Braided Edge: For a single-crust pie. Make enough pastry for a double crust. Line a 9-in. pie plate with the bottom pastry and trim pastry even with edge of pie plate. Roll remaining pastry into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut twelve 1/4-in.-wide strips; gently braid three strips. Brush edge of crust with water; place braid on edge and press lightly to secure. Repeat with remaining strips, attaching additional braids until entire edge is covered. --Taste of Home Test…
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Ruffle Edge Pie Crust: Used for a single- or double-crust pie. Trim pastry 1/2-in. beyond edge of pie plate (1 in. for a double-crust pie). Turn the overhanging pastry under to form the rolled edge. Position your thumb and index finger about 1 in. apart on the edge of the crust, pointing out. Position the index finger on your other hand between the two fingers and gently push the pastry toward the center in an upward direction. Continue around the edge.
Braided Edge Make a braided edge by cutting 12-inch-long, 1/4-inch-thick strips of dough and braiding them together. Brush the edge of the crust or the bottom of the braids with water; secure. Trim braids equal to circumference.
Leaf Trim: For a single-crust pie. Make enough pastry for a double crust. Line a 9-in. pie plate with the bottom pastry and trim pastry even with edge of pie plate. Roll out remaining pastry to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out leaf shapes using cookie cutters. With a sharp knife, score pastry to create leaf veins. Brush bottom of each leaf with water. Place leaves around the edge of crust; press lightly to secure. Cover with foil to protect edges from overbrowning. --Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Cut Scalloped Edge: Use for a single-crust pie. Line a 9-in. pie plate with the bottom pastry and trim pastry even with edge of pie plate. Hold a teaspoon or tablespoon upside down and roll the tip of the spoon around the edge of the pastry, cutting it. Remove and discard the cut pieces to create a scalloped look. --Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Get creative with pie crust! From decorative finishes like ruffled edges and leaf trims to simple embellishments like sugar toppings and egg washes, use these easy tips and tricks to make your pie crusts extra special.