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So you’ve decided to make a pie?
Making pie is a process, but don’t be overwhelmed. In the end it’s really easy as long as you pay attention and follow directions.
But in my opinion the best way to make it an easy process is the right tools. You don’t want to make the process more stressful by making it harder on yourself. Imagine rolling out a pie crust without a silicon mat…big sticky mess that will make a store bought crust sound very tempting. (Please resist!)
So let’s get to it. Here is (basically) everything you should have in your baking toolbox.
Instead of using your hands to make a pie crust, use a pastry blender. It helps keep your butter from melting while you mix—and cold (non-melted) little butter pieces are the key to flaky pie crusts.
Let’s talk about blind baking. To me it truthfully feels like I’ve put on a blind fold and attempted to make a pie. There’s always a lot more stress involved. Yeah, I know you can use dried beans to weigh down a crust. But when you’re already sweating about the process, these trusty ceramic pie weights are worth every penny.
No more overcooked, burnt crust edges! Instead of attempting to cover the edges with some foil, try a silicon crust shield. Both easier to use and reusable.
I feel like it is hard to express in words how much I love my bench scraper. It helps with everything and anything. Cut your butter into pieces, scrape up some flour, separate your dough balls.
Do you know how sad it is when you brake a yolk into your four perfectly separated egg whites? Let me tell you, it’s horribly depressing. But luckily this egg separator has my back.
I love caramel. I love it so much. An apple pie with caramel is exponentially better than an ordinary one. If you want to make a perfect caramel sauce, a candy thermometer will keep you from questioning whether the mixture is golden brown or if that’s just the lighting in your kitchen.
A lot of pie recipes involve multitasking—which can require more than one timer (think: caramel on the stove & apples juicing on the counter). As much as digital timers are wonderful, there is just something about an egg timer that I love. Plus this one is adorably shaped like an egg.
If you know me, you know my stance on store-bought pie crust. Once you’ve made one a few times, a homemade crust is super simple. But rolling out the crust on your counter? I feel your pain. Which is why a silicon mat is your best friend. Makes it easy and helps with clean-up. Win win.
I found these years ago at a random boutique kitchen store when I was living in Brooklyn. They’re probably my favorite thing on this list. (1) Magnetic so they stay together in a nice stack in my drawer. (2) There are two spoons for each measurement! (3) One spoon is narrow to fit in small spice jars. (4) They make a stainless steel version now. I could keep going…
Now that you’re armed with the best tools, you’re fully set up for success. Good luck with your pie baking adventures, and keep me posted! Would love to hear how your pies turn out.