A beautifully decorated pie crust can turn a good dessert into a memorable one. You can improve the look of your pies by carefully fluting the crust, or by using small cutouts to add some flair to the top of the pastry. It typically takes a bit of practice to turn out a perfect looking pie, but the results are worth the wait. If you don’t want to experiment on a dozen pies to perfect your pie crust style, you can save yourself some time by using a tool like the Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter from Williams Sonoma, which not only makes a fantastic looking pie crust, but makes the process exceptionally easy. The pie-sized cookie cutter allows you to make a whole-pie design in one step.
Once you press the tool down into your crust, it will leave a clear imprint of a leaf pattern. Remove the cutouts and set them aside, then drape the decorative crust over your pie and pinch the edges to seal. You can use the crust scraps – which have an interesting pattern to them, thanks to the cutter – to further decorate the edges of your pie or to add a decorative touch to the crust of a second pie by placing them along the outside each of the pastry. You can also dust them with cinnamon sugar and bake until crisp, then snack on them while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.