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Learn how to make a lattice pie crust in this easy tutorial! A lattice pie crust is a pretty decorative pie crust for any pie. It’s not hard to make a basket weave on a pie – it might look hard but it’s not. This guide will teach you all the steps!
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What is a Lattice Pie Crust?
Lattice top pies are so gorgeous, don’t you think? I always see them online or in bakeries and just think how pretty they are.
Like a cake roll, a lattice pie crust looks really hard and confusing to do. But also like making a cake roll, it’s much easier to make a lattice pie crust than you think. Once you visually see the method, how to weave a lattice clicks into place and becomes really easy to do.
Lattice top pies are perfect for all sorts of fruit pies, like apple or blackberry or any fruit pie you love. Weaving a lattice on top just adds another kind of pie crust to your baking arsenal for when you’re making pie!
How to make a lattice pie crust
- Roll out your pie crust. It should be chilled a little bit, but not so long that the crust is so cold you can’t handle the strips.
- Using your knife or cutter and ruler, cut strips of pie crust that are about 1/2-3/4-inch thick. Once your lattice is cut, you’ll have several strips. Now it’s time to make your pie!
- Place a bottom crust in your pie plate and fill with your desired filling. Take strips of the lattice and lay them on your pie, leaving small gaps between. I like to line up the short strips from the edges with the edge of the pie plate and use the longer strips in the middle.
- To weave your lattice, pull back every other strip and place a new strip of pie dough perpendicular to the strips you already laid. Replace the strips you folded over.
- Then, do the same thing with the alternating strips. Keep going until the entire pie is covered in basket weave.
- Work your way, alternately curling up strips and laying new ones, until your pie is covered.
- Trim the edges and crimp as desired.
Tip From Dorothy
- Once you have the lattice made, it’s good to brush it with egg wash. You don’t have to, but it makes for better browning. To make your egg wash, just whisk up your egg and use a pastry brush to lightly brush it all over the crust. Don’t have a pastry brush? Just use your fingers.
- Always bake fruit pies on a cookie sheet in case it spills over.
- Use a pie shield to protect your crust while it’s baking.
- Make a decorative pie crust that looks like a lattice!
Lattice Pie Crust
- 2 recipe all butter pie crust (or use a refrigerated crust)
- 1 large egg
- Coarse sugar, optional
- Roll one pie crust out to fit your pie plate. Place the crust in the pie, letting the edges overhang. Chill 30 minutes. Roll the second pie crust out to fit the pie plate and chill while you prepare the filling.
- Fill pie as desired using your recipe.
- Remove rolled out crust from the refrigerator. Using a knife, pizza cutter, or pastry wheel, cut strips in the pie crust that are 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick. Use a ruler to help keep them straight, if needed.
- Pick up strips of the pie crust and lay them over the pie with gaps between that are the same width as the strips. Try to use the size strip that matches with the location on the pie (smaller strips close to the sides, longer strips in the middle).
- Fold over alternating strips and place a new strip perpendicular to the ones you already placed on the pie. Unfold the strips, then repeat using the alternating strips. Continue the basket weave until the pie is covered with the lattice.
- Brush the lattice crust with a bit of egg wash (just beat an egg with a fork like you’re making a scrambled egg and use a pastry brush or your fingers to lightly brush it over the crust). This is for browning. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
- Trim edges and crimp as desired. Chill pie for 20-30 minutes, then bake according to recipe directions.
Last Updated on October 24, 2023