There are not many things more frustrating than a cake or loaf of bread sticking to the pan. Yes, you can dig out fork-fuls and pretend that everything is OK, but inside you have the nagging feeling that your work was at least partly wasted. Don’t let this happen to you! When you have made the perfect small cake or small loaf of bread, reward your efforts by assuring that your fresh-baked treasure slides right out of the baking pan.
I’m pretty sure that as a child I never knew some things existed simply because they were not on our family grocery list. One of these things was the turnip. No argument there, actually. Another was the chewy granola bar. When I was in the fifth grade, a friend gave me the extra one from her lunch. The first bite was such a revelation to me– the soft, luscious, oat-y-ness almost melting in my mouth– that I sometimes crave them still. They even seemed just a little healthier than an actual cookie, so that you could (theoretically) eat them more often! Where in the world had these things been all my young life? Not in my lunchbox, that’s for sure.