You have succeeded. You found it.

The perfect recipe has presented itself to you. You have searched and searched for the ideal baked items to impress someone important to you.

You’ll need to know some baking basics whether you are celebrating an occasion or persuading the taste buds of someone you love. You need to know a foolproof process for baking perfection.

If you are not too familiar with baking chemistry, you may need to learn a thing or two. 

You’ve read the recipe and scoured your kitchen for supplies. Are you left wondering what the difference between wax paper and parchment is?

There are a few critical differences in the production method and appropriate uses for each. 

Make sure your final product comes out perfect. Use the type of paper that is right for the job.

Let’s discuss what you will need for your type of recipe and intended final product. Knowing the difference could save your technique and your delicious baked goods in the long run.

Baking Basics in Your Kitchen

Many kitchen techniques are specific to baking. One of the most important is how ingredients are integrated. It’s essential to pay attention to your ingredients.

When beginning to mix your batter or dough for baking, you should consider a few different things.

When you are making anything with dough or flaky crust, make sure you look at your butter temperature. In the refrigerator or frozen, chilled butter is butter that has been sufficiently kept cold to not melt while mixing.

In recipes like pie crust, croissants, and rolls, this helps make flaky pockets inside the dough—resulting in a crumbly texture. Think croissants. 

Before you start a recipe, weigh or measure your ingredients. Read the ingredients list, then prepare the items on your counter. When you begin recipes this way, there’s very little room for error.

This way, throughout the recipe process, you’re not hurried and scrambling. 

It would be best if you also stopped making substitutions with ingredients. Remember, chemistry is baking. First, make the recipe as written, then make a substitution if you feel more secure.

You should then consider how you will be putting your items in the oven. The baking sheet or pan you decide to use can affect the results of your recipe.

Selecting the correct paper to line your cookie sheet can mean the difference between a successful recipe or a stressful experience.

Types of Baking Paper

It is quite surprising how many different types of paper are used in the kitchen. Some are for roasting; some are better for high heat. Others are specifically for baking.

Baking paper, parchment paper, bakery paper, waxed paper, culinary paper, butter paper – what are their intended purposes? Greaseproof paper is an extremely hygienic and temperature resilient paper that always allows a wide range of applications. 

Waxed paper always has a wax coating on it (or wax paper as it is often called), but it can not be used in the oven. Take note: baking paper may be used in most applications where wax paper is used as a non-stick base.

The opposite is not accurate, though, as wax paper can create fire in the oven and change the quality of your final product.

Baking paper and parchment paper are the most similar. However, the small differences in their production and materials can make a world of difference when you are in the midst of a complicated recipe. 

Wax Paper Vs. Parchment 

Ok, so you know the differences and different types of paper for baking but, there are still a few questions.

Can you use wax and parchment interchangeably for baking?

Wax paper is covered with soybean or paraffin wax, which can never be used in the oven. It melts at low temperatures, destroys the food, and leaves a mess, and at a higher heat, it might also burn!

For both ends, wax paper is usually coated. It’s non-stick and resistant to moisture, making it perfect for cooking fruit. If you weigh messy ingredients, such as flour, cornstarch, or sugar, put a sheet of wax paper down your work surface.

This smart trick can make a difference in the amount of time you will spend on clean-up and cut down on waste by conserving ingredients.

Similarly, sifting the ingredients or shredding cheese directly onto the paper before placing them in a bowl streamlines the clean-up process. You may also use it to roll out dough, frost cookies, or pound chicken cutlets of the same size.

The Many Uses of Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is available in white or unbleached (brown). It doesn’t matter which one you use, though unbleached has recently become popular as a lovely way to package gifts or food items.

To make clean-up simple, use parchment paper to line cake pans and pie pans. Trace the pan on the paper before cutting to make a better match. You could also find pre-cut rounds to match your pans in the grocery store.

Pro tip: Butter the pans in front of the paper, to make the parchment paper stick to the pan’s smooth surface.

You should precisely line your cookie sheets with paper for baking. Placing cookies on parchment stops them from sticking or falling apart.

With parchment paper sheets, you can decorate a cake like a pro without dealing with a messy reusable pipe bag. Rectangular sheets can be conveniently shaped into a piping cone for cake decorating.

Baking: A Careful Science

Whether you are experienced with baking basics or just getting your feet wet, one thing is certain. You must pay attention to the details.

Often times you have to use special care when baking. From the way you incorporate your ingredients to the quality of what you are using to make your cake, pie, or cookies. Consider using advanced baking techniques to up the ante.

The pros use different types of paper such as parchment or waxed paper. These types of tools keep baked items from getting damaged while cooking. Bake like a professional and figure out what type of paper is best for your recipe.