Six Decorative Pie Edge Techniques

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen How To: Six Decorative Pie Shell Edges to Inspire

Put your forks away! Instead of the usual “pressing of the tines” ritual around the perimeter of your holiday pies, let these six suggestions be your inspiration and get your creativity flowing. The possibilities and pies are endless.

Braid: Brush rim of single-crust pie shell with water. Cut 3 long strips of extra pie dough 1/4” wide. Braid strips together and apply to the moistened rim.

Checkerboard: Using kitchen shears to cut across the rim of a pie shell at 1/2” intervals. Alternately fold every other piece toward the center.

Cutouts: Brush rim of double-crust pie shell with water. Cut out the rolled top sheet of pie dough with tiny pastry cutters (or free hand). Apply the cutouts to the moistened rim in an overlapping pattern, gently pressing to stick.

Point: Position your index finger on the inside of the pie shell rim, pointing out. Using the index finger and thumb of the other hand, press the dough into pronounced points that go outward. Once you have made your points all the way around the outside of the pie, go around again pressing the inside into pronounced points.

Scallop: Place the index finger of one hand on the edge of the pie shell rim pointing in. Using the index finger and thumb of the other hand to move the dough inward forming a scalloped roll around the perimeter.

Spoon Pressing: Press the rounded tip of a spoon along the perimeter of the pie shell rim. Move the spoon down and repeat using a smaller rounded tip.

Paula's note: To give yourself the best rim to work with, cut your pie shell with kitchen shears so it hangs evenly 1” past the outer edge of the pan. Fold the edge of the dough under itself so it is even with the outside of the pan to form a thick raised rim. Once you have formed the decorative edge like those we suggested, chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking and filling. At this point, you can place your pie shells in a heavy zip top freezer bag and freeze for up to two months.

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Since I have type 2 diabetes and have a heart problems I really having ahard time finding recipes I really enjoy. I really want make holiday foods too. Low or no salt to. Or low sugar. I really would love your help. Thank you

By Jennifer Mundy on November 26, 2013


The pie edges are a great idea, Paula, thank you for sharing. Also like your recipes very much. Thanks!!

By Vicky Palacios on November 25, 2013


cool way to make a pie edge I have never thought of it.

By Maurie on November 25, 2013


Thanks for the ideas Paula. We miss seeing you, your friends, and your recipes. This gives me a number of ideas even for Birthday pies too. Thanks again!

By John Andrews on November 25, 2013


Paula you ROCK!! Loved watching your shows. Enjoy your recipes, have many of your cookbooks. Love the illustrations with the easy instructions.. thank you ... hope you are soon back on TV... hugs & dishes!!

By Tammy Snyder on November 25, 2013



By John on November 25, 2013


Paula , your are greatly missed,Are you gona be back on the air with another net work ?

By Patty Foley on November 25, 2013


Thanks Paula! Love your cookbooks! Hope your family has a great & Happy Thanksgiving!

By Rita Cantu on November 25, 2013


I love the idea and thank you for sharing.

By Paula Sanchez on November 25, 2013


soy su fan número 1, me encantan y disfruto todos sus programas por tv, y hago muchas de sus recetas y a quienes las prueban les encantan, mil gracias.

By Rocío Chávez Barraza on November 02, 2013


cool way to do a pie

By levi on July 27, 2013


Paula, I love how you use such good illustrations to show how to's. Your oie crust edges is super!! You make it sound like anyone can do anything, We, my husband & I love watching your shows, and I'm so thankful for all the helps that you have in the newsletters. I'd love to meet you one day! Also thanks for words of encouragement with diabetis, can't afford the expensive meds, but am plugging away at it anyway. YOU ARE GREAT

By Larene on March 21, 2013


Thank you very much for sharing your recipes. Where I am from it is hardly for a person to share what he/she knows to others for free but thanks Gods for people like you. God bless you.

By Jenny Ernest on June 15, 2012


Paula: You are the sexiest cook on TV because you love life and you love food but the kicker is you love sharing it. It always always comes across and that translates. I love that you beat out Giada!!! Anyway, my real question is once you freeze the crust when you are ready to use it do you let it get to room temp before you fill and bake???

By Lhwheeler on October 11, 2011


I used your perfect pie crust recipe and the crust turned out crispy and delicious, but they all shrank!! What do i need to do to prevent that???

By Sereta on December 27, 2010

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