Thanksgiving will soon be here and for many of us, that means pies will be featured on the dessert menu. These pie crust decorating ideas will take your Thanksgiving pies to a whole new level.
Homemade pies have never looked as appealing as these beautiful and easy pie crust designs. With stenciled pie crust tops, to lattice designs and leaf edges cut from special cutters, these pie crust decorating ideas will wow your guests.
If ever there was a time to add a special touch to your pie, it’s during the Thanksgiving holiday. These decorative pie crust toppers are the perfect way to personalize your pie, and delight your holiday party goers.
Leaf Edge Pie Crust
Making a leaf edge pie crust is very easy to do. Use leaf pie crust cutters to cut about 65 leaves of different designs.
The leaf cutouts are then baked for about 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown. The pumpkin pie is cooked separately. Once it is cooked, arrange the leaves in an overlapping design around the edges of the pie.Take your Thanksgiving pie to a whole new level with these awesome pie decorating ideas. From stenciled pie top, to a lattice crust and cut out designs, we have your holiday dessert table covered. Click To Tweet
Pithivier Pie Crust
If you aren’t in the mood to get involved in a fancy pie crust, try a pithivier. This decorative pie crust idea is so simple and quick to prepare.
To make the pie top designs, the surface of the pie crust is scored with a paring knife to make a decorative pattern. This pie decoration design can be as simple as lines cut into the top of the crust or you can make more elaborate swirls.
To make the cuts look sharper, be sure to use egg wash on the pastry before you score it. This will make the score marks lighter than top layer as the pie crust browns to enhance the design when cooked.
Maple Leaf Pie Crust Design
This pie crust looks difficult but actually is not. To make the design, just use a large maple leaf die cut over the top of the crust. The leaf will act as a stencil.
While the leaf is in place on your baked pie crust, just dust the top of the pie with powdered sugar around the outside. When you remove the leaf, the center of the pie will show with the powder around it. So pretty!
The idea is demonstrated here with a cake but can easily be done over a pie crust, too. This idea just screams fall.
Lattice Pie Crust Design
There is nothing more old fashioned than a freshly baked pie with a lattice top crust. The open work texture of this type of decorative pie crust allows the diner to easily see what is inside the pie.
The small holes in the pie crust also add a functional feature – they make perfect vents, allowing the steam to escape from the pie!
To make this pretty pie crust, simply cut very cold pie crust dough into strips. The wider the strip, the more rustic the pie will look. You can even a pastry wheel to give the strips a scalloped edge finish.
Lattice pie crusts can have the strips simply overlapping each other in opposite directions, or interwoven for a more intricate effect.
For a fun final touch to your pie crust design, dust the edges of the pie with powdered sugar after baking for a decorative look.
Cut-Out Pie Crusts
Cut-out pie crusts are easy to make. To prepare this type of design, roll out very cold pie crust dough with a marble rolling pin and make some cut-outs in the pie dough with a sharp paring knife.
Carefully place the pie crust with the cut-outs on top of your filled pie shell and crimp the edges together. The cut-outs will allow the pie to vent while cooking and will give a decorative look to the pie when baked.
More Pie Crust Decorating Ideas
These pie decorating ideas are just what you need to make your Thanksgiving pies the hit of your dessert table for the upcoming holidays.
Invest in just a few kitchen tools, such as leaf pie crust cutters (or mini cookie cutters,) a spiral pastry wheel and a few pie crust stencils and these decorative pies will just be the beginning of your creations.
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