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Old 11-20-2007, 06:39 AM   #1
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Pretty pie edge?

How do you shape one? Double crust is a little easier I think, but my last single crust looked like it went thru the wash machine or something!

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:43 AM   #2
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My mum always used cutlery depending on which effect she wanted. Fork tines made into a #, butter knife for semi-circles, patterned teaspoon for an impression. We are the types that use what's around. I remember grabbing her pinking shears when I wanted to do a fancy edge on biscuits (??) when I was a kid and cutting the pastry all prettily! Boy did I get in trouble for that!
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:58 AM   #3
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lemon zesters and the fine peak side of a meat tenderiser look nice too.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:35 AM   #4
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I have a set of mini cookie cutters. I roll out the scraps and cut out shapes that I put around the pie. Need to use an egg wash to make them stick. Looks very pretty when I want a special occasion pie.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:44 AM   #5
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I saw the most beautiful pie crust yesterday on Martha Stewart. Here's a photo:

http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/...003d370a0aRCRD

What the baker did was to cut tiny teardrops out with a cookie cutter, and then roll them, pointy edge first, and then refrigerate for an hour. Then he attached them with an egg/water wash.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:52 AM   #6
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Ohhh that Is pretty! I don;t think I'll have time for all that though, and I'd probably break it on the way there! Maybe when it's here.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #7
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It was so pretty that Martha herself was gushing(!)

Something that I like to do is just use some of the edge that I cut off and just use tiny cutters. I don't put them on the edge, though. I make a plain fluted edge and then use an egg wash to put the cut cuties on the middle of the shell. It detracts from the edge

My favorite is the little 2" high gingerbread boy cutters. I have them all hold hands around the pie.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:43 AM   #8
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If you are into gadgets, you can buy pastry gadgest that you can use. An example:
Stainless Steel Pastry Wheel and Cutter: Kitchen Haven - Kitchen Gadgets, Bakeware, Cookware and more!
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:24 PM   #9
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Lattice pie crusts look so pretty to me. Guess I'm old-fashioned. Another decorative look - use heart or star-shaped cookie cutters on the dough. Remove the hearts/stars, so you can see through to the pie. (Hope that makes sense.) The heart shapes go nicely with cherry pie fillings.

Here are some other ideas. The checkerboard & braided crust edges caught my eye.

http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-ti...rust-edges.asp
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Lattice pie crusts look so pretty to me. Guess I'm old-fashioned. Another decorative look - use heart or star-shaped cookie cutters on the dough. Remove the hearts/stars, so you can see through to the pie. (Hope that makes sense.) The heart shapes go nicely with cherry pie fillings.

Here are some other ideas. The checkerboard & braided crust edges caught my eye.

Decorative Pie Crust Edges: Easy How-To Cooking Tips & Advice: RecipeTips.com
Great ideas.
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