How to Make Pie Crust Garnishes

Southern Living Test Kitchens Professional Marian Cairns explains how to easily dress-up a store bought pie with refrigerated pie crust.


Hi. I'm Marion with the Southern Living Test Kitchen. Refrigerated pie crusts is one of the easiest ways to dress up a store-bought pie. I'm gonna show you how to make decorative shapes using a leaf cutter. Unroll the pie crust on a lightly floured surface. We're gonna punch shapes using this small cookie cutter. This is about two and a half to three inches, so we'll get about 12 leaves per one pie crust. Or you'll get 24 if you use the whole box. Separate the dough from the leaves. Be sure to save your scraps. You can re-roll them and use them one more time. Before we bake these off, I'm gonna use a small paring knife and cut a few veins in each of the leaves. This will give it more of a realistic effect. Don't worry. It doesn't have to be perfect. Once you finish putting the details on the leaves, transfer them to a lightly greased baking sheet. One more tip to jazz this up. Is to add an egg wash and a little sprinkle of sugar. This will make a nice finishing touch on your garnish. Bake this at 400 for about ten minutes or until they're golden brown. Wow! The color of these is gorgeous. And I really think the leaf shape is gonna compliment the pumpkin pie.
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