The other night, I was baking a sheet of puff pastry for a veggie-topped refrigerator pizza. Time got away from me, and I got the puff pastry out of the oven just as the bottom started to burn. Not wanting to throw the base of dinner away, and also not wanting to eat semi-burned food, I had to think of a way to get rid of the bottom of the burned crust. My successful solution, after the jump…I got out one of my top-five kitchen tools, the microplane. I have a very long, very sharp microplane, and it was the perfect tool to cure my puff pastry’s burn. I simply slid the sheet of pastry on its side and literally shaved off the burned parts with the microplane. Because the microplane was sharp, I didn’t have to apply much pressure at all, and the burned parts came right off, leaving the edible sheet in tact. It felt like woodshop in my kitchen, and was immensely fun and simple.
You can use this on any type of baked good to rescue barely-burnt muffins, breads, or cookies from the trash can. Try it out next time you have an absentminded moment away from the oven.