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31 Essential Tart and Pie Making Tools Every Home Baker Needs

Make pie baking easy as pie with these must-have products. With a good rolling pin, a few pans and some fun pie making tools, the sky's the limit with your recipes.

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Stoneware Pie Plate

After you’ve chosen a pie recipe, the next thing your mind might go to (besides grocery shopping) is what you’re going to bake it in. This Taste of Home pie plate is pretty and practical. It’ll fit just about any classic pie recipe and the markers around the edge guide you to cut perfect slices. Want to expand your pie plate collection? Here are some more of the best pie dishes around.

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Rolling Pin

Rolling pin picks are personal. Some folks like a hefty marble one while some prefer grandma’s hand-me-down rolling pin. If you’re starting from scratch, try a French rolling pin like this. It’s versatile and great for rolling out pie crust.

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Pastry Blender

Cutting butter into pie pastry is essential for flaky pie crust. Once you’ve got a good mixing bowl, use the pastry blender to press the blades into the butter until it is integrated into the dough. When you’re done making pie, you can use it to cut butter into your biscuit dough. Show off your skills by making our recipe for classic butter pie pastry.

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Silicone Pastry Mat

It sounds silly, but bakers know this is the truth: Rolling out the right size crust for your pie can be the trickiest part of the whole process. A silicone pastry mat can solve all those problems. This mat has printed guides to help you measure the right size round for your pie or tart pan. Soon this will become one of your favorite baking tools.

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Pastry Wheel

If you’re topping your apple pie with a lattice crust, grab this nifty gadget. This double-sided pastry wheel helps cut perfect strips of crust for decorating pies. One side cuts straight lines like a pizza cutter and the other makes fluted edges for a bit more panache.

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Pie Crust Cutter

If you struggle to roll your dough out to an exact circle, this handy pie crust cutter is for you. It precisely cuts your crust anywhere between 3 and 14 inches in diameter.

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Ruler

A plain, ol’ school ruler is a must in the kitchen. You’ll find yourself reaching for this basic ruler over and over to measure the diameter of your crust, the thickness of cookie dough or double-check the dimensions of a pie pan. Just like a food scale, it’s an invaluable tool and easy to stash right in the drawer with your other gadgets.

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Food Scale

Since many pie recipes require exact measurements, a food scale is a must-have baking tool. By the way, if you want to create your own pie recipe, all you’ll need is a food scale and our guide to baking ratios.

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Food Processor

Our test kitchen tested for the best food processors out there and landed on this food processor. With so many pie crusts involving cutting butter into the dough, a food processor can speed the process up and even guarantee a better crust consistency.

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Decorative Pie Crust Cutter

Making a beautiful pie crust is an art form, and it can be a bit intimidating. Do yourself a favor and pick up these pie crust cutters. Just like cookie cutters, you’ll cut shapes from your remaining pie dough and simply arrange them around your pie. Learn more tips on how to make decorative pie crusts.

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Mixing Bowls

No matter what pies and tarts you’re whipping up, you’re going to need a few different mixing bowls. You’ll need to mix up your filling, you’ll need to cut butter into the dry ingredients or you might need to whip egg whites for meringue. So invest in the best mixing bowls for your needs—you won’t regret it!

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Kitchen Scissors

Once you’ve rolled out your pie dough and gently draped it over your pie pan, you can take a pair of kitchen scissors and trim the edge of your pan so that you have a perfectly-proportioned pie.

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Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons

Precision is everything when it comes to baking pies and tarts. That’s why measuring out your ingredients is super important—we suggest investing in good measuring cups and measuring spoons so that when you’re making pretty tarts you can have consistent baking success.

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Immersion Blender

When beating eggs or pureeing the filling in a pumpkin pie or a lemon tart, an immersion blender is going to be your best friend. (Consider these tips on how to choose an immersion blender.) Rather than transferring your mixture to a blender and creating more dishes for yourself, you can simply place your immersion blender into your puree and whip it together.

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Apple Peeler

If you’re as apple pie obsessed as we are, you know how much this adorable apple peeler will come in handy. Whether you’re making our hand-held apple pies or a classic Dutch apple pie, peeling apples with this tool will make the whole baking experience a bit more monumental.

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Marble Pastry Board

When you’re making pie crust, or any kind of pastry, keeping your pastry cool is critical. Cold butter means flaky layers; melted butter means a mess. Using a marble pastry board, especially one that’s been chilled, will ensure that your pie crust stays cool to form those irresistible flaky layers.

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Deep Dish Pie Pan

For some recipes where you just can’t get enough filling, you’ll want a deeper pie dish. This Emile Henry pie pan is just a bit deeper than its classic counterpart and is perfect for accommodating all kinds of fillings, especially fruit fillings. It’s a lovely gift for pie bakers, too.

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Cherry Pitter

We admit it—this tool isn’t needed for just any ‘ole pie. But when you’re making cherry pie, this cherry pitter is a game-changer and keeps you from getting covered in cherry stain. Bonus: it also works for olives.

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Pastry Brush

To get a shiny glaze on top of your pies and tarts, you’ll need a pastry brush. For the delicate crust and fragile fruits, we recommend a natural fiber brush. It helps give all your bakes a pretty finishing touch.

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Tart Pan with Removable Bottom

A tart pan with a removable bottom is invaluable for avid tart bakers. The removable bottom makes it simple to get your prettiest tart recipes out in one piece and still look gorgeous.

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Pizza Pan

A pizza pan for tarts? You betcha! A large, round pan like this from our Taste of Home bakeware line is great for galettes and other rustic tarts. And when your galette is done baking, clean up the pan and try making homemade pizza.

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Pie Bird

When you make double-crust pies, over-filling is always an issue. You don’t want the insides to bubble over and mar the gorgeous crust. A pie bird is an old-fashioned device that can remedy this problem. Set this birdie into the top of your pie for a vent that will help release steam and prevent filling from seeping out of your pie. Learn exactly how to use a pie bird.

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Pie Weights

Many pies and tarts require you to blind bake the crust prior to filling. But you can’t just pop an empty shell into the oven—you need to put some weight inside to keep the bottom nice and flat. That’s where these reusable ceramic pie weights come in handy. You can use dried beans in a pinch, but the extra heft of these specially designed weights keeps everything in order.

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Pie Shield

Sometimes the crust of your favorite pie starts to brown faster than the filling can bake. Don’t fret! Prevent your crust from browning (or burning) with a pie shield. This adjustable silicone one fits any round pie pan and is much simpler to use than strips of aluminum foil.

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Cast-Iron Skillet

Nope, that cast-iron skillet isn’t just for dinner. This piece of cookware is also a must for rustic cast-iron pies. These deep-dish pies are homey and packed full of delicious flavor.

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Pie Server

We all know that the first slice of pie is the trickiest to remove from the pan, but with a flexible pie server, the job gets a lot easier. The flexible silicone of this OXO server bends easily to scoop up every bit of filling and crust.

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Bench Scraper

You’ll find dozens of uses for a bench scraper in your kitchen, but this small tool especially comes in handy when making pies. Use this tool to divide your pie crust, move bits of pastry or clean up your work top.

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Hand Pie Molds

OK, these little molds aren’t absolutely essential when it comes to pie-making tools, but they are so darn cute! These hand pie molds from Williams-Sonoma create adorable mini pies that go way beyond the basic shape. Just think how adorable these would be lined up for brunch or a dessert table.

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Tamper

When making a graham cracker crust for pies, you really need to compact those crumbs so they form a solid crust. A glass will do in a pinch, but this wooden tamper is the precise tool for the job. Use it to press down on the crumbs to form a solid base. The small side is also great for making mini pie crusts or even tassies.

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Tartlet Pan

Skip the slices. Everyone can enjoy their own individual treat with these adorable tartlet pans. The hardest part is deciding which mini pie recipe to make first.

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Personalized Wood Pie Box

You’ve made a beautiful pie, now where do you put it? Try this stunning storage box. Its airy design won’t smother your filling, and the flat, sturdy bottom makes this box an ideal option for traveling. This also makes for a great gift for bakers.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.