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Make Homemade Pie with Decorative Crusts

Our five techniques change your homemade pie crusts from basic to beautiful. Pick your favorite for the most beautiful decorated pie -- each is very easy and the results are spectacular.

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-I'm Sue with Better Homes and Gardens. A homemade pie is pretty gorgeous and not a little bit soft. But with our secrets to success for crimping, you can put the final flourish on all your homemade pies with ease. Here are 5 techniques we use all the time in the test kitchen. Start by trimming off any excess dough from the edge so there's about 1/2 inch overhanging the sides. Go ahead and patch in any spots where you need a little more dough. Then fold the dough under to create a smooth edge. Now, to create a classic crimped edge, place your left finger or thumb inside the edge of the pastry. Using the thumb and index finger of your right hand, press the pastry from the outside into your first finger to form a crimp, continue around the edge. Once you get going, it'll go really quickly. To make a rope edge, using the thumb and fore-finger of one hand, pinched the pastry in an angle, continue around the edge. Here's a super simple option. Use the tines of the fork to make a criss-cross pattern on the pastry edge or use a spoon. Turn a small spoon upside down then press the curve in into the pastry to make rainbow shapes. Finally, create this easy weave by snipping the pastry at inch wide in a rolls then folding every other tab in toward the center. So, create your own beautiful crust. Better Homes and Gardens gives you 5 simple ways to do it.