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What Is Blind Baking and How to Blind Bake?

Updated on June 21, 2011
How to blind bake a pie crust with dried beans- add more beans Photo: aka_lusi @flickr
How to blind bake a pie crust with dried beans- add more beans Photo: aka_lusi @flickr

What Is Blind Baking?

Blind baking is a term used by bakers referring specifically to pie crusts and pastry shells. It is also called cooking empty or baking empty.

Blind baking is when a chef bakes a pie crust or pastry shell with no filling added. The pie crust may be either completely baked, or only partially baked, according to the recipe.

Why Blind Bake a Pie Crust?

The reason a baker bakes a pie crust first is because if a dough crust has certain fillings added and both of them are baked together, the crust will have a difficult time baking correctly. It will be soggy and doughy on the bottom. Also, because some fillings get done much quicker than the pie crust itself, or they can curdle. Blind baking is used for pie fillings that don't require cooking, too. Quiches are often prepared this way also.

There are a few steps to follow for learning how to blind bake. Here they are

How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust Step by Step

First, make your pie crust dough. Follow your favorite recipe.

Then, place the crust in a pie dish. Put it in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

Take the chilled pie dough crust out of the refrigerator. Line it with aluminum foil. You can also use parchment paper. This keeps the weights mentioned below from cooking into the crust.

Weight the pie crust down. There are many items you may use to accomplish this- marbles, dried beans, raw rice, or specially made pie weights. This helps prevent the pie crust from puffing and to keep the sides from collapsing.

Prick the sides and bottom of the pie crust in several places with a fork, too. This will keep the pie crust from forming bubbles and blisters while it bakes. Don't do this if you aren't blind baking a pie crust, but instead baking it with filling added. If you do, the filling will leak out onto the bottom of the pie pan, creating a mess.

Okay, now put the weighted pie crust into a 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven. Watch it carefully. When the edges just start to turn golden, remove the pie crust.

Now remove the pie weights and parchment paper. Put it back into the oven and bake til the pie crust is done, about 5 minutes.

It will be done when it's a light golden brown color. If the edges start to get too brown before the rest of the pie crust is done, cover the edges only with a specially made pie crust shield. Or wrap pieces of aluminum foil around the edges to cover them.

Alternative Way to Blind Bake a Pie Crust or Pastries

What Is Blind Baking and How to Blind Bake? Comments

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    • profile image 5 years ago

      I'm new to baking & confused about weighting & fuuly baking a piecrust - if doing this & the crust is fully baked how do you add the filling without burning the pie?

      Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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      Fill Your Heart Edible Memories 7 years ago from USA

      I did not know, thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for learning about an interesting term.

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Specialk3749, it is an interesting term, right? I use this term once in a while, but more often I just find myself saying "I'm pre-baking the crust."

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      I mentioned this term to my daughter the other day and she had a good laugh. I will have to send her this hub so that she knows I wasn't just making it up. LOL