Essential Pie-Making Tools You’ll Use Now and Forever
Make it pie time to bake with these pastry-making essentials.
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
- Sur La Table, $45
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.
- Crate&Barrel, $15
And in copper! So in right now.
- Amazon, $6
Cut your butter into your flour to create the perfect pea-sized pieces you keep reading about. A little elbow grease never hurt anyone!
- Amazon, $229
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
- Amazon, $20
Or make it even simpler for yourself and roll against a pastry mat with measurements right on it until you reach your desired length.
- Amazon, $5.63/set of 2
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.
- Sur La Table, $12.95
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
- Williams Sonoma, $20
We won’t tell if you don’t tell.
Ceramic Pie Weights
- Sur La Table, $14
Don’t be a victim of crust shrinkage. These reusable ceramic weights keep your pastry shape in place and are washable.
Ceramic Pie Plate
- Food52, $75
Did this stoneware pie plate make you swoon, too? Almost makes finishing the pie a real treat.