On test: The best baking sheets

Great British Bake Off 2013 finalist, Kimberley Wilson, put over a dozen baking trays through their paces and picked her favourite five models.

Baking sheets

Flat, thin baking sheets are ideal for making cookies, biscuits, pastries and cakes. Great British Bake Off finalist Kimberley Wilson lists them as one of her most essential pieces of baking kit, so we asked her to put popular models to the test. 14 sheets, a long kitchen session and several bakes later, she whittled them down to the top five...
 

What Kimberley looked for…

Kimberley WilsonSturdy material: If you’re a frequent baker, you want a sheet that will withstand high temperatures again and again. Some sheets can buckle in the oven.

Ease of use: A lightweight tray that can be easily moved in and out of the oven, sometimes with the help of a lipped edge.

Ease of removal: Preferably a non-stick surface to avoid bakes getting welded to the sheet.

 

Kimberley’s top five baking trays
 

Best… Supermarket buy

Great British Bakeware baking sheet

ASDA baking sheetsKimberley says: “This large tray is metal-tool and dishwasher safe and it’s great for doing one large batch of biscuits. It performed very well, with the biscuits sliding off the tray and they had a beautifully even colour on the base.”

Dimensions: 41cm x 35cm x 14cm
Material: Reinforced ceramic
Dishwasher safe? Yes

£12.00, from George Home at ASDA

 



Best… Investment piece

Le CreusetRectangular baking sheet

Kimberley says:
“This study, non-stick tray comes with a lifetime guarantee against the workmanship, so it’s a sound investment. This one was a good all-rounder – it has a wide base and a shallow edge, and although it was one of the heavier trays, the silicone insets provided useful grip for removing it from the oven.”

Dimensions: 37cm x 35cm x 1.5cm
Material: Carbon steel
Dishwasher safe? No

£23.00, from Le Creuset

 


Best… Even bake

master class baking sheetMaster Class baking sheet

Kimberley says: “I was very intrigued to see how this thin tray would perform. The double layer creates a pocket of air to heat evenly, which is good for convection ovens that have hot spots. The sandwich biscuits had a lovely, even bake underneath across the whole batch. They slid off the tray without any encouragement.”

Dimensions: 35cm x 28cm
Material: Carbon steel
Dishwasher safe? Yes

£11.99, from Cake Craft

 


Best… Heat resistance

Delia Smith baking trayDelia Online/Silverwood baking sheet

Kimberley says: “This slim tray doesn’t have a non-stick coating so it must be seasoned before use or used with baking parchment, but it’s strong and seems durable. Though it’s a thin tray it does not warp in the oven and heats really evenly.”

Dimensions:  38cm x 33cm
Material: Anodised aluminium
Dishwasher safe? No

£14.99, from Lakeland

 

Best… Budget buy

M&SNon-stick baking sheet

Kimberley says: “This sheet has a deep lip which is great for helping to lift it out of the oven, perfect if you’re a keen baker who’ll be using it again and again. It performed well generally and was easy to clean too.”

Dimensions: 33cm x 32cm + 4cm (lip)
Material: Steel
Dishwasher safe? Yes

£7.50, from M&S

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