When a recipe calls for a pre-baked pie shell you will need to blind bake the crust before adding the filling. Blind baking is easy but there are a couple of steps that are necessary to ensure a perfectly baked crust. Not properly preparing the crust in the pie plate prior to putting it in the oven will produce disappointing results. Without placing weights inside of shell, the crust will shrink from the sides of the plate when baking. Here are easy steps to blind bake a perfect crust.