By Vanessa Greaves

How to weave a lattice-top pie crust

We love the rustic appeal of a woven lattice-top pie. And not only does it add eye-appeal to your pie, it also serves a real purpose. The open weave of the lattice allows steam to escape as the filling bakes. If you love the look like we do, but weaving a lattice seems a little complicated, we're here with this step-by-step guide to help you weave a lattice-tip pie crust like a pro.

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How to Make a Lattice-Topped Pie

This numbered step-by-step follows along with the handy graphic below. And below that, don't miss ten of our top-rated pie recipes! Okay, let's get to it:

First, make your pie crust or use a store-bought refrigerated pie dough. But before you begin rolling out the dough and making your lattice, chill the dough for at least half an hour. For best results, roll out the bottom crust and line your pie plate. Then roll out the top crust into a flat circle. Chill both halves of the pie dough before filling and baking to prevent shrinkage.

On a lightly floured surface, roll reserved dough out to a ¼-inch thickness. Roll it in a circle, as though preparing a double-crusted pie. Transfer the dough to a small cutting board, baking sheet, or other rimless pan that will fit in your refrigerator.

1. Cut the dough into strips approximately ¾-inch wide. You can use a sharp knife, pizza cutter, or scallop-edged pastry wheel. If you're worried about cutting straight, use a ruler as a guide. Cover the pastry strips with plastic wrap and place the pan of dough in the refrigerator to relax while you prepare the pie filling and transfer it to the pastry-lined pie plate.

2. When you're ready to weave, moisten the rim of the pie with a small amount of water. Start with the longest strips and lay the first two strips in an X in the center of the pie. You can arrange them at 90 degree angles or at a sharper 45-degree angle.

3-9. Alternate horizontal and vertical strips, weaving them in an over-and-under pattern. Use the shortest strips for the edges of the lattice.

If you're having trouble removing the dough from the cutting board or pan, roll the strips up like a rug and unroll them onto the pie. Press the ends of the strips firmly to the lip of the pie and trim away any excess dough with kitchen shears or a paring knife.

The amount of filling left to peek through the lattice is entirely a matter of style: thin strips of dough make a more elegant lattice, while a few wide strips give the pie a more rustic look. You can even twist the strips of dough as you form the lattice, so they look like festive paper streamers.

10-12. Once the pie has been covered with the lattice, brush the top with egg wash (an egg beaten with a tablespoon of water or milk) or milk for a brown, shiny crust. Dust the top with cinnamon-sugar, if desired.

How to Make a Lattice-Top Pie the Easy Way

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"Good black berries are key," says JESSY HANLEY. "I loved this pie. I made a lattice top, which was absolutely beautiful. I found it needed to be cooked for the full 25 minutes with the lattice top."

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"This pie crust rolled out velvety smooth and was an absolute pleasure to work with," says KATYPI. "The crust is slightly sweet with a hint of lemon. This has to be one of the flakiest, most tender pie crusts I've ever made, and it will be my go-to crusts for fruit pies."

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