All my cheesecake recipes call for you to collar a pan. I’ve had a lot of people ask me exactly what it means to collar a pan and how to-do it. It is simple to do and so helpful in so many situations. When you are baking a cake of any type and you are worried your pans aren’t tall enough for what you need. Here is a simple tutorial to walk you through the simple but useful technique.
Cut Your Collar
Tear a piece of parchment paper off the roll longer than you will need. I hate having to piece together a collar and would rather have waste. It makes a better and stronger collar that will give you less issues during baking. Then eyeball or measure with a strip of parchment about 3 inches taller than your pan. Cut off extra.
Place Your Collar in the Pan
Spray your pan with a thin layer of non-stick spray. This is your glue. Smooth measured strip of parchment inside the pan, going all the way from the bottom of the pan to the top. This will also make it so easy to remove the cake from the pan.
Once you have smoothed the strip of parchment, trim any excess beyond about an inch. It is good for the parchment to overlap slightly. I’ll spray a bit more non-stick spray where it overlaps to secure the end.
Slide bottom of springform pan into pan (I cover this in parchment too, just trace a circle on parchment, cut it out and secure with non-stick spray.). Your pan is 100% ready to pour whatever batter you are using into the pan.
In an Instant Pot the wet steam definitely makes the paper soft, however it holds up long enough for the cheesecake to set. I’ve never had any issue with it. What other simple techniques would you like to see a short video or post on? Let me know in the comments.