(Mybluprint) – Create a pie that feeds your stomach … and your eyes.
Once you make your dough , there are simple ways to give your edges some TLC and shape a fancy crust that you (and your guests) will post on Instagram ASAP.
Fluting is one of the most basic methods for prettying up a pie crust. Simply pinch your thumb and forefinger together on the outside edge of the crust. Then, using your index finger from your other hand, press the dough in the center of your fingers. The dough will spread and be shaped by your fingers on the outside. Easy peasy!
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Depending on how tightly you hold your fingers outside the crust, you’ll get a more rounded or more pointed look to your fluting. Experiment until you find the design you like!
2. Pie Crust Cut-Outs
Cookie cutters (or fondant cutters) are your BFFs for striking pies. Cut out a series of shapes in your excess dough and lay them around the edge. The trickiest part of this method is the baking — you’ll need to keep an eye on your pie, because these cut-outs can brown too quickly and burn. It’s a good idea to wrap the edges in tin foil to protect it before putting it in the oven.
3. Fork Chevrons
Using a fork to score the edges of pie crust is common practice. But if you work methodically, you can create a brand new (and trendy!) look. To create a chevron edge, align the tines of a fork at a 45-degree angle and press. Then align the tines in the opposite direction and press again. Repeat this pattern until you work all the way around the perimeter.
4. Braided Edge
A braided edge will get an “OMG” reaction (and your fans don’t need to know how easy it is to make). For the simplest version, cut out two long strips of pie dough and alternately overlap each to form a braid. You can also make your braids more involved by incorporating more dough strips. Once the strips are joined together, place the braid around the pie and smooth the two ends together for a seamless effect.
5. Twirled Edge
A twirled edge is another way to add elegance and texture to your dessert. Start by cutting two long strips of dough. Then stack one on top of the other (this adds stability so your twist won’t wilt during baking) and twirl the dough as you wrap it around your pie.
6. Lattice Edge
Lattice isn’t just for the pie top — it looks lovely extended to the edges, too. There are a few ways to do this, but the simplest is to make a lattice pie top and have each strip drape over the edges of your pie. The dessert above uses this method and combines it with traditional fork indents for a gorgeous design.
7. Free-Form Decoration
If your leftover pie dough amounts to odds and ends, simply cut them into little strips and arrange them in squiggles along your pie. It’s an easy, creative and one-of-a-kind design. You can get some seriously cool edges using this method.
8. Dough Beads
For a preppy finish, roll your leftover dough into tiny balls and use these beads to line the pie. For the best results, moisten the edges of dough and the bottoms of each ball with water or an egg wash to help ’em stick. They’ll look positively regal on your pie.
You can also experiment with molding different shapes, such as little spirals or other easy-to-mold shapes. Just like with the beads, these will stick better if moistened before baking.
10. Rustic Edges
Photo via Bluprint member lalilillianna
“Rustic” does not equal “messy.” This free-form pie edge has a sort of shabby-chic elegance, but it has to be done with care. The above pie is an excellent example of a well-done rustic edge: by combining a loosely gathered crust with an ornate topper, the loose edges are charmingly intentional.
11. Dough Stripes
To create a simple-but-striking pie crust pattern, reserve a small amount of pie dough, roll it out and cut it into 2″ strips. Place these pieces at regular intervals around the crust. Then press the edges under the outside of the crust to hide them and get a polished look.
Good to Know
Because you’ll be filling the pie, you don’t need to worry about concealing the inner edges.
12. Sprinkle Edges
This one’s a bit outside the box, but if you’re making a sweet, sugary pie, adding sprinkles is a fun embellishment. Use water or an egg wash to moisten the dough, then carefully line the edges (emphases on carefully — you don’t want to get sprinkles all over your pie). This is also an easy way to decorate nontraditional crusts, like a cookie crumb pie crust .