There’s nothing better than a delicious homemade pie. Just when you thought a slice of pie couldn’t get any sweeter, here are some festive ways to switch up the piecrust and wow your family and friends.
The old saying, “It’s as easy as pie!” couldn’t be truer when it comes to these delectable pie crust variations. By using pre-made pie crust dough and trying out these simple-to-make creations, family and friends will think you’re the next celebrity baker! Get ready to delight your guests with pies that look as tantalizing as they taste.
Pick your own passion with pie designs, including cookie-cutter shapes you’ve never thought of!
A Pinch of Peach
A ripe peach pie is always a party pleaser. Make yours even peachier with a crust that complements the pie to perfection. After laying out the pre-made dough onto your pie pan, pinch the excess dough around the rim between your thumb and forefinger into half-moon shapes all around the perimeter to match the shapes of the sliced peaches in your filling. Tidy up the loose ends by removing excess, in order to make the edges neat.
Once your pie is baked, you can place slices of fresh peaches right inside the pinched parts of the crust. Your pie will look like a professional creation — and only you will know the secret was right at your fingertips!
Braided Blueberry Bliss
Blueberry pie could make any mouth water, but once you match the looks to the taste, you’ve really got a pie contest-worthy creation! A braided perimeter is easy to make and truly makes your pie pop. Use pre-made dough and lay it out in your pan. Trim the excess and roll into a long log (at least three times as long as the perimeter of the pie). Divide the log into three equal portions and roll out into long, thin logs. Braid — as you would your hair — and set aside. After filling the shell with your blueberry filling, place the braid along the perimeter of the pie crust at the top. Press every 2.5 cm (1 inch) or so to assure it stays in place. Once your pie bakes and the braid puffs, even you will be impressed at how lovely it looks.
Braid away for a timeless pie look that works with sweet and savoury.
Tip: If you have extra dough, braid some dough pieces separately and create pie crust breadsticks for a delicious coffee complement!
Leafy Lemon (or Key Lime)
What’s more refreshing than a lemon or lime pie? The citrus flavours really burst and the scent makes your kitchen oh-so-inviting. Take that lemon or lime delight up a notch with a fancy crust that is super-simple to make. You’ll only need a leaf-shaped cookie cutter to create a luxurious crust for an already decadent pie.
After laying out your pre-made dough onto the bottom of your pan, baking and then adding your filling once it’s cooled, use your excess dough to make leaves with the cutter. Bake separately and decorate the top of the pie with the beautiful shapes. You can go all around the rim, make rows of leaves, create circular patterns — or come up with a design all your own.
Make the pie your own with leaves around the rim!
The Sky’s the Limit
There’s no limit to what you can do with cookie cutters of all shapes, sizes and themes. By cutting your own or pressing out star shapes with a cookie cutter, you can decorate the rim of your pie or scatter pie crust stars over the top of a delicious fruit-filled pie. Go for a strawberry, raspberry and blueberry filling with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top when you serve up this shimmering pie. Simply cut the star shapes from pre-made dough scraps, and after lining the pan with dough and filling, decorate the top with your stars. What a bright, festive sight!
Make your pie sparkle and shine with a star-studded, decorative rim!
You can make a dainty crust rim by creating small swirls with excess pre-made dough. Make strips with leftover dough after lining the pan by rolling out the dough and cutting even strips. Roll them up loosely into rosette shapes and place 2 cm (3/4 inch) apart around the perimeter of the pie before baking. Any filling will do, but the swirls will look (and taste) terrific on a pumpkin or other smooth pie. If you have extra dough, you can make small cookies for the next day. You can even use food colouring for added appeal. Enjoy these yummy swirls of sweetness!
What are your favourite pie crust creations? We’d love to hear all about them!