Enjoy Baked Goods While Saving Energy
For those who bake or know someone who bakes, here's a discovery I stumbled upon lately because I was too lazy to wash out a loaf pan.
Banana- walnut- raisin- bread, carrot cake, zucchini bread, corn bread, and much more... these are usually baked in a loaf pan and take about 40 to 60 minutes to bake, depending on the largeness of the loaf or cake pan.
Experiment with muffin pans, however, and you will magically discover that you can save both time and gas or electricity, depending on whether you have a gas oven or an electric one.
Using the exact same recipe, without any sort of alteration, preheat the oven according to the bread recipe, spoon the bread batter into muffin trays, slide them into the oven and you will find that it only takes about 20 to 25 minutes to bake, significantly cutting baking time and the use of electricity or gas.
Using muffin trays also has the additional advantage of creating single-serve portions. This means that you won't have to use a cutting board and knife to cut yourself a slice of the bread, nor would you need to wash the cutting board and knife after you're done cutting!
Using a non-stick muffin pan like those made from silicon makes washing the pan easy. The baked goods simply pop right out so no soaking is needed before they go into the dishwasher!
So, baking sweet breads using a muffin tray rather than a traditional loaf pan saves energy, time, and clean-up efforts. This is another example of how insignificant changes can bring about significant differences. Being eco-friendly and energy efficient doesn't always mean we need to give up doing what we enjoy.