When it comes to making a pie, there are a few tools you'll want to have on hand: a pie plate, of course, but also things like a rolling pin, food processor or dough cutter, and pie server. (Yes, it's worth it!)
If you're serious about making pie—or if you're just curious and want to give it an honest shot—here are the pie-making tools we recommend.
Besides a pie plate, the #1 tool you'll need for making a pie is a rolling pin. A French rolling pin, like this one made in Maine by Fletcher's Mill, is a great investment for any baker.
Buy it: Fletcher's Mill French Rolling Pin, $28 from Amazon
A lot of pie crust recipes (including two of our own) call for using a food processor to mix butter into flour. If you don't have a food processor, or you like the idea of doing it all by hand, you can do just that. Or maybe meet somewhere in the middle and opt for a pastry cutter! Some bakers even swear a pastry cutter gives them a flakier crust, because they have more control over the dough.
Buy it: Spring Chef Dough Blender and Pastry Cutter, $10 from Amazon
Really? A pie server is an essential pie-making tool? Yes.
"I think you really need an actual pie server," says Emma. "I made do for years without one, and serving was always a nightmare of mangled slices. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get one, but I'm glad I did! I have a few ornate pie servers thrifted from secondhand stores, but this practical one also gets the job done nicely."
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Pie Crust Shield
Depending on the type of pie you're making and the pie plate you're using, the edges of the pie crust may darken before the pie filling is completely cooked. You can cover it with a quickly-made aluminum foil ring, or pop a pie crust shield like this one on your pie! Saves time (and aluminum foil).
Buy it: NordicWare Adjustable Aluminum Pie Crust Shield, $13 from Amazon
If you've struggled with rolling pie dough out to the correct size, fear no more! A silicone pastry mat like this has measurement markings and volume and weight conversions so you can roll your pie dough like a pro.
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Ceramic Pie Bird
A pie bird, also known as a pie chimney or pie funnel, is a little prop that, when placed in the center of a pie prior to baking, helps vent steam so the pie filling doesn't bubble over. Claudia has one and loves it. You get the same result by cutting slits into the pie crust top, but that's not nearly as whimsical.
Buy it: Norpro Ceramic Pie Bird, $5 from Amazon
A Cookbook To Help You Master Pies
If you want to really get into pie making, then we recommend getting Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter by Kate Lebo. "Pie School is my FAVORITE pie book," says Summer. It promises to help you "master the art, science, and magic of creating the perfect pie," and we attest to its ability to do that!
Buy it: Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter by Kate Lebo, $22 from Amazon