Wednesday, July 23

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR PIE BAKING

When life gives you lemons — or sweet, juicy berries — make a pie. In my kitchen, I’ve baked enough pies to have strong opinions about which gadgets are the best tools for any home baker. Here are some of my favorites.

OXO Steel Pie Server
This OXO pie server is my favorite. I like its comfortable handle and offset, double-edged serrated blade, which slices cleanly and lifts intact slices easily, no matter the filling or crust. Its broad blade securely supports slices in transit. And the price is right! Amazon, $9.99


OXO Food Scale
Exceptional. The super-clear display offers an optional backlight, four easy-to-read buttons, and, unique to OXO, can be pulled out from the large, removable platform when weighing bulky items. Amazon, $49.99


OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush
This light, maneuverable brush features perforated flaps in the bristles that hold liquid like a bubble wand. It easily traps an egg wash, yet delicate enough to brush pie pastry without damage. Its handle is comfortable and secure; the angled head helped reach tight spots and prevents drips on the counter when you set it down. Amazon, $6.99


Rubbermaid Professional 13 1/2 High-Heat Scraper
This practical, no-nonsense spatula is aces! With a great balance of flexibility and firmness for both the head and the handle. A terrific choice for nearly any job in the kitchen. These are the only spatulas I buy.  Amazon, $18.99


Pyrex 9" Pie Plate
Good crisping and browning, a see-through bottom to monitor the bottom crust, a half-inch rim, angled sides, and a low price makes this pie plate my number one choice again and again. Amazon, $8.99

Rose's Perfect Pie Plate by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Rose Levy Beranbaum, author of The Pie and Pastry Bible, designed this scalloped-edge ceramic plate to help create attractive pies. It made perfect filling and browned edges. Amazon, $19.99

Chicago Metallic No-Drip Pie Shield
The silicone center ring on this oval pan keeps the pie plate anchored in place, allowing easy transfer of the ring and pie plate into and out of the oven without fear of the pie sliding off. The wide rim makes it a breeze to grasp through oven mitts and its nonstick surface cleans up easily. Amazon, $14.95

Ventilated Pie Weight by Chicago Metallic
Much easier to use than traditional pie weights, this model drops into the center of the pie shell and comes out just as effortlessly. The nonstick-coated, perforated metal disk and silicone outer ring are oven safe up to 450 degrees and top-rack dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.  Amazon, $12.95

J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel
This pin handles dough for pies, cookies, pizza, and yeasted rolls beautifully. It's lightweight and has a slightly textured surface that holds a dusting of flour for less sticking. Its long, straight shape makes achieving even dough thickness and rolling out larger disks easy. Amazon, $13.95

Dexter-Russell 6" Dough Cutter/Scraper—Sani-Safe Series
The deeply beveled edge of this scraper can cut through pizza, cookie, pie and bread dough quickly and scraps the work surface effectively. The textured polypropylene handle is easy to hold on to, even with greasy or floury hands, and is thinner than other scrapers’ handles, helping you to hold it flat to the work surface for easier, more effective scooping and scraping. Amazon, $6.99

Wear-Ever Half Size Heavy Duty Sheet Pan
The search is over. This sheet pan produces perfect cookies, oven fries, and jellyroll cakes brown and release easily. It can't be twisted and will not warp. I always put a pan on the bottom rack of my oven when baking fruit pies, keeping any excess juices from dripping and burning. Amazon, $14.99

CIA Bakeware 12" x 17 Cooling Rack
Fitting perfectly inside a standard 18- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet, this cooling rack offers extra support with a central brace and six feet rather than four. It will not warp in oven or dishwasher. Amazon, $15.95

Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set
Comfortable and accurate with long handles, this set nests nicely. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to sweep accurately.  Amazon, $11.95

Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup
The unbeatable traditional version of the Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cup is the best for liquid measurements. Amazon, $5.99

Amco Houseworks Professional Performance 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set
This stainless steel set measures with perfect accuracy and offers moderate weight, great balance, and long, level, clearly marked handles. Amazon, $14.95


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2 comments:

  1. I love a deep dish glass Pyrex dish for my pies. The deeper the better! Now I want pie. Whacha got?

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    1. I know Patti, I've used Pyrex deep dish pie plates for 30 years.....yes 30!

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