Are you looking to impress the pants off of your guests for a party you're hosting? Or maybe just want grandma to leave you alone about your lack of skills in the kitchen? Well adding a bit of flare with a lattice pie crust will certainly do the trick.
A lattice crust could go on any pie of your choosing, but if you're looking for a super delicious and super easy berry pie recipe, check out this post. And then you can make it fancy by adding a lattice crust on top.
I tried this back in June, literally because I was just curious and always thought they were so pretty, but I was intimidated to try it. Well, it turns out it's not hard at all. The hardest part, as with anything, is just taking the time to get started.
So next time you're at the store, grab some pre-made pie crusts, and let's get started!
First you'll want to lay out your dough. Use a bit of flower on the surface you're using, so the dough doesn't stick.
I used a pizza cutter to slice my pieces of dough. But you can use a knife or whatever you have on hand. You can make the slices as thick or as thin as you'd like, depending the look you're going for, but I went with about an inch thickness. I ended up doing a 3x4 type pattern.
All you have to do is start by laying pieces of dough across the top of your pie with a bit of space in between.
Then in the opposite direction start by doing an over and under technique with every other piece of dough.
Also you can cut little thin strips and make a braid just like you would with hair. Start it by pinching three pieces together at the top then work your way down. You can use the braid to decorate the edge of the pie or in the place of one or more of the strips for the lattice.
When you finish, you can trim the edges and call it a day, but if you're just really wanting some extra fancy in your life, you can cut out a couple of leaf shapes. They sell leaf shaped cutters to make your life easier like these.
Once done, coat in an egg wash (fancy for beating an egg and painting it on with a brush) so it browns up beautifully. And I've seen people take a little extra sugar to sprinkle on top of the crust and it creates a very pretty effect.
To be honest, you'll have a bit of a hard time convincing people to eat the pie because it will look so lovely!