How to Make a Lattice Top for a Pie Crust

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

Photography Credit: 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

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes

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.

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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.

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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.

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4 Place one long strip of dough perpendicular to the parallel strips as shown. Unfold the folded strips over the perpendicular strip.

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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.

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6 Continue this process until the weave is complete over the top of the pie.

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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.

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Left: 3/4-inch strips. Right: 1/2-inch strips

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Kitty

    does anyone know if changing from a whole shell crust to a lattice work crust will change the baking outcome? I am making a mile high apple pie for Thanksgiving and thinking about changing the top crust, but I don’t want to mess up the inside of the pie.

    Kitty

  • Jen

    Simplest instructions. Thank you. I had no problems doing it on my first try.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Jayne

    Thank you!!
    Turned out perfect and won me a ribbon at the fair!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Joanne

    Just made it. Lots of blackberries on my ranch. Easy crop this year
    Easy lattice instructions
    Dessert tonight.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Frank

    Fantastico

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