12 Decorative Piecrusts That Will Wow the Crowd
Whether you want to give your pie a beautiful edge, top crust, or both, we've got you covered with all kinds of inspired ideas. Gather the tools below, then start crimping and cutting.
- Pastry brush
- Cookie or aspic cutters
- Fluted pastry wheel
- Paring knife
To make a crimped edge, line pie plate with dough. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Using the thumb and forefinger of one hand, push with thumb of other hand, crimping; continue around crust.
Make a braided edge by cutting 12-inch-long, 1/4-inch-thick strips of dough and braiding them together. Brush the edge of the crust or the bottom of the braids with water; secure. Trim braids equal to circumference.
Use cookie and aspic cutters to make designs out of spare dough; then attach them with water.
For a honeycomb pattern, cut out circles in the top crust with a round aspic cutter. Fold the bottom crust over the top, and seal.
To make a lattice, roll out dough into a 12-inch square; using a fluted pastry wheel, cut the square into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide strips. Lay strips, spaced 1 inch apart, across the filling. Fold back every other strip almost to the edge; then, at the folds, place a new strip perpendicular to the first ones. Return the folded strips so they overlap the new strip. Fold back the the other set of strips, stopping about 1 inch away from the first perpendicular strip; arrange another perpendicular strip at the folds. Continue until the lattice has been formed. Trim the overhanging strips so they are flush with the pie plate's edge. Using a fork, seal the strips to the edge.
Cinnamon-Sugar Shingled Crust
As long as you have a pie filling with flavors that complement cinnamon, this top crust is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Trust us, you'll be collecting compliments all night for this Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Slab Pie.
Scored Puff-Pastry Crust
Cutout Top Crust
2 Finishing Touches That Make All the Difference
A wash and a final sprinkling of sugar are key to a beautifully burnished piecrust. Here's everything you need to know to pick your finish.