Common questions

What can I use instead of blind baking?

What can I use instead of blind baking?

If you’re blind-baking and don’t have pie weights, try using: ① Dried beans: Set parchment paper or foil on top of the dough, then fill ‘er up with dried beans. ② Rice kernels: Use parchment paper or foil here, too, plus rice.

What beans can you use to blind bake pastry?

Baking beans can be regular dried beans or you can also use rice. Once the rice or beans have been used for baking then they are not really edible, but they can be cooled, stored in an airtight container and used time and time again for baking blind.

Can I use coffee beans as pie weights?

Ceramic pie weights are little round ceramic balls that sit on your pie crust, while it is baking. Starting with a cold crust, ready to put into the oven, gently lay a piece of foil over the dough. Fill the shell with coffee beans. Make sure to avoid any actual beans from touching the dough.

How can you blind bake without beans?

A large bag of rice is often inexpensive to invest in and can easily fill in a large pie crust area without problems. These medium-size pieces can cover a relatively large area with just a handful of them. Lentils are a colorful option and can easily be poured into the pie crust as a weight to keep the crust firm.

What are the best beans to use for pie weights?

If you have dried beans in your pantry, these can come in handy as pie weights, too. The type doesn’t matter, so use chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, even lentils. After using them a couple times, retire them as pie weights and turn them into dinner.

How do I make my pie crust not soggy?

7 Tips to Help You Avoid a Soggy Pie Crust

  1. Use less water. Use the liquid amount as a guideline and sprinkle it on a tablespoon at a time just until your dough comes together.
  2. Blind-bake your crust.
  3. Fight the puff a better way.
  4. Egg wash.
  5. Seal your crust with chocolate.
  6. Drain the fruit.
  7. Use thickeners.

Can you use dried beans for pie weights?

Here’s nice video that shows the effects of using pie weights (dried beans in this case) when blind baking. Skip ahead to about the 2:45 mark: Commercial pie weights usually take the form of ceramic balls. A sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil is placed over the crust and the weights are then placed on top.

Can You Blind bake a pie without filling?

Blind baking is essentially the pre-baking of a pie or tart crust without the filling. It can be either partially or fully baked depending upon the recipe. The filling is then added to the pre-baked crust and baked further if required. You can learn more about this process in my article about blind baking.

What can you use in place of pie weights?

Luckily there are plenty of alternatives to pie weights that you might have lying around the house or right in your kitchen, which can be used as a substitute and will work just as well. You may already have heard of “baking beans,” which are simply dried beans used as makeshift pie weights.

What can I use as a substitute for a pie crust?

Simply mold some aluminum foil around the pie crust and up the sides, then fill the crust with sugar. It will fill every nook and cranny of the pie tin, making sure that the dough is firmly in place. Re-use the sugar several times before using it in your favorite recipe for a toasted, caramel flavor.

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