The frenzied days of pre-holiday baking won’t stop me learning a new technique, like making a Cranberry Almond Apple pie with a lattice pie crust!

Bakers…start your ovens!

I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future son-in-law for our family in California.  We expected about 50 people, and while I was going to buy the appetizers (thanks, Costco!), I wanted to make the desserts. All of them. Six different dishes, to be exact, including a pie with a lattice pie crust (something I’d always wanted to learn). Plus, my younger daughter wanted to make a Geode Cake for her sister and future brother-in-law, so I baked 4 cake layers. Needless to say (although I am saying it), advance planning was critical. Many thanks go to my patient and wonderful mother-in-law for her ingredient- and equipment-gathering prowess, as well as her tolerating the invasion of her kitchen.

 

Assortment of Thanksgiving desserts...Maple Fudge, Pumpkin Pie bars, Pecan Pie bars, Oatmeal chocolate Chip cookies, Pumpkin Spice Challah, Kahlua Cake, and Molasses cookies
Just a taste of my week-long baking frenzy (see what I did there?)…Maple Fudge, Pumpkin Pie bars, Pecan Pie bars, Oatmeal chocolate Chip cookies, Pumpkin Spice Challah, Kahlua Cake, and Molasses cookies

 

Geode Cake for an engagement celebration
My younger daughter’s incredible Geode Cake

 

Luckily, everyone cooperated (both girls helped quite a bit), everything turned out well, and I (mostly) kept my sanity. A good time was had by all…

Let’s try something new…

While several of the items I baked were tried and true annual favorites, I chose some new recipes as well. One of these was a Cranberry Almond Apple Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The filling was straightforward enough (sliced apples and fresh cranberries), and the addition of almond paste at the bottom of the crust (before adding in the filling) made this pie stand out. Also, it had a lattice pie crust, a technique that had always awed and intimidated me.  It just looks so hard!  But I wanted these pies to look as special as they were going to taste (it’s for a party, after all), so…challenge accepted!

Sally’s recipe gave pretty good instructions on how to weave a lattice pie crust, but another of her posts gave more complete instructions, plus design ideas and even YouTube tutorial from Saveur magazine . The ball, as they say, was in my court (the ball of dough, that is). Seeing is believing. (By the way, here’s where you can find my recipe for 3-2-1 pie crust, along with a fascinating discussion about pie math!)

process to make a lattice pie crust
Ok…so we didn’t exactly follow the instructions in the video (sorry…)

 

You can cut shapes with the leftover crust dough to decorate the top of the lattice (and hide any breakage). Just lay the shapes on the egg wash-glazed lattice and glaze the shapes as well (they deserve golden lovin’, too!).

 

lattice pie crust example of uneven strips
A few well placed cutouts…

 

baked lattice pie crust example of uneven strips
Mmm…golden pie goodness

 

I’m really excited at the prospect of creating various lattice designs, so I think Apple pie, Chicken Pot pie, or even Moroccan Beef pie will be on the menu in the near future. I really don’t think my family (or co-workers) will much mind. Let the baking frenzy (re)begin!

Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!

Tammy

Making a Lattice Pie Crust

Making a pie beautiful is easier than you think, espcially with clear instruction on how to make a lattice pie crust.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: DIY Ingredients
Cuisine: General
Keyword: Pie Crust, Pies, Sally's Baking Addiction, Thanksgiving
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Ingredients

Procedure

  • Roll out the dough for your top crust to about a 12" circle (less than 1/4" thick).
  • Using a straight or fluted pastry cutter (or other cutting tool), cut out strips of desired widths from your rolled out pie crust. You'll need about 10-12 for a standard 9" pie.
  • Starting in the middle, transfer every other strip of dough and lay them parallel to each other on top of your filling, at whatever spacing you want.
  • Turn back every other strip of dough a little more than halfway, then take the longest strip left of the ones you cut out and lay it perpendicularly across the top of the pie on the strips not turned back.
  • Straighten out the turned-back strips and turn back strips you didn't touch the first time. Lay the next smallest piece of rolled out strip next to the first perpendicular piece.
  • Repeat alternating turning-back the parallel strips to finish the current side, then turn the pie around and repeat the process for the other side.
  • Once the strips are woven, crimp the edge of the lower crust onto the ends of the strips to seal them.
  • Brush the top of the lattice with an egg wash to get that golden color pies deserve.

Notes

Try my easy-to-make all butter pie crust.
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2 Comments

  1. sandyspector December 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful!!!!! Mazal Tov!

    xo Sandy

    Sandy Spector 339.237.0943 | [email protected] http://www.beautycounter.com/sandyspector

    On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:43 AM, Scotch & Scones wrote:

    > Tammy posted: “I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies > and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, > two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future > son-in-law for our family in California. We e” >

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