If desserts held a beauty contest, humble pies would lose to glamorous cakes every time. But we say it's time to put a little polish on that pie. Here are ideas for simple pastry cutouts that add extra eye appeal to our favorite homespun dessert.
Pie Cutout Basics
- Roll out scraps of pie crust on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thick.
- Dip your cookie cutter -- or knife, pastry wheel, whatever you're using to cut out shapes -- in flour. Then cut out shapes from the dough. Use a pastry wheel to cut out "diamonds." Or personalize a pie with mini alphabet cutters.
- To add color to cutouts, mix together raw egg yolk and food coloring -- and paint your shapes.
- Use a paring knife to draw veins on leaf cutouts.
- To "glue" the cutout shapes to the pie crust, dab the bottoms with water or egg wash.
- If you like, brush the pie with egg wash and sprinkle some coarse sugar over the top so the crust shines!
Bonus Tip: Use cutout shapes to hide cracks on pumpkin pies.
Some Top-Rated Pie & Crust Recipes
- Best Cherry Pie
- Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
- Mum's Irish Apple Pie
- Renee's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- French Pastry Pie Crust
Happy, pretty pies for everyone!
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