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In what looks like a serendipitous turn of events, Pi Day has fallen on one of the biggest snow days to hit the Northeast all winter. If you find yourself cozied up at home today, get yourself into a hygge mood with your favorite playlist, throw on a stylish apron, and bake up your favorite pie. Want to ensure a smooth pie-making experience? Be sure to arm yourself with the best tools first. From decidedly simple (but no less helpful) instruments, to more high-tech, optional gadgets, all are tested and designed to help you make easy work out of creating that perfectly flaky crust and the Instagram-worthy lattice top that may or may not accompany it.
A version of this post originally appeared on InStyle.com
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Clear Mixing Bowls
A nested set of durable, chip- and odor-resistant glass bowls saves space and offers up a variety of sizes for all of your cooking and baking needs.
Buy It! Duralex Lys Clear Stackable Bowls, set of 10, $40; surlatable.com
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And in copper! So in right now.
Buy It! Copper Measuring Spoons, $15; crateandbarrel.com
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Give your stainless set an upgrade with a beautiful ceramic set you can proudly display.
Buy It! Lina Measuring Cups, $32; anthropologie.com
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Cut your butter into your flour to create the perfect pea-sized pieces you keep reading about. A little elbow grease never hurt anyone!
Buy It! Winco 5-Blade Pastry Blender, $6; amazon.com
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But we won't judge you AT ALL if you want to speed up the crust-making process with a couple of quick pulses. Hey, Ina does it!
Buy It! Cuisinart Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor, $149; amazon.com
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Don't forget to get every last bit of flour and butter out of your vessel with sturdy, dishwasher-safe silicone spatulas.
Buy It! Upstreet Silicone Spatulas, $9.99; amazon.com
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Use the French pin with tapered edges for easy grasping as you roll out; the traditional straight pin is designed for uniform rolling.
Buy It! Wooden Rolling Pins, $65 each, food52.com
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This beautiful brass and walnut multitasker will not only help keep your work surfaces clean while baking, it will also come in handy transferring chopped vegetables to your pan when you're prepping dinner later.
Buy It! Dough Scraper with Walnut and Brass Handle, $34, food52.com
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Who knew a ruler could be so chic? When done in brass, even the smallest task of measuring your crust diameter becomes a high-design affair.
Buy It! Brass Ruler, $24; food52.com
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Baking Mat with Measurments
Or make it even simpler for yourself and roll against a pastry mat with measurements right on it until you reach your desired length.
Buy It! Fox Run Silicone Pastry/Baking Mat with Measurements, $16, amazon.com
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From brushing off excess flour off your crust to basting your Thanksgiving bird, these affordable brushes will find many uses in your kitchen. Make sure you pick up a few in different sizes.
Buy It! Good Cook Classic Pastry/Basting Brush Set, $3 for 2; amazon.com
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You think those pretty lattice crusts make themselves? Use this handy double pastry cutter for both smooth-sided and lattice strips (and maybe ravioli, too!).
Buy It! Stainless Steel Double Pastry Cutter, $10; surlatable.com
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Lattice Pie Crust Cutter
We won't tell if you don't tell.
Buy It! Williams Sonoma Lattice Pie Crust Cutter, $20; williams-sonoma.com
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Ceramic Pie Weights
Don't be a victim of crust shrinkage. These reusable ceramic weights keep your pastry shape in place and are washable.
Buy It! Ceramic Pie Weigths, $12; surlatable.com
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Look closely (and get another slice!) because these aluminum plates reveal a tiny, hand-stamped message.
Buy It! Hidden Quote 9-inch Pie Plate, $30 - $90; food52.com
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Ceramic Pie Plate
Did this stoneware pie plate make you swoon, too? Almost makes finishing the pie a real treat.
Buy It! Pour la tourtière d'Annette Stoneware Pie Plate, $75; food52.com
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File this under: things we didn't realize we needed. Until pie insurance becomes customary, PieBoxes will do.
Buy It! PieBox, $35 for box or $55 for box with leather strap; food52.com
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The gold edge adds a stylish, subtle accent to this stainless steel server.
Buy It! Besart Cake Server, $12; anthropologie.com
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Wooden Pie Server
This gorgeous hand-carved, black walnut server will only get better with age (and more pie).
Buy It! Black Walnut Wooden Pie Server, $42; food52.com
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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book
This book from the popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe is worth it for the signature salted caramel apple pie recipe alone. Flaky crusts, guaranteed.
Buy It! The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, $20; amazon.com
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Sweeter Off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season
Another welcome addition to your cookbook shelf, Arefi's book is filled with innovative fruit-filled desserts (yes, plenty of pie and pie derivatives, included) that will keep you hooked long after that last slice is gone.
Buy It! Sweeter Off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season, $13; amazon.com