Pies and tarts are desserts that are filled with sweetness and wrapped inside a crust. However, both of them are distinct things; you can still call the pies and tarts as close cousins. A pie is a savory or sweet dish with a filling and a crust. Its crust is made using cold water, salt and flour while a tart is a savory or sweet dish that consists of a bottom crust and shallow sides. Tart’s dough is made using butter, flour, sugar, and cold water. They are relatable to each other so much that people get confused while choosing their pans. If you are new in the world of cooking, you might also not be aware of the fact that both of them have individual pans for them. The main difference between a pie pan and a tart pan is of shape and depth of their sides. Tarts are baked in a pan that has a removable bottom while pies served straight in the dish in which they are made.
Let us discuss each one of them briefly so that you’ll be able to differentiate between a pie pan and a tart pan easily.
A pie pan is also known as a pie dish, pie tin, or a pie plate. It has a round shape, shallow center, and sloping sides. The pie plates measure around 9 or 9.5 inches; their depth may vary (1.2 to 2 inches). Apparently, these dimensions are very small but they make a great difference in the dish. Some pie plates are made using Pyrex glass, aluminum, fired clay, heavy black steel, or tin. Pie lovers prefer pyrex pie plates because they give a more reliable result by evenly browning the crust. Some pie plates even have a removable bottom portion that can be removed after the pie is done. The pie plates that have around 10 inches of measurement should not be preferred because the edges of the pies tend to over-bake in such pie plates while the center remains uncooked.
Unlike the pie dishes, tart pans come in numerous varieties of sizes and shapes. Tarts pans typically have a removable bottom or a ring on the top of the baking sheet. A tart pan may be rectangular to round, its size may vary from four to twelve inches with a depth of ¾ to 2 inches. Some cooks even prefer using tart rings for making tarts, tart rings are also known as flan rings. It is a thin circle made up of metal that has a depth of ½ to 1 inch and different diameters. The tart rings or flan rings sit directly over the baking sheet, and this makes the crust crisper. Such rings are perfect for savory tarts that contain a lot of sugar inside their crust. This is because the ring will brown the sweet crust during baking regardless of how it is made. The round-shaped tart pans are also known as quiche pans. One should take care while forming the tart dough inside the ring.
Which is better pan for you?
When we talk about construction, the pie plates are known to have a more durable construction. On the other hand, tart pans are good but not very long-lasting. You can use a pie plate in place of the tart pan to make your tart, but you cannot make your pie in the tart pan.
So, if you have a pie plate it’ll come handy when your tart pan is missing. If you ask which is better, according to us, pie plates are better with a longer lifespan.