan, you can pick one of them up here, or, you can certainly make these brownies in any old 8×8 baking pan. They’ll still be delicious!
Would you like to win one of these pans for yourself? I bet you would! It will come with a perforated baking sheet to place beneath the silicone pan, so you’ll be all set! I’m going to keep this giveaway short and sweet so that you can go ahead and get your pan and still have time to use it before Christmas gets here, although you could certainly keep using it throughout the winter!
Tell me you want to win. You do, right? Okay, that comment counts as one entry.
- For another entry, go check out theDemarle at Home Facebook Page. They have lots of great info and photos there, so it’s worth the look. Become a Fan, then come back here and let me know you did. That counts as another entry.
- For yet another chance, share this post on Twitter or Facebook. Leave me another comment and now you’ve gained another entry.
- For one more entry, Stumble or Pin this post. Share it, folks, it’s the season of giving! Be sure to leave a separate comment letting me know where you shared it.
There you go, up to 4 chances to win.
Four total entries per person, max. All extra comments will be deleted.
Open to US Addresses Only (so very sorry Internationals, I do appreciate you, though), and is courtesy of and shipped by Demarle at Home. MSRP @$75. Giveaway ends December 9, 11:59pm EST. I was supplied a pan to use, but all opinions are 100% my own.
The BIG DEAL
See that 7 Quart KitchenAid? I know you want it. I certainly can’t blame you. So, to keep it fun and interesting, I’m giving you LOTS of extra opportunities to win it. For every giveaway you enter during my 25 Days of Doughmesstic Christmas, if you’ll go comment on THIS POST (Click thru!) saying “I entered to win the …” (you know, whatever you entered to win), you’ll get a BONUS entry to win the mixer. That’s 24 additional chances to win that bad boy. So scoot! Go enter to win today’s giveaway, and then visit THIS POST to comment for your bonus entries on the mixer.
Good Luck, and see you back here tomorrow for more fun things to win!