What are baking templates? Why use them? Baking templates are basically images or cutouts of various shapes on paper or other materials that help a baker create their goods more creatively or efficiently. Baking templates can help ensure that baked goods come out more uniform in size and shape. This is especially important if you're making things like sandwich cookies or macarons, where you need two pieces to be the same size and shape and you don't have special pans. Baking templates can also help you maximize the area of your baking sheet, which can help you achieve higher yields per batch.
The designers at MyKitchenCalculator.com have created several basic baking templates that can be used by bakers of all experience levels so that they can have an easier and more enjoyable time baking. These templates are designed to be used with standard half or quarter sheet pans and parchment paper.
The baking templates were designed to utilize standard half sheet or quarter sheet baking pans. The outer dimensions of a half sheet pan measures approximately 13" x 18" (33 x 46 cm), while a quarter sheet pan measures about 9.5" x 13" (24 x 33 cm). These pans can be found in many local cooking supply stores or can be ordered online from many sources. For convenience, clicking the image above will take you to one of the top rated products at Amazon.com. Feel free to click the image above to find out more about these sheet pans. If you don't want a new set of pans and prefer the pans that you're using now, you can always try to customize the templates to suit your needs.
Another item that is highly recommended when using these templates is pre-cut parchment paper. Pre-cut sheets have several advantages over rolled parchment paper. The first advantage is that most parchment sheets are already cut to the correct size of the pan. The second advantage is that most pre-cut sheets are flat, so they don't curl up when you try to use them. But if you can't find pre-cut sheets, rolled parchment paper will work. You can click on the image above to find out more information about pre-cut parchment paper for half sheet pans on Amazon.com. If you need quarter sheet parchment paper, just cut the half sheet parchment paper in half.
Lastly, of course, you'll need the templates. Let's move on to the next section where we'll learn how to use them.