Oct 4, 2012

Silpat made my homemaker and baking dreams come true! {Review & Giveaway}

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For many years, I have watched the Food Network and Cooking Channels and have drooled over admired the professional chefs cooking gadgets. One particular item that always stuck out was the Silpat baking mat. When I got the offer to review one in my little old kitchen, I excitedly jumped at the chance! I really can't explain how giddy I got when I saw this little beauty for the first time.
I immediately started brainstorming ideas and recipes that I could make with my new Silpat Half size mat. After reading up and watching a video about Silpat, I was intrigued by so many things. Silpat is truly non-stick and never requires greasing. You get even baking every time and no burnt cookies on the bottom! You can use it up to 450 degrees baking temperature and it can be used up to 3000 times! That's good news for me since I bake all the time. I am amazed at all you can bake on a Silpat mat! 

I decided to bake up something savory; Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Crescents. I took one of my favorite dip recipes and paired it with crescent roll dough. I really wanted to see how well the crescent roll dough would do since I find that they always stick to the pan and also either over-brown or brown unevenly. I just had to find out what would happen! 

For my filling I used a half pack of cream cheese, 1/2 pack of frozen spinach (thawed and water squeezed out), 1/2 of a small jar of marinated artichokes finely chopped, 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and a dash or two of red pepper flakes. You could double this recipe if you are making it with two cans of crescent roll dough (I only used one). I just spooned about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture on the crescent roll dough triangles and spread it out a bit. I rolled them up, placed them on my Silpat baking mat and brushed them with a little egg wash. I baked them at 375 for 16 minutes and this is what they turned out like. I have to mention that I normally NEVER bake anything at the temperature a recipe calls for. I always go 10 degrees under. This is the first time in forever I actually went according to the package baking instructions. 

Now here was where the true test came in. Is it possible for a crescent roll to come off of the baking surface without sticking? Not only did it come off easily, I was able to shift the pan and all of them slid to one end! I was able to pluck each one off with my fingers. No spatula needed! 

The bottoms were perfectly and evenly brown. Even the one or two splashes of egg wash came off perfectly. There was nothing stuck to the Silpat and all it took was a rinse to clean it. 

The Silpat baking mat has exceeded my expectations and have made my homemaker and baking dreams come true! I can't wait to bake all kinds of pastries, cookies and even roasted veggies and fish on it! I anticipate it will become my most used kitchen gadget of all time. Be sure to check out Silpat on the web, Facebook,  Twitter and Pinterest. I think this is a great gift to give for a  housewarming, Christmas, birthday, wedding or any occasion for that matter! 

How would you like to experience this amazing item for yourself? One very lucky Momfiles reader will win their very own Half Size Silpat Baking Mat! Enter below: 
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Giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on October 15, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email. Momfiles is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!

I received a free product sample for review purposes. All opinions are completely my own, as always.
Shelly, Mom Files

29 comments:

  1. What a neat product! Those crescents look delish!

    http://www.atticgirl.com

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  2. I would make Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints.

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  3. Peppered Pear and Goat Cheese Scones

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  4. I would love to bake double fudge chocolate chip coconut cookies with the mat!

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  5. I would use it for cookies.

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  6. I would make apple turnovers.

    suebee05@gmail.com

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  7. Spinach and artichoke croissants

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  8. I'd use it for stuffed philo appetizers.

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  9. I would make Cheese Puffs first!
    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  10. cinnamon puffs
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  11. I would make pinwheels or pretzels

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  12. pineapple chicken pizza rolls

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  13. I've always wanted one of these for cookies.

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  14. This would be great for cookies! Or making homeade rolls. Thanks for the chance!

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  15. Chocolate chip cookies. I love my cookies crisp but not burnt...

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  16. i've really gotten into baking on the weekends- this would be so neat to have. thank you for the opportunity! oh- and i'm trying those crescent roll thingies next weekend. : )

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  17. I lie to bake so I would use it to make cookies
    leannemacg at gmail.com

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  18. Cheese biscuits!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  19. i would love to bake cookies!

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

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  20. I would primarily be baking cookies with this

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  21. My wife sends home made treats to th3e family for Christmas. This will likely save me some money on tinfoil.

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  22. I totally would make my parmesean bacon spinach balls on a Silpat mat!

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  23. Shelly, what a great review!I know exactly how those crescent rolls always stick to the bottom, kind of why I stopped buying them. I would make that recipe you just posted, love spinach and artichoke together! Yum!

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  24. Pumpkin cookies like these: http://pinterest.com/pin/38562140530683853/

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  26. I would make chicken and cheese crescent roll ups.

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  27. cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ccasper@centurytel.net

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