Favorite Pie Making Tools

Over the years I’ve made a lot of pies.  I now have a small collection of tools I love to use when I make a pie, and today I’m sharing them with you!  So without further ado, here is the Hopeful Homemaker list of favorite pie making tools!

  1.  I’ve had my marble rolling pin for more than 20 years and I wouldn’t use anything else.  I love that it’s heavy, which makes rolling dough easier, and the marble also stays cold, which is just what a pie crust needs.
  2.  This marble pastry board is convenient, useful and beautiful.  It keeps pie crust cold, and is portable and easily cleaned on those days when the kitchen counters are covered with preparations for a feast.
  3.  Parchment paper already cut into large sheets has been my favorite kitchen luxury for many years.  I use it for everything, from lining a baking sheet on the rack beneath my fruit pies (like my Dutch Apple Pie) to catch spills, to rolling up my pumpkin rolls or baking breads and rolls.  This size is the most convenient and I have a drawer in my kitchen just for parchment paper!
  4. Emile Henry pie dishes are my favorite to bake in.  They are made in France and the quality is amazing.  The heat retention is superior, yet they can also go directly from the freezer to the oven without any damage.  The glaze on these dishes is extremely hard, and although I’ve had mine for years and served dozens of pies from it, there is not a scratch to be seen and they still look new!  I gave one to my Mother-in-law several years ago and she has loved hers as well.  To top it off, they’re gorgeous.  I cannot recommend these dishes highly enough.
  5. A good tart pan with removable bottom is helpful for non-traditional pie recipes like my Chocolate Pecan tart.  I use these pans for many recipes and love them.
  6. A sturdy pastry cutter is a must-have!
  7. I love my dough scraper.  It’s really handy for unsticking any section of dough that sticks to my pastry board when I’m ready to transfer it to the pie dish.

Of course, the most important part of any pie is quality ingredients (including good baking flour) and good flavor, but these tools make pie-making easier and more fun.  They are durable (I’ve had all of mine for years) and beautiful.  What tools can you not do without when you’re baking?  Please share in the comments!

Happy baking!
Love, Jennifer

 

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