If you are new to blind baking...you are going to be amazed at how easy it is. If you are like huh blind baking? No you don't close your eyes while baking a pie. Blind baking means you partially bake your crust before adding the filling. You do this for cream and custard pies, like pumpkin pie. And since I know many of you are going to be making pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, I thought what better time than to talk about how to blind bake a crust! Blind baking can ensure your crust comes out perfectly baked, flaky, and tender, as oppossed to a soggy mess.
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven and roll out the pie crust. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your oven rack in the lower third of your ove. Prepare your crust as the recipe directs and then roll out your pie crust.
Step 2: Place your pie crust in your pie plate and decorate your pie edges.
Please excuse the craziness that is that crust 🙂 This is just part of my 4 ways to decorate a pie crust post!
Step 3: Line the pie crust with parchment paper
Cut off a large square of parchment paper (slightly larger than your pie). Cover the pie crust with the parchment paper, and make the sure the parchment paper is snug on the sides and the edges. You can also use aluminum foil if you are out of parchment paper!
Step 4: Line With Pie Weights (or uncooked beans or rice!)
You need to weight down the pie crust before placing it in then oven so it doesn't bubble up. You can use a fork to prick the crust, but I prefer weights. Fill the parchment paper lined crust with pie weights. If you don't own pie weights, you can use dried beans or uncooked rice. Save those beans or rice and use them again later for anytime you need to blind bake a crust!
Step 5: Bake the pie crust Place your pie on a cookie sheet and place in your oven. Bake for about 12- 15 minutes until the edges are barely golden. Then remove the parchment paper and pie weights. Fill your pie with your filling and finish baking!
And that's it! Just 5 easy steps to blind baking your crust!
Until next time...happy (pie) baking everyone!