Originally Posted by middie
How about those silicone baking items ?
I'd love to have them myself.
Just from experience. I have some of those silicone baking items. They are fabulous from a non-stick point of view. However, let's talk about a regular loaf pan.
The dough/batter fills the pan in the normal way but during baking the sides of the silicone pan "splay" out. This results in a much flatter loaf.
Until the makers can design a pan that can produce a more straight-sided loaf, I prefer traditional glass or metal loaf pans.
Because the silicone is flexible, the pans will produce a somewhat flattened product.
As for gift certificates, I like them as much as the other person. However, I would much prefer someone taking the time to seek out and purchase something I might like. That is, to say, they shoud know what I like to begin with.
I'm not trying to be critical but, from my point of view, I appreciate the time and effort my sweetie would take to purchase something I would cherish.