Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

All the best summer memories happen around a freshly baked pie, or at least at Fiesta Dinnerware we like to think so. But gone are the days of grandma’s basic pies (sorry grandma). With fancy decorative pies posted all across social media, we often feel pie envy. Do your pies stack up to what you see on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram?

Fear not, friends. We have some simple pie crust tips and tricks that will make your pies the star of every summer party. And, don’t tell, but we didn’t even make our pies from scratch! Just grab a can of fruit pie filling, add some fresh fruit to the filling, and unroll some pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. None of these fancy pies took longer than 20 minutes to make. However, all you baking pros out there can feel free to go the homemade route if you choose.

Roses
Roses are so simple to create, but really make a beautiful statement. And in our Large Heart Bowl, how sweet is this pie? Use a knife to cut strips about ½ inch thick. You’ll only need each strip to be about 4 inches long. Create a rose-like spiral, taking care to curl out the “petals” as you wind the dough around itself. Pinch the bottom, but keep the top portion of the petals loose. You’ll make the most realistic roses that way. We took some extra dough to make rose petals, freehand with a knife. Add the roses and leaves to the top of your pie filling. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Then bake the pie according to your recipe.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Shapes
You could easily just cover your pie with a flat crust and poke some holes in the top. But what fun would that be? We think this is the simplest trick of all. Use some cookie cutters to cut shapes out of your freshly rolled dough. Lay them out in a haphazard pattern across the top. Voila! We used star shapes for our summer celebrations, but you could really use any shape at all. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Painted Dough
For those who have an artistic flair, this technique is sure to impress. And it’s so easy! We made a cherry pie in our Square Baker. We used a knife to freeform some cherries, stems and leaves. A little egg wash “glued” them to the lattice crust. Then, using a paint brush, we “painted” our cherries with some red and green food coloring. We used our food coloring straight out of the bottle, but you could dilute it with a little water for a watercolor effect. Bake your pie in the oven.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Braided Crust
Isn’t this braided crust adorable? If you can braid hair, you can pull this off. Cut thin strips of dough, about ¼” thick. Roll each strip to make a smooth snake-like tube. Take three at a time and pinch them together at the top. Then braid them together and pinch at the bottom. You might need to do this 2-3 times to fit the braids all the way around your Pie Baker. Brush the bottom crust with a little egg wash and lightly press the braids onto the bottom crust. Brush the braids with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Fruit Shapes
We love a crumble topping on a fruit pie. But it’s difficult to determine what flavor is being served until you cut into it. Eliminate any confusion with this easy trick. We made a mini peach pie in our Fiesta Ramekin. But before we put it in the oven, we sliced a peach and created a negative space star, again using cookie cutters (they’re so useful when making pies!).

Simple decorative pie crust ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware

 

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Do you have any tips for making Instagram-worthy pies? We’d love to hear them! Better yet, share your pies with us on social media at Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

And be sure to check out some of our previous posts for Fiesta pie recipes: Mini Confetti Cream Pies, Confetti Cream Pie, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Chicken Pot Pie, and Petite Pies. 

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A Labor Day BBQ

Labor Day BBQ- FB Image and Title ImageIs anyone else in disbelief that summer is officially winding down and Labor Day is upon us? To hold onto summer just a little longer, we came up with some delicious food ideas for the last BBQ of the season.

In this blog post we have a hot dog bar, mini peach pies, a bacon mango salsa fit for any hot dog, classic corn on the cob with a variety of toppings, and a tasty watermelon refresher beverage.With a little prep work, this Labor Day spread is simple to put together and only requires a grill, an oven and your favorite Fiesta Dinnerware. We used Sunflower, Scarlet and Cobalt as our color scheme.
Grilled-Corn

To start with our delicious menu, we lit the grill to get it nice and warm for our corn, hot dogs and zucchini. We suggest grilling the corn with the husk on because it helps to create a steam pocket for the corn and cooks it evenly. We have the half husked corn, but suggest finding the corn with the full husk—trust us, it’s so worth it.

Toppings

Toppings

While the grill warms up and starts to cook our main items, let’s talk about Bacon Mango Peach Salsa. We used Mrs. G’s Hot Pepper Jelly in Mango Ginger Habanero, grilled bacon (yes, we said grilled bacon, try it if you haven’t yet!) fresh mango, and red onion. Simply dice half of one red onion, grilled bacon and fresh mango and mix together in a medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons of Mrs. G’s Mango Ginger Habanero hot pepper jelly (add more if desired). You can use this to dress up your hot dog, grilled corn or for just eating by itself, it’s that good.

Mrs.G's-Jelly Once we were finished with the bacon mango salsa, we placed all the toppings in Fiesta cups near the hot dog bar on our tablescape. Toppings for the hot dogs are featured in our Labor Day Shopping List at the end of this blog post to make things easier.

Hot Dogs

Hot-Dog-Bar

When we started thinking of classic Labor Day recipes, we of course thought of hot dogs. It doesn’t get more American than that. But we wanted to jazz up the standard grilled hot dogs and surprise family and friends with something unexpected. We think this does the trick.

3-Hot-Dogs Recipes, FIesta Dinnerware

Veggie Italian Dog, Bacon Mango Dog and a Southern Dog.

We did three different hot dog options that included a vegetarian option. We grilled zucchini to take the place of the hot dog and included Italian-inspired flavors to top it off: marinara sauce, grated parmesan mixed with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings.

Veggie-Dog

For the second delicious dog, this is where the bacon mango salsa comes into major play. Because we already made the bacon mango salsa, all your guests have to do is top their hot dog or zucchini dog with it and enjoy.

Mrs.G's-Dog

Last but not least is the Southern dog. This hot dog requires red onion, cheddar cheese, chives, and bbq sauce. The combination is sweet, salty and delicious.

Souther-Style-Dog

 

Hand-and-Hot-Dog

Corn

Corn-and-Flowers

Who doesn’t love corn on the cob? It’s such a yummy classic summer staple, it’s not a BBQ without it. Continuing with the idea of the hot dog bar, we created a corn bar as well.

Fiesta Entertaining Tip- Giving your guests options makes the process fun for not only you as the host, but for them as the guest.

We used the omni trays in the colors of our color scheme and snaked them across the table instead of a circle to allow for more items on the table. We made four different toppings for the corn that included a Greek Tapenade of feta and olives, a New England option with butter and Old Bay Seasoning, a creamy Mexican cheese topping and an Italian parmesan bread crumb topping. The omni trays were the perfect size to roll and coat your corn with ease.

Corn-Toppings-in-Entertaining-Set

Pie

No holiday is complete without a sweet treat, so we made individual peach pies in ramekins, taking a fun tip from our friend the Sugary Shrink. To keep pies simple and easy to make, we used two cans of peach pie filling and we opted to have minimal crust by only using it on the top in the shape of a star. The result is a warm, gooey treat.

Pies
Hand-and-Pie

Watermelon Refresher

Flowers-and-Watermelon

We’ve all heard that watermelon is mostly water, but have you ever put it in a blender and served it as a beverage? That’s just what we did. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect for all ages. If you want to take your Labor Day BBQ to the next level, you can serve the watermelon refresher in the watermelon itself as a beverage server. All that is needed is a spout.

Main-Image

We hope that you all have a wonderful Labor Day full of rest and relaxation, but most importantly we hope that you enjoy your friends and family on this holiday as we observe a day of rest for all hardworking Americans.

Hand-and-Plate

To make your Labor Day less stressful, here is a free downloadable shopping list for your very own Labor Day BBQ.

Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day Shopping List

*Flower arrangements courtesy of Wes’ Flowers in Temecula, California. 

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