Decorating pie dough is easy if you follow these simple and easy tips!
For some people, making homemade pie dough is a challenge.
Last week we went through the basics of how easy it is to make homemade pie dough using the recipe I use all the time to make my own homemade pie dough.
Today I thought we'd discuss how to crimp the edges of your pie dough and how to decorate pie crust of your homemade 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.
Pie Crust Basics - Part Two
Here are a few tips 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.
THIS is how I crimp my pie crust, just like Land O Lakes Easy and it always comes out pretty.
Love this look from Land O Lakes
Love this design from Paula Deen
Look how beautiful once the pie is baked from Mouldy Locks
You can really get fancy with the cut outs.
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.
Here are some tools to help you make some pretty pie crusts
Mini Pie Tart Pan - this helps you make mini pies!
Here is a recipe I made for Pumpkin Pie Treats using the pie crust cutters and the mini tart pan. They really are easy when you have the right tools.
Click the photo below to read Part One of our Pie Crust Basics.
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