Basic Pie Crimping Tips

Two major holiday is coming up and you know what that means. Pie time! It's the best season to bring out your creative pie decorations. Crimping the edges of a pie crust makes it look pretty. It also helps to hold up the edge of single crust pies, so they don't slump during baking, and can hold lots of delicious fillings. The key to a good decorative crust is trimming your dough to a 1/2-inch overhang and rolling the overhang underneath itself to give yourself a thicker edge to work with. It’s always better to prepare too much pie dough rather than too little. Be sure to refrigerate your dough after you have crimped the edges for 30 minutes to an hour before baking. Doing this will help the dough keep its shape. Brush an egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water) overtop your crust and/or pie top to create a lovely golden-brown and slightly glossy crust.

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