When Should You Blind Bake a Pie Crust?

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Q: When making a pie, when do you par bake the crust? I see recipes where you bake the crust, then bake it with the filling, and others where you fill the pie before ever baking it. What's the reason for either method?

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Editor: You can read a bit more about par-baking and blind-baking in this post:

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