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How to Make a Pie

How to Make Pie Crust Cutouts
For extra special occasions, make the top crust of your double-crust pie really spectacular with pretty pie crust cutouts.
  1. Cut out decorative designs in the top crust with a sharp paring knife, reserving the scraps. Re-roll dough scraps and cut out decorative elements such as flowers and leaves.

    Cut out decorative designs with a paring knife when making pretty pie crust cutouts for pastries.
    Cut out decorative designs
    with a paring knife.
  2. Brush top crust with milk. Place shapes on pie and bake according to recipe directions for a truly beautiful dessert.

    Place cutouts on pie when making pretty pie crust cutouts for pastries.
    Place shapes on pie.

Meringue pie is a favorite of many. Find tips for making meringue in the next section.

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