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Nov 23, 2005 04:59 PM

Can I Bake in This Pie Dish?

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I'm adding another pie at the last minute, but I'm out of pans and don't really want to run out. I have a pie dish that I purchased from Williams Sonoma years ago, but have never used other than for decorative purposes. Is it okay to bake in this dish? I assume Williams Sonoma would not sell something that looks like baking equipment if not, but you never know.

It's an 8 or 9 inch pan that is about 1 inch deep. It's ceramic with a pumpkin painted on the inside and it's covered with glaze.

I've never baked in a ceramic pan so, if it's okay to use this, is there anything special I need to know?

Thanks very much and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

    If you got it at Williams-Sonoma, you can bet your sweet bippy that it's going to be food safe. Go right ahead with the recipe, don't change a thing.


    1. Some ceramic baking pans can only withstand oven temps up to 350 degrees. But as with glass pie pans, you should decrease oven temperature by at least 25 degrees vs. using a metal pan. Also, don't put a refrigerator cold ceramic pan in a preheated oven.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Melanie Wong

        What if you need to refrigerate the crust before baking (in order to prevent shrinkage)?

        1. re: Molley

          Then devise a way for the ceramic pan to not be cold when it goes into the oven. Or use another pie pan.

      2. Is there a label with info on the bottom of the thing? What about a brand name? I'm with Comic Jester, though -- I would say go for it.

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        1. re: Dorothy

          i would not be confident that it could withstand baking temps without cracking.

          i do agree, however, with comic jester that it is probably food safe.

          food safe and oven safe are not the same thing.