How to Make a Pie

How to Make a Lattice Crust Pie

Weaving a lattice top crust on a pie or tart is an elegant yet easy way to elevate your creation to a whole new level. You can achieve the effect without actually weaving and interspersing the strips.
  1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to a 10-inch square. Use a pizza wheel or sharp knife to cut dough into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

    Use a pizza wheel to cut dough into strips when making lattice crust pie pastries.
    Use a pizza wheel to cut dough into strips.
  2. Arrange 4 or 5 strips of dough lengthwise across filling at regular intervals. Arrange another 4 or 5 strips of dough crosswise across top. Press ends of dough strips into edge of crust. Bake until golden brown.

    Arrange dough lengthwise and crosswise when making lattice crust pie pastries.
    Arrange strips lengthwise
    and then crosswise.

Decorative cutouts in pie crust can really create a sensational look. Learn more in the next section.

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