Lattice Pie Crust is simple to make and turns any homemade pie crust into a masterpiece!
Pie is an easy classic dessert for good reason. It’s simple to make and uses ingredients most of us already have in the kitchen. A perfect pie filled with fruit is a dessert perfect for any occasion and it’s incredibly simple to make a beautiful lattice crust!
How To Make A Lattice Pie Crust
This is the only guide on how to make a lattice pie crust you will need. When you think of the perfect pie, you probably picture a fancy lattice crust. It is seriously easy to pull off, and takes your baking to a whole other level!
A lattice crust is created by weaving long strips of pie crust over top of the pie to create a weaved “mesh”. No only does it look gorgeous, it allows the steam to escape and allows all of the beautiful fruits inside to peek through.
It is super important to remember that pie crust is delicate, like any pastry dough. Aim to minimize the time you spend touching the pie crust. If the butter or shortening in the crust melts while you are preparing it, your crust will not be as light and flaky as you might have hoped!
Prepare your pie crust according to your recipe directions (this works with store bought crust too) and line a 9″ pie plate with a bottom crust and fill with your favorite fillings. Make sure the filling is completely cool before beginning.
For the Lattice Crust
- Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness and approximately a 12″ circle on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut the pie crust into long strips about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide. You can use a knife, a pizza cutter, pasta wheel or a pretty lattice cutter to cut them.
- To begin the lattice pie crust, use every other strip of crust and lay them evenly in one direction across your pie (image #1 above). Use the longer pieces in the centre, and the shorter ones towards the end.
- To begin the lattice pattern, gently fold back every second piece halfway and add one strip of pie crust across the center (image #2 above)
- Repeat this step alternating the pieces you fold back and adding more strips of dough.
- Once the whole pie is covered, trim any extra long pieces and crimp and seal the edges.
- Roll out any extra little dough pieces and cut out shapes to add pretty decoration to the pie, adhere with egg wash.
If you notice the dough becoming sticky, not to worry! Just dust your hands with flour before continuing. Once the lattice pie crust is on the pie, whisk an egg with a splash of water to create an egg wash, and spread it over the lattice pie crust. This helps the crust get a beautiful glossy golden brown color!
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There you have it, a pie crust that will impress your friends and family, and doesn’t take too much extra work!