Whether it’s apple, pumpkin or pecan, pie is the quintessential fall dessert especially for Thanksgiving. But just because the flavors are classic flavors, doesn’t mean pies have to look the same every year. These days there are so many beautiful lattice pies and ones decorated with seasonal leaves all over the Internet. Lovely golden strips of pastry, cut into so many different shapes, crisscrossed and layered atop delicious fruit fillings. Some creations are almost too beautiful to eat! With Thanksgiving a week away I wanted share a few fun and unique crust embellishments to inspire your traditional holiday pie. Remember pie is never about perfection, it’s about a delicious flaky crust made to seal in slowly baked goodness. A little embellishment goes a long way, so get creative and have fun with these easy ways to take your Thanksgiving pies to the next level!
Lattice with a Twist
Instead of a classic crimped edge, use a pretty braid to seal your beautiful lattice work. Another simple way to switch up that lattice top is to make it look like plaid. Use strips with varying thicknesses and change up how you weave each. It’s a subtle change, but it makes each pie unique.
via Dreamery | via Style Me Pretty
Say it with Words
Want to really impress with your pie skills, write out a word in a pretty font. Love or Grateful, would adorable, but it would be a perfect way to write Apple and let guests know each flavor. Print out a thick font and use it to cut your pie crust. This would really stand out on a pumpkin pie.
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A Nod to the Season
Autumn leaves on leaves on leaves on leaves. Cutting individual leaves does some time but it sure makes a beautiful statement. And how beautiful is this viney top?! It would be the perfect topper for an apple and grape pie!
via Dreamery | The Kitchen McCabe
This is probably the pie topper design I use the most. It’s pretty quick to prep and assemble, and looks really pretty. Use varying sizes for a variation or make three dimensional.
Polka dots make pie fun. They are a fullproof way to great the perfect edge or cut out tiny circles using a pastry tip to make a honeycomb pattern. It’s one of my faves.
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If you’re feeling really creative, pair different pattens, like a classic lattice with some pretty leaves.
via The Pretty Blog
Happy pie baking!