There is nothing like the smell of a fresh pie baking in the oven whether it is a apple pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, or any other delicious concoction. You have a few options for what kind of cookware to bake your pie in: aluminum, nonstick, glass, pottery, cast iron, etc. Most will agree that aluminum and nonstick are not the best choices for cooking pies, so I will focus on the other three.
Glass Pie Pan
You can find great glass pie pans made by Pyrex or other companies. They are a good size, although they can be a bit shallower than some other pans. This means that you will not be making a very deep pie in these pans, but most pies aren’t too deep anyway, so it is okay. Pies will come out cooked very nicely with a good crust in glass pie pans.
Cast Iron Pan
These pans can be heavy, but many claim that they can bake an amazing pie. The trick is that you can never clean anything that is made out of cast iron with soap and it also needs to be seasoned. If using a cast iron pan you will want to make sure that you follow the directions provided to you in the box. A pie baked in a cast iron pan will have a great crust and the pie will be evenly cooked. This type of pan should also last a very long time if it is high quality and taken care of properly which includes not putting it in the dishwasher.
Pottery or Stoneware Pie Pan
Another type of pie pan favored by cooks is a pan that is made out of pottery or stoneware. You can buy these pans from a retail seller or you can buy them from a local crafter. These pans will produce great pies and are safe to go in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. The really nice thing about this type of pan is that you can buy a one of a kind pottery pie pan that is handmade and is almost like a work of art. You can also sometimes special order a pan from an artist that will make the pan in the exact color and size that you want. These are great to use for special occasions as the food tastes great and the beautiful artwork is revealed as your pie is devoured.
These pans may be found in a store, at a local craft fair, or you could even look online for your purchase. When buying anything online, it is a good idea to check out the reviews if the website provides them. This is a good way to check out the item before making your final purchase. After receiving your pan, make sure that there are no special directions for how to maintain it. Then, most importantly, have fun making many wonderful and delicious pies.