An Exploration of Pie Crusts

Rolling out pie dough was something that used to give me a bit of anxiety. It was daunting to me because I was never fully confident that I could do it well. There was a small part of me that feared I'd mess it up and/or succumb to my frustration and just give up halfway through. 

Well, after baking six pies in the last two months, all my fears are long gone. I've found the right recipe and perfected all the right moves and I'm no longer terrified of not being able to pull it off. 

The best part about having honed in my technique is that now I can really focus on being creative with the top crust. I was never brave enough to try anything other than the standard solid top crust with slits to let out steam, but I also never realized how versatile it can be. You can crimp it, weave it, cut out shapes, braid it -- the possibilities are endless. I've seen some great photos around the Internet that's really inspired me to try something new every time. The results always turn out great! Here's just a few of what I've done so far:

Cookie Cutter Crust

I rolled out the dough for the top crust as I usually do, and used a cookie cutter to cut out shapes to overlap on top of the apples. I love the way it came out! It's probably my most creative one yet. The great part is that you can use whatever shape cookie cutter you have on hand. I thought it would be especially cute to use this heart-shaped cutter :)

Cookie Cutter Crust

Cookie Cutter Crust

For this version I used a cookie cutter on the extra dough that was leftover from the bottom crust. Since this was going to be a pumpkin pie, I wouldn't be making a top crust but I still wanted to do something special. I cut out small circles and overlapped them along the edge of the pie. Unfortunately I didn't think to snap a pic of the finished piece, but this is what it looked like before baking in the oven. 

Cookie Cutter Crust for a Mini Pumpkin Pie

Cookie Cutter Crust for a Mini Pumpkin Pie

Polka Dot Pie Crust

This one is also very unique, and actually got me featured on feedfeed! I used a small circular cookie cutter to create a polka dot pattern on the top crust. (I actually saved the cut outs and used it for the pie shown above.) I love how playful and cute it looks! 

Polka Dot Apple Pie

Polka Dot Apple Pie

Lattice Crust

And finally, the quintessential apple pie crust! If you think it's too challenging to pull off, trust me when I say you're just fooling yourself. Give it a try, you might end up surprising yourself at how easy this is! This quick and easy video tutorial will show you the basics.

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Braided Crust

I'm planning on braiding the crust on my next pumpkin pie, so I don't have a picture of it yet, but I'm excited to see how it comes out! Stay tuned :)

Happy Baking!!