Create Cut Designs On Pastry Crusts by CatieB
Playing with pastry was one of those. When you want to step it up with your baked goods, it isn’t always hard to do something special to make your work stand out. Making a design in pastry is easier than it sounds, and the results can be beautiful and dramatic. Having fun is the number one rule!
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- top pie crust
- patterns, stencils, cut out forms from cardboard, etc.
- whatever you want to use to create a design
- a chopstick, wooden stick with a pointed top, whatever will make a line for design on pastry crust without cutting.
- a roller pastry cutter, or a small paring knife
- parchment paper best, can use wax paper, but harder to work with and not as sturdy.
Take a piece of parchment paper, (larger than your pie plate by about 6 inches for room), and draw the circle of your pie size (if decorating to the edges, add 1/2” to turn under your bottom crust to crimp and seal).
You have a choice of two ways to cut out your design, whichever is more comfortable for you.
1.You can trace it on the pastry, so you have lines by which to cut out your design.
2. You can keep the parchment paper over your pastry, secured, and simply cut out the pieces of pastry which are exposed by the cut outs on the paper.
With a rolling pastry cutter, or a small paring knife (easier for small cuts) cut out and remove the chosen pastry pieces to create your design.
Take your roller and from one edge of the pastry. gently roll the prepared pastry around the rolling pin. Place over the edge of the pie plate, and unroll as you gently lay the pastry over your pie.
Crimp the edges as desired, and Bake.
You can also take the extra pieces, create a leaf, or flower, or bird, etc., and with a bit of egg white, or milk, attach them in various places to create a 3-D design. Just watch as it bakes, and if the top pieces are browning too quickly, loosely top with foil.
It only takes patience to create some really nice pastries for special events. Good Luck! :)
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