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Why You Should Bake Pie in a Cast Iron Skillet

A blueberry pie is baked inside a cast iron skillet.
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With the holidays right around the corner, many of us might be gearing up to bake a homemade pie. There’s nothing better than attaining a beautifully brown, flaky crust, and you likely have one item in your kitchen that makes it easy to do so.

Instead of using a pie pan, bake your pie in a cast iron skillet.

Chefs love cast iron skillets for their mastery of retaining and holding heat. They can also perfectly distribute heat throughout the entire skillet. This perfect distribution will absorb all the moisture in the pan, creating a beautiful, crispy crust on your pie.

Utopia Kitchen 12.5 Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast iron Skillet

Evenly cook your meals with a dependable, non-stick skillet.

Fortunately, baking the pie in a skillet rather than a pan doesn’t involve many changes to baking instructions. It depends on the type of filling, but most pies bake between 375-425 degrees Fahrenheit in your skillet. If you notice the crust beginning to brown too much, you can also tent aluminum foil over the top of the pie until it’s fully cooked.

In addition to evenly distributing heat, the best cast iron skillets are non-stick, which makes it easier to dish out a beautiful piece of pie for your guests. Remember to let it cool before serving and enjoying your perfectly crispy and delicious holiday pie.

Cast iron skillets are a fantastic addition to the kitchen. There are tons of recipes for easy weeknight meals you can make in addition to a delicious pie.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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