How to Bake an Unfilled Pie Crust

By LeafTV Editor

A simple pastry crust can transform a boxed pudding mix into a chocolate pie, or leftover chicken into a special dinner. You can bake an unfilled crust ahead of time and keep it in your freezer, or make it just before filling to make a dessert or main dish. Choose a pastry or tart crust recipe for your unfilled pie crust.

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How To Bake An Unfilled Pie Crust

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The high heat keeps the crust crisp and bakes it quickly.

Make your favorite pie crust recipe or unfold a purchased refrigerated crust in your pie pan. Press firmly into the pie pan and crimp the edge of the crust with the tines of a fork, or crimp it by pinching it between your finger and thumb all the way around the crust.

Prick the bottom and side of the pie crust with the tines of a fork. Prick the crust many times, close together, all over. This will help keep the crust from puffing up during baking.

Slide the pie pan into the oven. Bake for 5 minutes. Check the crust. If the crust is bubbling up in any place, press down gently on the area with your fingertips or the back of a spoon. Return the pie crust to the oven and bake another 6 to 8 minutes. The crust should be light brown.

Remove the pie crust from the oven and cool completely before adding the filling.

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