Pie Crust Basics Part Two

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pie Crust Basics Part Two from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

For this week's tip, we are continuing to discuss pie dough.  
Last week we went through the basics of making pie dough.   Today I thought we'd discuss how to crimp and make the CRUST of your pie dough pretty because, as my mother always said, we taste food first with our eyes.
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When you bring a homemade pie to the table to slice and serve to your guests, you want it to look not only delicious, but pretty.  Crimping the edges of a pie crust makes your pie look pretty; plain and simple.  But there is another reason why we crimp our pie crusts.  It helps hold the edges of a single pie crust in place, so the dough doesn't slump down during baking.  

The most important thing to remember is to roll the dough a little longer than the pie plate so you have enough dough to build up a high edge.   Once you have rolled out your dough, transfer it to a pie plate.  You want to make sure the overhang is even all around, so trim if necessary.  Take the overhang and roll it under so you have a "cylinder" that rests along the edge of your pie crust.  


Now, let's discuss crimping. 

Here are a few ideas to help you make your pies pretty.

This is how my mother crimps her pie crust like Good Housekeeping  Using your index finger and your thumb, "squeeze" the dough to create a crimp.  I can never do it like this!  AND my mother does this so fast.
Crimping the pie crust from Walking on Sunshine Recipes


THIS is how I crimp my pie crust, just like  Land O Lakes  Easy and it always comes out pretty.
Crimping pie crust from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Love this look from Land O Lakes
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in pie dough for a decorative look from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.

Love this design from Paula Deen
Leaf pie dough shapes added to the pie crust from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


Look how beautiful once the pie is baked from Mouldy Locks
Pumpkin Pie with decorative leaf crust from Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


You can really get fancy with the cut outs.
Pie with fancy cut out leaves featured on Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


This is an easy idea from Paula Deen.  Just "braid" some strips of pie dough on top of the edge.
Make sure you brush some water underneath the braid so it will stick.
Braided pie crush featured on Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


Here are some tools to help you make some pretty pie crusts


Leaf shaped cookie cutters featured on Walking on Sunshine Recipes.




Here is a recipe I made for Pumpkin Pie Treats using the pie crust cutters.
Pumpkin Pie Treats from Walking on Sunshine Recipes


Pie Crust Basics Part Two from Walking on Sunshine Recipes LONG




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10 comments :

  1. G'day and wow...really enjoyed this post today Lois, true!
    LOVE the leaf pattern and the twist, but don't know if I could ever do...but might have to put this on my list now too! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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    1. Thank you Joanne! I actually purchased a few leaf cutouts and am going to experiment soon!

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  2. I always try for the way your mom does it, but I didn't know how it was done. Thanks for all the techniques, looking forward to trying some!

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    1. Thank you Sugar Cookies! These are just a few ideas. There are so many talented bakers out there!

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  3. Totally pinning this. I love the different crimping options you're teaching us! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  4. I pinned this. Thanks so much for the tips! My biggest pie problem (a First World problem, for sure): When I make a two crust pie, it always squirts out around the rim - not underneath but kinda where the bend in the pie occurs? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong! I vent the pie, I crimp (although not nearly as pretty as you), I'm stumped! Suggestions?

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  5. G'day Lois! You have totally inspired me with your post, true!
    I even ordered the leaf cookie cutters from the States and they will be arriving sometime before the New Year so thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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  6. I am terrible at crimping pie crusts! Earlier this week, I was baking a pie with my mom and even with her showing me how to do it (Land O Lakes style), I still couldn't get it right! I should use the cute cookie cutter shapes instead. Thanks for sharing with Merry Monday!

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  7. Great tips! Thanks for sharing with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party!

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