The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means one thing. CRAZY. INSANE. BAKING. I get it. I’m in the same boat as you, baking tons of stuff and trying to figure out how to do it as fast as possible. Well here’s a little baking tip and trick that the pros use. Pretty much every recipe out there tells you to cool you baked goods on a wire rack before removing the baked good. But you know what cools metal faster than air? Try marble or stone tiling.
Pull your hot pan from the oven, let it cool a bit on a wire rack for 5 or 10 minutes then put your metal pans directly on a marble countertop or (if you don’t have pets, kids and aren’t crazy OC) your clean stone-tiled kitchen floor that metal pan will cool super fast. That means you can pull the cookies off the baking sheet faster and get another batch in the oven, you can cool your cake down faster which means you can frost is quicker, and those brownies will be ready to eat sooner rather than later! Just keep in mind that you should ONLY do this for metal pans baked at 350˚F or less, not glass or ceramic as the extreme temperature change might crack or break the container. And, it goes without saying, if you DO chance it and put your pan on the floor, try not to step on it.
*Update* A few people have mentioned to me that this can be dangerous to the marble or granite counter, especially if there is a heat sensitive sealant on it. According to several websites, granite is heat resistant, but micro-fractures in the rock can be exacerbated and cause cracking and chipping on the countertop. I’ve never had any problems doing this cooling method, but as one site mentioned, it only takes 1 time for it to be a disaster.
If you are concerned about your counter or floor, try placing your hot pan on a baking stone (like the one you use for baking pizza) or a piece of scrap marble or granite that you can pick up at a hardware store.