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How To Blind Bake A Pie Crust

Wondering how to blind bake a pie crust? Also known as par-baking, this method will ensure your crust stands up to any filling!
A pie crust filled with lentils

Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s pie season, days from Thanksgiving, and I’m guessing you just looked up a pie recipe that needs to be Blind Baked. So, you Googled that and here we are. Welcome! I’ve got you covered. Don’t worry, it’s actually a simple, one-step process that will save your Holiday Pie from a soggy bottom.

Let’s start out with the obvious…

A pie crust filled with lentils for par-baking, or blind-baking.

What is Blind Baking?

No, it’s not going into the kitchen after too much egg nog. Baking blind is the method used to bake a pie crust or other pastry without the filling either only partially baked or fully baked.

Par-Baking Or Full-Baking Before Adding Filling

Some pies need a little extra pre-baked love so they don’t get soggy. Blind baking is often used for pies that have a very wet filling like a Pumpkin Pie or a Pecan Pie. Blind baking a pie crust is also necessary when it will be filled with an unbaked filling, in which case the crust must be fully baked like fruit tarts or a Chocolate Pudding Pie.

How To Blind Bake A Pie Crust

  1. Roll out your pastry to its desired thickness and place in a pie dish.
  2. Line it with a large piece of parchment and fill it with dry beans, raw rice, or lentils to stop the dough from rising up as it bakes.
  3. Bake at 350°F (180°C) until the dough looks matte instead of wet, about 20 minutes. If you need your pastry fully baked then remove the parchment paper and weights and bake for a further 10-15 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is just lightly golden.

A baked pie crust.

NOTE: Save the rice/beans to be used over and over in your future pies!

Want even more info about pie making? Check out my 7 Tips and Tools for Baking the Best Pies guide that will walk you through step-by-step the obstacles you might face.

Looking for an easy pie crust? Here is my Perfect Pie Crust recipe.

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