How To: Braided Pie Crust Edge

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had an awesome weekend and are having a great Monday! Last week we showed you how to do a lattice top on your pie, so this week we’re going to focus on the edge of your pie crust. This is probably the easiest way to take your pie to the next level: a braided edge!

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It looks intricate, but is as easy as pie! 😉 But for real, if you can braid hair, than this is going to be nothing! If you don’t know how to braid hair, then it’s time to learn! (trust me, if I can do it, anyone can). I can braid hair (not very tightly), but the one thing that I can’t do is braid my own hair. I always make Georgia do my pigtail braids. See, I can do it, kind of, but it makes my arms burn to hold them up long enough to braid it all. Then I have to do the other side. And it falls out so fast. I just make Georgia do it. Is it just me or does anyone else struggle? Please tell me I’m not alone! 🙂

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Anyway, we have digressed from the point of this post and the reason why you’re all here! Now, trust me, as long as you watch our video down below, you’ll be able to do this edge (even you lot who say you can’t braid!) When you’re getting ready to apply the braid to your crust, make sure to put down a little egg wash. This will help the braid to adhere to the other crust. Then, before you put your pie into the oven, make sure to egg wash all the crust that you can see! This is so important if you want to get a great golden color on your crust!

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Directions:

  1. Roll out your pie dough to about an 1/8 an in thick and into a rough square/rectangle.
  2. Using a pairing knife or pizza cutter, trim the edges of your dough so you have straight edges on all sides. Then, cut strips of equal width (however small or thick you want, just remember that the thinner your strips the more braids you will be able to make).
  3. Take the strips into groups of 3 and braid each group. When all your braids are made, place them onto the pie’s edge and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake and enjoy your beautiful pie!
  5. Below is a video of this process for those of you who are a more visual learner:

 

If you’re interested in pies check out our other posts on the subject- Butter vs Crisco in Pie Dough and How To: Lattice Top Pie.

Questions, comments or requests? Let us know in the comments below,  via email (twinbakers96@gmail.com), instgram (@unchartedbakers) or Facebook (@unchartedbakers).

We hope you have an awesome week, safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in your cookie jar!🙂

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