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Video tip: Get creative with your pie crust border

April 04, 2013|By Noelle Carter

When you’ve gone to the trouble of making a homemade pie, you want the work to show. Even if you’ve made a lot of pies, sometimes you want to do things a little different just to keep it fresh and impress your guests. One of the easiest ways to impress is with the outer border.

Use your fingers to create a decorative edge, or use a fork to create a nice pattern. You can even use cookie cutters. Check out the video above for a demonstration.

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Pie dough can be tricky to work with sometimes. Here are a couple of quick tips when forming the crust and border:

  • If your fingers get too warm while working the dough, grab an ice cube or two and hold them until your fingers are cool. You can also soak your hands in ice water to cool them down.
  • If the dough softens and becomes sticky, dust your fingers with a little flour or place the dough in the fridge to chill.

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or email me at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

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