For us, autumn marks the start of pie season. Slow cooked meats, tangy fruits and vibrant spices, all encased in delicious, golden pastry. However, when it comes to sweet pies, there’s definitely scope to get a bit creative with your crusts. To provide you with a little inspiration as to exactly what you can achieve when you put your mind to it, here are 10 stunning autumn pie crust designs to try this season.
1. Floral lattice
A fantastic pastry design for autumnal pies, this pretty creation encases a nostalgic rhubarb and custard filling in sweet shortcrust pastry. After creating a lattice using unevenly sized pastry strips, decorate the crust with an assortment of leaves and flowers. If you don’t have a pastry leaf cutter to hand, an easy way to create the foliage effect is to make a leaf-shaped template, then use a sharp knife to cut out each one.
2. Perfectly plaited lattice
So simple, yet undeniably effective, this perfectly plaited lattice is a fantastic way to give your pies an edge. After delicately plaiting three strands of pastry, repeat the process until you have 10 neat braids. Carefully weave the plaits to create a rustic lattice effect and then bake until golden. Why not use this traditional design on an all-time classic recipe, such as spiced apple pie?
3. Autumn leaf crust
A great pie design for time poor bakers, this no-fuss pie crust is incredibly easy to perfect and a brilliant way to add a little seasonal twist to your bake. Use a mix of different leaf pastry or cookie cutters to quickly form your pastry leaves, then use a sharp knife to add the detail. For an added autumnal feel, finish your crust with a few acorns to enhance the effect!
4. Leaf, lattice and braid
A wonderfully intricate design, this stunning pie crust is sure to turn a few heads! After carefully weaving strips of pastry to form a lattice centre, plait four braids to create the circular edging. Bend each plait into a semi-circle, joining two together to produce a full ring. Place the pastry leaves over the joints to complete the effect.
5. Layered cherries
If you’re stuck for pie crust design inspiration, why not try mirroring your pie filling with your pastry? A beautifully elaborate pie crust, this show-stopping cherry pie is surprisingly easy to assemble once you’ve delicately cut out your pastry cherries. Scatter your shapes so they roughly cover the whole of your pie, ensuring you completely cover the outer crust.
6. Delicate rose bed
If you’ve got a bit more time to spend over crafting your crust, this design is sure to be a customer pleaser! Created by carefully constructing each rose out of four pastry circles rolled into a log, then cut in half, this pie crust is one for the more patient baker. Surround your pastry roses with overlapping leaves and bake until the pastry roses are cooked through.
7. Simple stencil
This pastry effect may look tricky, but it’s actually one of the simplest to master. All you need is a pie top cutter to press on your rolled out pastry, then carefully lay the design over your fruit filling. Leave a fair amount of excess on your pastry base, then fold the edges back over the design and crimp to seal them together.
8. Stamped flowers
Another beautiful, floral design, this pie crust uses the vibrant colour contrast of the rich, fruity filling to enhance its finish. If your customers prefer more pastry on their pie, this crust ensures they won’t miss out on the delicious outer layer! Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes in your pastry lid, then use the off cuts to decorate the outer crust. Why not experiment with different cutters to create your own signature design?
9. Alphabet pie crust
A wonderfully simple, yet incredibly fun pie crust, this ingenious design could also be used to decorate both sweet and savoury pies. Use an alphabet cutter to shape your letters, arrange them in two circles to cover your pie, and voilà! You have one impressive pie crust to tempt your customers.
10. Autumn leaf vines
Finally, it’s safe to say this elaborate pie crust is certainly a showstopper! Intricate vines and leaves entwined to create a rustic, natural looking crust, this pastry design is definitely one to try this season! Complete the effect by using a triple berry filling you can show off in the open centre.
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