Pies have been around for centuries and the process of baking a pie has changed little. Early American settlers made pies as a way to stretch small food provisions, as pie crusts require less flour than bread and didn't require a brick oven for baking. To make a pie, you must have a pie dish, which can come in various sizes. Pie dishes might also be called pie plates or pie tins.
Most standard pie dishes are 9 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches deep. Most frozen pie crusts are this size as well. Other common pie dish sizes are 8 or 10 inches in diameter, with a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches. Check your recipe to know which size to use.
Some pie dishes are made for deep-dish pies. The depth of these pie dishes run between 1.5 to 2 inches. The diameter runs between 9 and 11 inches wide.
Pie Dish Material
Most pie dishes are made of glass or tin but can also be made using stoneware or ceramic material. Disposable pie dishes are made out of aluminium.
Measuring a Pie Dish
If you don't know what size pie dish you have, measuring the dish is an easy process. Be sure to measure the diameter using the inside edges, so as not to measure the thickness of the dish. To measure the depth, stick a ruler straight up in the dish; don't measure the slanted sides. To measure the volume, pour one cup of water at a time into the dish until it is filled to the brim.