Parchment Paper Muffin Cups

My mother bought me a roll of unbleached parchment paper years ago. I tossed it in the back of the pantry, feeling that lining cookie sheets with paper was a total waste. I did pull the roll out once a year for my annual fruitcake at Christmas, mainly because Martha Stewart said I should always line the pan this way. You know hard Martha is to ignore. The roll of parchment paper lives on in the pantry, even though my mother has been gone from our world for three years!

With my rhubarb patch in full swing, I have had muffins on my mind. Problem. I hate cupcake/muffin cups. Hate them. This usually stops me from making either cupcakes or muffins. Yes, this is just another one of my issues, but I am always open to self-improvement! Then, I thought, “Oh, that parchment paper…hmmmm.” All the bakeries use paper wraps for those precious and expensive cupcakes, but I didn’t want to fuss with creased folds. Thinking further, why couldn’t a torn square of the parchment paper be smashed up around a juice glass, to form the basic shape, then transferred to the muffin pan? Now, I am not claiming genius or anything. I am usually woefully late to the party, but when I have these epiphanies, they are life changing for me!

So, here I went. Out for the rhubarb, made up the muffins using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Muffin Mix, (which I love), added apple sauce, 1/4 cup currents and chopped walnuts, along with the 1/2 cup diced rhubarb.

Whole Wheat Muffin

Then, I literally tore squares of the paper from the roll, matched the footprint of the muffin pan cups to a small glass, smashed the paper around the bottom of the glass and pressed it into the pan, using whatever handy to hold them down.

Muffin Cups 2

Then, filling the parchment cups with the mix. I really wasn’t sure if they’d leak, soak or stick, but into the oven they went.

Parchment Muffin CupsAmazing! I could have trimed them or dropped the rack to avoid the scorching on the edges, but as you can see by my nicked and rusty muffin pan, I like rustic. After a bit of cooling, I tried one. Perfect! No stick. They hung on enough to take out of the pan, but not so much that you had to peel them off the actual muffin. I will never buy those crinkled paper cups again!  #smallmagic


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