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How to Make a Lattice Top for a Pie Crust

A how-to guide on making a lattice top for your homemade pies. Step-by-step instructions with photographs.

Lattice Pie Crust
Elise Bauer

A woven lattice pie crust can make a homemade pie look so pretty. As intimidating as it might look to the non-weavers among us, weaving a lattice pie crust top is actually quite easy to do. Watch out though, you might experience flashbacks of kindergarten and construction paper.

How to Make a Lattice Top for a Pie Crust
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of pie dough, enough for a two crusts

Method

  1. Before starting the lattice top, roll out half of your pie dough and line your pie dish with it. The dough should extend beyond the rim of the pie dish by about half an inch. Put it in the refrigerator to chill while you work on the lattice. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the other half of your pie dough to the same extent as the first half (about 3 inches beyond the diameter of your pie dish). It's easier to work with the dough if it is chilled, so if it the dough has softened too much, put the rolled-out piece on a flat cookie sheet and chill it in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.

  2. Cut the dough into even strips, 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch wide, depending on how thick you want your lattice strips. You can use a blunt knife with or without a ruler or straight edge to guide you, or you can use a pizza wheel or a pastry wheel if you have one.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
  3. Fill your pie shell with the pie filling. Lay out 4 to 7 parallel strips of the pie dough, depending on how thick your strips are, on top of the filling, with about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch space between them. Fold back every other strip.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
  4. Place one long strip of dough perpendicular to the parallel strips as shown. Unfold the folded strips over the perpendicular strip.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
  5. Now take the parallel strips that are running underneath the perpendicular strip and fold them back over the perpendicular strip, as shown. Lay down a second perpendicular strip of dough next to the first strip, with some space between the strips. Unfold the folded parallel strips over the second strip.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
  6. Continue this process until the weave is complete over the top of the pie.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
  7. Trim the edges of the strips flush with the dough of the underlying pie dish, which should be about half an inch over the sides. Fold back the rim of the shell over the edge of the lattice strips, and crimp to secure.

    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer
    How to do a Lattice Pie Crust
    Elise Bauer

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