Pie Plate Comparisons

For every pie web site, Instagram account, Facebook page, there is someone telling you that … is the optimal pie plate to use for baking. Glass, ceramic, metal or foil plates do  have differing baking characteristics and qualities. But be certain there is NO right one. Depending on the baking situation, you can use any plate to create an excellent pie. Review the comparisons and decide which one is right for YOU.

The same all-butter crust recipe was used for all examples shown.

Pyrex 9 Inch Glass Pie Plate

The Pyrex glass pie plate has been my choice for years. The advantage of glass is that it is easy to check the bottom crust for doneness. It is true that glass does not conduct heat as efficiently and evenly as ceramic or metal. Looking closely at the image of the bottom crust it seems that the sides are baked to a higher degree of doneness than the middle. This bears out my experiences as at times I  find the center of the pie less baked than the edges. The resultant crumb resembles that of  ceramic.

USA Pan Bakeware Aluminum 9 Inch Pie Plate

Metal pie plates are noted for their evenness of heat conduction . While there was not a big difference, evenness of baking did prove to be true. The pan I used was coated with Americoat, a silicone that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free. Because of the silicone and steep sides of the pan you need to make sure that you have enough pie weights to keep the crust from shrinking into the pan when par baking a crust. Surprisingly, the pan produced a crumb noticeably flakier than what was produced by ceramic or glass.

Ceramic 9 Inch Pie Plate

The ceramic plate baked similarly to the metal plate in terms of evenness of baking. The crumb produced was similar to the crumb of the glass pie plate. The ceramic plate certainly offers you the opportunity to create a much more attractive presentation of your pie.

Foil 9 Inch Pie Plate

The foil plate baked similarly to the metal plate in terms of evenness of baking. The crumb produced was similar to the crumb of the metal pie plate. You can confidently bake in the foil plate which offers you the option of baking pies for friends and neighbors without having to worry about your pie plate being returned.  Your friends and neighbors will be delighted.

Baking Times

Baking times for each plate varied slightly. All were baked at an oven temperature of 425 degrees with pie weights removed at 15 minutes.

  • Glass – 15 minutes with weights, additional 5 minutes for fully baked crust.
  • Ceramic – 15 minutes with weights, additional additional 10 minutes for fully baked crust
  • Metal – 15 minutes with weights, additional 15 minutes for fully baked crust