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Blind Bake Definition | How To Blind Bake
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Blind Bake Definition | How To Blind Bake

What Does Blind Baking Mean

When you are blind-baking it is to bake an empty pie, tart or flan shell so the pastry is partially cooked before the filling is added, or to cook completely if the filling isn’t to be cooked with the shell.

When blind baking a pastry crust you are doing it (without a filling) to stop the pastry base rising during cooking, by doing this it ensures that the bottom crust will be cooked through and crisp.

Blind baking is basically just pre baking the pie crust before filling it,

Why blind bake pie crust?

The reason we want to do this is because if we don’t blind bake the pie crust it won’t get a chance to cook and get golden brown and flaky,
It’ll be kind of soft and chewy.

The problem with just throwing these in the oven is if you do that the pie crust will bubble up.

This method is often used when one wants to create a cold pie with a baked crust.

How To Blind Bake A Pie Crust

How To Blind Bake A Pie Crust, blind baking a pie crust
Recipe Review Rating: 5 ★★★★★
Prep time: 2 Minutes – Cook time: 10 Minutes – Total time: 12 Minutes – Calories: 160 – Yield: 1 Serve

So how do you blind bake pie crust?
Blind baking a pie crust can be achieved by using 1 of these 3 different methods.

This guide will teach you how to blind bake a pie crust and getting that perfect pastry for your pie.


  • Pastry Dough or defrosted pastry sheet.

Then follow one of the 3 following methods;

  1. Blind Bake Without Weights

    The first method we’ll show you how to blind bake without weights, this is called docking the pie crust.
    Docking is the term for the simplest method of blind baking where you simply take a fork and prick the dough all over.
    These holes you produce allow the steam to escape and prevents the crust from bubbling up.

    The only time when you might want to use pie weights instead of docking is when the filling is very liquidy, as with quiche or other pies that will be fully baked in the oven.
    It is certainly not advisable for pies with wet fillings, as these can seep through the holes and then into or under the crust itself.

    Directions For Blind Baking Without Weights

    1. Roll out your pie dough.
    2. After you’ve rolled out the dough, using a fork, pierce the surface of the pastry dough all over making sure you get the sides too
    3. Throw into the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden.
  2. Blind Bake With Pie Weights

    A safer method is to weigh the crust down with “pie weights.”
    When using this method for a fully baked crust, the weights are removed before the pre-baking is complete in order to achieve a browned crust.

    Here, the pie crust is lined with aluminium foil or parchment paper, then filled with pastry- or pie weights (sometimes called “baking beans”) to ensure the crust retains its shape while baking.

    Substitutes For Pie Weights

    Pie-weights are available as ceramic or metal beads, but these substitutes for pie weights can be used instead.

    • Rice
    • Sugar
    • Dried peas
    • Lentils
    • Pinto beans
    • Other pulses

    Your homemade pie weights will probably be too dry to cook and eat afterward, but don’t toss them.
    If you save them in a labeled jar, you can use them the next time you need pie weights.

    Directions For Blind Baking Using Weights

    1. Line the base and sides of an uncooked pastry case with non-stick baking paper or foil.
    2. Fill it with dried beans, or rice, or macaroni elbows, or metal or ceramic baking weights.
    3. Place on a baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 220°C (428°F) for 8-10 minutes.
    4. Remove the pastry case from the oven and remove the baking paper or foil and weights.
    5. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until light golden.
  3. Another Pie Pan

    If you own two pie pans, you already have a perfectly shaped pie weight.
    This technique dispenses with weights by placing a second pie tin on top of the crust, then inverting the tins to bake.
    This will weigh down the crust and prevent it from puffing.

    In this method, the crust browns between the tins.

    Directions For Blind Baking Using Another Pie Pan

    1. Cover the dough-lined pie pan with parchment or foil.
    2. Place the second, empty pie pan on top.
    3. Place on a baking tray and cook in an oven preheated to 220°C (428°F) for 8-10 minutes.

Blind Baking A Pie Crust

Watch here as Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas shows you how to roll out and blind baking a pie crust.

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