Pies, Tarts & Crumbles/ Tips and Techniques

How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust

August 13, 2014

Making a pretty lattice crust for pies is much easier than you may think, and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Caramel Apple Pie

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).

Lattice Top Pie Crust

Lay 5 parallel strips on top of the filling, evenly spaced. Let’s name those strips 1-5.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (2)
Fold back every other strip (2,4).

Lattice Top Pie Crust (3)

Place a long strip in the center, perpendicular to the others (let’s call it 6).

Lattice Top Pie Crust (4)

Unfold strips 2,4.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (5)

Fold back strips 1,3,5.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (6)

Place a strip parallel to strip 6.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (7)

Unfold strips 1,3,5.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (8)

Fold back strips 2,4.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (9)

Place a strip parallel to strip 6, then unfold strips 2,4.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (10)

Repeat the same with the other side.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (12)

Using a sharp knife, trim any excess dough around the edges. Then crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork to secure.

Lattice Top Pie Crust (13)

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!

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  • Reply
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
    August 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I never fail to mess up lattice crusts! Yours is SO pretty, I’m following your directions next time!

    • Reply
      August 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Nicole! It’s definitely easy, you have to try it next time!

  • Reply
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    August 14, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Wow, this looks great! I’ve never made a lattice pie crust before! You’ve made it look super easy! 🙂

    • Reply
      August 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

      So now that you know it’s not that hard, try it! I’m sure it would be easy for you with all the amazing recipes on your blog!

  • Reply
    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe
    August 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Wow! I would have never thought it could be so easy! Now I can’t wait to go make a pie just to try this lattice crust! I’m sure everyone will be impressed 🙂

    xo, Elisa

    • Reply
      August 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I’m sure they will! It’s worth the effort!
      Thanks Elisa 🙂

  • Reply
    December 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    May I ask, where did you purchase that pie mould ? It looks great for making pies.

    • Reply
      December 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Mel, I purchased it in Europe in a random store, but maybe look for a ceramic pie dish to find something similar. There are many great dishes out there for making pies!

      • Reply
        Roger Miller
        November 29, 2019 at 11:36 pm

        It’s available on Amazon, $13.00. It’s actually a “tart” pan with a removable bottom.

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