Demarle Silpain & Roul’Pat Baking Mats
The Demarle Silpain makes a fantastic bread baking mat while the Roul’Pat works exceptionally well for both preparation and baking of all kinds of foods.
Ease of Use/Performance: 24/25
How much I enjoy 25/25
Demarle is a French company established in 1965 developing nonstick baking products for the food industry with subsidiaries in Germany and the United States. Demarle makes silicone coated baking mats, specialty baking mats and pastry mats for nonstick baking and preparation like rolling dough.
Demarle is known worldwide as professional quality with the brand names Silpat, Silpain, Silform, Flexipan and Flexipat. Some of the baking mats are for special baking with forms and textures for specific pastries and baked goods while others are more for generic preparation and baking.
Demarle sent me two baking mats with both mats being perfect for home baking and fits the common half sheet cooking sheets people use for baking at home. The Demarle Silpain is a cooking mat specifically for baking breads while the Roul’Pat is great for rolling pie dough’s and baking.
The Demarle Silpain is a silicone mat that has a fiberglass weave inside but there are holes in the mat for water and air to pass through. The Demarle Roul’Pat is a solid silicone covered mat for rolling dough’s, mixing ingredients like making noodles and for baking.
The 1/2 sheet Silpain and Roul’Pat are 11 5/8 inches by 16 1/2 inches and fits a 13 by 18 inch sheet pan nicely for baking and cooking breads and other baked goods. The Silpain baking mats are great for breads and other dough based baked goods due to the holes in the mat design that allows water and air to pass through.
The Silpain mats are a fiberglass weave that has a silicone coating but with holes through the mat in the center area except for the 3/4 inch edge around the mat. This open air weave allows air to come up under the baking goods so that water will seep out of the dough and through the mat leaving a perfect crispy crust.
The Silpain is a professional quality mat and is used worldwide by bakers and cooks for great tasting and quality breads and baked goods. The non-stick silicone material covering the fiberglass weave ensures food won’t stick to the mat when baking but the Silpain works best for breads and thicker dough type baked goods.
I did some testing for baked goods and a few other things and found that cookies don’t work so well on the Silpain due to the cookie being more fats and less flour. Breads use more flour than cookies so a cookie based recipe will seep more into the holes of the Silpain baking mat and stick
They do not stick much but to easily slide them off the mat takes a spatula while other breads I have baked slide off simply by moving the mat out of the oven. I did bake some French bread pizza and baked cheese into the Silpain but the cheese simply peeled off and the leftover residue washed off just as easily.
Breads work very well for the nonstick baking mat and even if you’re not that good at making them yourself you can use store bought dough and even those refrigerator dough’s like Pillsbury for baking. I tried some store bought dough from Fetting’s, a frozen bread dough that happens to be from the same town where my wife grew up and it worked great.
The Fetting’s dough comes as four loaf sized frozen dough’s that you thaw and can bake in a pan or just plop down on the baking mat and bake as an Artisanal or old world style. Baking breads not in a loaf pan makes the shape more varied for an interesting and crustier bread that is perfect as a side for meals.
The Silpain works well for those refrigerator breads and even for pizza from these types of bread dough’s that come straight from the fridge to the oven. I tried some crescent rolls and pizza from the refrigerator dough that worked out very well and was tasty for some great baked goods.
The Roul’Pat is a great baking mat and rolling mat for preparing baked goods and other foods like noodles that is nonstick and easy to handle. The Roul’Pat as a food preparation mat needs a little care just like the Silpain with its fiberglass weave inside.
You cannot cut either baking mat so you need to make sure you don’t use knives or other sharp utensils on either mat so you don’t cut the fiberglass inside. Being fiberglass if you cut into the mat you may contaminate your food with fiberglass fibers that are inside the mat so don’t use sharp utensils on either mat.
The Roul’Pat makes a great food preparation mat with its nonstick surface for preparing foods like pie dough and noodles as well as bread. The mat makes an easy way to clean up after working on the food but it is also helpful in mixing as you can use the mat to help.
The mat is flexible so you can lift and roll the mat to help mix the ingredients as well as to move the ingredients to the center of the mat to help keep things on the mat. I had no problem mixing noodles and pie dough on the mat and liked being able to lift the mat to keep the ingredients centered.
The mat I received does not have any marks to help make a round pie shell but it does work well for rolling out dough and making a delicious pie. I also used it for mixing homemade noodles and the mat works especially well for this as you can easily lift the mat to the sink for cleanup.
The mat is great for making noodles as cleanup is much simpler being able to take the mat to the sink but baking and cooking with the mat is great as well. You can also freeze food on the mat for future baking due to the mats temperature range of -40 degrees to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can freeze dough and other ingredients on the Silpain because the silicone mat stays flexible even down to freezing temperatures. The Silpain works well for all kinds of baking and cooking like cookies were you don’t want things to stick to the cookie sheet you’re using.
The silicone mat does an excellent job with candies as well and other sticky things for both cooking and hardening candy that you can bake or drop onto the mat. The Roul’Pat makes an excellent addition to any kitchen for preparation, baking and easy cleanup for a wide variety of foods.
Both the Silpain and Roul’Pat make for a great pair of cooking and baking mats for both preparation and baking and are both about $25. I highly recommend the Silpain and Roul’Pat from Demarle for professional results in baking and cooking with easy cleanup.