Gadget Friday: Pastry Mat

Do you love to bake, but hate rolling out dough because you never have an appropriate surface for doing it?

Or maybe you shaped a beautiful circle of pie dough, only to discover it won’t quite fit your 10-inch pan?

Then this is the tool for you!

(Note: Be sure to check out recipes for Tea & Vinegar Pie Crust and Chai Slice-&-Bake Cookies from Issue 9 of our eMagazine!)

Here’s what we recommend:

Sur La Table Pastry Mat

This silicone mat grips to the counter so it won’t slip when you’re rolling out your cookie or pie dough. It also includes templates for standard-size pie crusts so you can get it right the first time. (There are even some handy conversion charts included.) Plus it’s easy to clean and rolls up for easy storage in its custom sleeve.

One word of caution: Be careful what you use to cut dough on the mat. We recommend plastic cookie cutters (or else go gently with the metal ones) and a plastic spatula or dough scraper for cutting strips. A knife or pizza cutter could possibly damage the mat. (We have no first-hand evidence because we’ve always avoided using those … but better safe than sorry, right?)

Plastic Dough Scraper


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