A baked pie is a mighty beautiful thing, in my personal opinion. 🙂 Adding a simple lattice top crust gives a pie extra eye appeal and just makes it so pretty. And, it only takes a few extra steps to create a lovely lattice pie crust.
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It doesn’t matter if you use a homemade pie crust or a purchased one, it is easy to make the lattice for the top crust. I used a refrigerator crust for this tutorial.
How to make a lattice pie crust for pie
After placing the bottom crust into a pie pan, pour in your filling.
Cutting and placing pie crust strips
Using a knife or a pizza or pastry cutter, cut the dough into strips about 3/4-inch wide. I like to use a ruler to make a straight edge but you can just eyeball the cuts.
Begin by laying the strips all in the same direction on top of the pie filling with about 3/4-inch space between each strip.
Working with one strip of dough at a time, place it over the filling in the opposite direction.
Create the lattice pattern by lifting the perpendicular strips and placing the strip in your fingers over and under creating a weave pattern.
Continue this process until the lattice weave is complete over the top of the pie.
Trim the edges, if needed. Give the strips a little pinch into the bottom crust. Then crimp the edges all the way around to secure.
An egg wash is not necessary but it does give the finished pie a lovely golden brown color and it helps the sugar adhere to the pastry.
Whisk together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk and brush over the strips and edges of the crust.
If you have a few small pieces of dough left over, cut them into leaves, hearts, stars or other shapes. Attach to the top using a dab of egg wash to adhere.
I like to give the top of the pie a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar but this is optional too.
To prevent messy drips in the oven, place your pie onto a baking sheet. I always use this drip catcher with the opening in the center for even air flow and baking.
Another help that prevents overly browned edges, is a pie shield. You can also use aluminum foil if you notice the edges are getting too dark for your liking.
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Place the pie in the oven and bake according to recipe directions. A lattice pie crust is a lovely option for adding canned pie filling or for the following recipes:
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