Making a pretty lattice crust for pies is much easier than you may think, and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
After posting my favorite pie crust recipe and apple pie recipe this week, I had to post about how to make a lattice crust because (1) I know you want me to, (2) it’s so pretty, and (3) it’s much easier than many of you might think. If you’ve already decided to make a pie (which, let’s face it, takes some time), then making a lattice crust will take only an additional 3 minutes of your time. Isn’t that worth it?
When making a pie, the dough for the top crust must always be rolled in a circle. However, instead of just placing the circle on top of your pie filling, this is what you’ll need to do to make a lattice crust:
Cut the circle into 10 strips using a sharp knife or a pastry/pizza wheel (for a 9-inch pie pan, you’ll need to roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle, and each strip will be around 3/4-inch/2cm thick).
Lay 5 parallel strips on top of the filling, evenly spaced. Let’s name those strips 1-5.
Fold back every other strip (2,4).
Place a long strip in the center, perpendicular to the others (let’s call it 6).
Unfold strips 2,4.
Fold back strips 1,3,5.
Place a strip parallel to strip 6.
Unfold strips 1,3,5.
Fold back strips 2,4.
Place a strip parallel to strip 6, then unfold strips 2,4.
Repeat the same with the other side.
Using a sharp knife, trim any excess dough around the edges. Then crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork to secure.
Enjoy your masterpiece and take photos to show off your baking brilliance!
Remember to always work with chilled dough. No too cold since cold dough can easily break (leave on the counter for 5-10 minutes to soften), and not warm since it will melt and become sticky and nearly impossible to work with. Throughout all the steps in making the dough, whenever you feel like it has warmed up, pop it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to chill.
For information on how to make a perfect dough (photos included), be sure to check out my pie crust recipe. Then, go make this perfect apple pie!