Tart pans are found in different sizes and materials. They can come in aluminum, ceramic, glass, silicone, and nonstick. Although nonstick materials and silicone are popular, the choice of material is a matter of preference. Tart pans are easily found at large retail establishments. The price varies according to size and material. By way of example, a 28-cm diameter nonstick tart pan can cost around 10 euros.
Tart pans can be used for a considerable number of dishes, including quiche Lorraine, apple and vegetable pies, and chocolate tart.
To prevent the pastry from becoming soggy, you should prebake it; in other words, bake it by itself without filling for around 10 minutes. To stop the pastry from deforming, place pie weights (baking beans) or dried beans on top.
If the pan has no nonstick coating, you should grease it with butter and flour so that the pastry doesn’t stick. You should then crimp the edges of the pastry, which involves raising them over the edge of the pan and pushing down a little with your fingers. The purpose of this is that the edges of the tart or pie will adhere slightly to the pan so it doesn’t shrink when baked. After this, add the filling and bake in a preheated oven.