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Pies may seem simple when compared to their taller, sweeter, more colorful cousin—cake—but anyone who's perfected one knows it's all about the details. And that includes finding the right pie pan. That's why we searched high and low to find the best dishes in which to bake pies, both savory and sweet. From glass to stainless steel to ceramic, these are our favorite pie pans.
There’s no doubt about it—the ruffle makes a statement. It also makes decoration a little easier for you since your pie crust can be formed right on the ruffles. That's not what makes this pick the best pie pan, though. It’s also designed to do hard work. The ceramic provides great heat retention for a perfectly browned pie crust that’s evenly baked from center to edge. It’s also resistant to temperature changes and can be used in the oven up to 520 degrees and under the broiler if your crumb topping didn’t brown as much as you like. It can even go directly from your refrigerator to the oven and is dishwasher and microwave safe. And, of course, it’s just downright pretty and looks great on the buffet table.
Pie is a wonderful thing, but storing the leftovers can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you’ve made a pie with a tall and fluffy meringue top. This pie plate solves the storage problem neatly with a plastic snap-on lid that will keep the pie safe until the last crumb is gone. The lid has vent holes to release heat in case you have to cover your pie while it's still warm—they'll reduce moisture that could make the crust soggy.
The pie plate itself is made from borosilicate glass that’s resistant to thermal shock and lets you monitor the crust’s browning as it bakes. It’s microwave safe if you want to reheat leftovers, and it’s dishwasher safe when the last bite of pie has been eaten.
For beginners, this pie pan does a lot of the work for you when it comes to decoratively shaping your pie crust. This beautiful, fluted pie plate is part of cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum's line of baking gear. The ruffled edge gives your pie an artistic flair, even if you’re not good at crimping the crust or finishing it with a fancy edge. The flutes also let you lift the pan easily from below, so you won’t mess up the crust as you retrieve the pie from the oven. This pie plate can even be used under the broiler if your crumb crust is a bit too pale.
Deep-dish pie means you can have more filling in your fruit pie and more meat in your shepherd’s pie with enough room left for a generous topping of mashed potatoes. This pretty deep-dish pie plate has a cheery blue exterior with creamy white on the inside of the pan and on top of the rim.
Made from ceramic, this heats evenly so the crust browns all around. It’s oven safe for baking pies as well as savory foods like meatloaf or scalloped potatoes. It’s freezer safe for prepping ahead, and it’s microwave safe for reheating leftovers. Hand washing is recommended, but the ceramic glaze releases food easily for simple cleanup.
The price is right, and the pan is practically indestructible. Made from stainless steel with a mirror finish, this won’t rust, crack, bend, shatter, or wear out. It can handle the heat of the oven and the chill of the freezer—and it can go directly from freezer to oven with no fear of thermal breakage. The mirror finish looks attractive for serving, and it helps the crust release easily from the pan for perfect slices every time. Not just for pie, this can also be used to roast a few vegetables or a small roast, and since it’s unbreakable, it’s great for transporting goodies to potlucks and parties. When the food is gone, this can go into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
While pies are normally served directly from the pan, tarts are often removed from their pans before they're plated. Flipping a pie or tart out of a traditional pie pan would be nearly impossible, but tart pans are made of two parts to make the process go more smoothly. Just a push up from the bottom pops the tart out of the pan's ring, so you can slide it onto a plate to be admired from all angles. This pick is made from steel with a nonstick coating so your pastries slide out easily, and it’s dishwasher-safe so you don't have to think about cleanup when there's tart to be eaten.
When you’re baking for a bake sale or a potluck, you sure don’t want to give away your favorite pie plate with your pie. Sure, a stack of 50 pie pans seems like a lot, but they'll never go bad, so you can keep them in your kitchen and skip the last-minute panic before Thanksgiving when you can't find disposable pie plates anywhere.
If you bake a lot, these pans can also be used for freezing stacks of unbaked pie crusts so you’ll have them on hand when you need them. They are made from aluminum in the standard 9-inch pie pan size, so they’re great for all your regular pie recipes. Re-use isn’t recommended, but they’re recyclable when you're finished with them.
If you're looking for the best all-around pie pan, our top pick is Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish. The ceramic pan provides great heat retention for a perfectly browned pie crust that’s evenly baked from center to edge. If you're looking for something more affordable, try Lindy's Stainless Steel 9-inch Pie Pan. It's a practically indestructible pan that won’t rust, crack, bend, shatter, or wear out.