Use Dough as a Dough Tamper
No need to buy a dough tamper to press pie/tart dough into pans! With this simple tip, you will have perfect, smooth crusts every time.
Use a small ball of extra pastry dough to tamp or press dough into tart and pie pans. It's more soft and gentle than using your hands. You won't leave fingerprints in your crust, giving a smooth finish, and you won't push your fingers through to the pan, leaving holes to patch in your crust. The dough is pressed firmly into the fluted grooves.