Fall is upon us and that means plenty of fruit just waiting to be turned into delicious desserts for the next few months. Preserves, ice cream, and of course, pies. The quintessential fall dessert, pies come in an infinite number of shapes and sizes and with an infinite number of fillings. From ubiquitous classics like apple to forgotten favorites like rhubarb custard, there’s a pie for everyone.
But it takes more than a tasty filling to make a good pie. You also need a killer crust. These ideas will help you get your crust game on point and really wow the next family gathering.
1. Simple but awesome, these tiny leaves turn your pie into an edible centerpiece.
Cookie cutters go a long way.
2. Don’t forget to get creative. Leaves come in many varieties, after all.
And there’s lots of shapes and sizes to choose from.
3. There’s always the old standby, the lovely lattice.
After all, it’s a classic.
4. But you can even spice that up a bit, with a herringbone pattern.
It’s kind of like the lattice, but more modern.
5. Or if you’re really ambitious, even an out-there spiralled design.
Don’t worry, it looks a lot harder than it is.
6. Don’t forget the basics, like crimping your crust edges.
It’s a simple way to add flair.
7. But don’t stop there. This floral design is almost too pretty to eat.
The one is sure to impress guests.
8. When cutting shapes for your crust, don’t forget you can use the leftovers, too.
The fall leaves would work for this technique too.
9. It’s a little extra work, but this braid will blow their minds.
It’s a simple, but unexpected twist. See what I did there?
10. For a modern take, try this unusual idea.
It’s a little weird, but definitely memorable.
11. And of course, shallow muffin tins make for great mini crusts.
One of the simplest, and most delicious.
12. If you’re going for a solid-top pie, you can spruce that up with a doily pattern.
The end result is simply stunning.
13. But even open-top pies can get some love.
This is perfect for the holidays.
14. Tell the typography buff in your life how you really feel with a clever calligraphy crust.
All you need is a sharp knife and your imagination.