Make it pie time to bake with these pastry-making essentials.

Essential Pie-Making Tools You’ll Use Now and Forever
Peden & Munk

To indulge in a delicious treat any day, get yourself into a hygge mood with your favorite playlist, throw on a stylish apron, and bake up your favorite pie. Want to ensure a smooth pie-making experience? Be sure to arm yourself with the best tools first. From decidedly simple (but no less helpful) instruments, to more high-tech, optional gadgets, all are tested and designed to help you make easy work out of creating that perfectly flaky crust and the Instagram-worthy lattice top that may or may not accompany it.

When it comes to working in the kitchen, proper preparation is half the battle! Below, some of our favorite pie-making tools, many of which will perform double-duty in the kitchen long after your homemade pie has been devoured. A crust-cutter, for example, can be used to cut sheets of fresh pasta, and the serving dishes are nice enough to be used year-round for food presentation. And you’ll wonder how you did without the brushes we found, which can be used for everything from dabbing on a delicate egg wash to slathering barbecue sauce.

A few tools are enormous time savers, as well. The genius lattice cutter we found will give you a perfect diamond-topped pie every time, with no braiding or elaborate folding required. And the tried-and-true Cuisinart is one of the handiest and most versatile tools there is—even the pros swear by it. Combine one or more of these gadgets to make your pie-baking as easy, as, well, you know.

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Clear Mixing Bowls

A nested set of durable, chip- and odor-resistant glass bowls saves space and offers up a variety of sizes for all of your cooking and baking needs.

Measuring Spoons

And in copper! So in right now.

Pastry Blender

Cut your butter into your flour to create the perfect pea-sized pieces you keep reading about. A little elbow grease never hurt anyone!

Food Processor

But we won’t judge you AT ALL if you want to speed up the crust-making process with a couple of quick pulses. Hey, Ina does it!

Baking Mat with Measurements

Or make it even simpler for yourself and roll against a pastry mat with measurements right on it until you reach your desired length.

Pastry Brush

From brushing off excess flour off your crust to basting your Thanksgiving bird, these affordable brushes will find many uses in your kitchen. Make sure you pick up a few in different sizes.

Pastry Cutter

You think those pretty lattice crusts make themselves? Use this handy double pastry cutter for both smooth-sided and lattice strips (and maybe ravioli, too!).

Lattice Pie Crust Cutter

We won’t tell if you don’t tell.

Ceramic Pie Weights

Don’t be a victim of crust shrinkage. These reusable ceramic weights keep your pastry shape in place and are washable.

Ceramic Pie Plate

Did this stoneware pie plate make you swoon, too? Almost makes finishing the pie a real treat.


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