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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No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Can you ever get enough backyard barbecues over the summer? We didn’t think so. Grilling outside is such a fun way to cook and entertain during the hot weather months. Easy cleanup, plus no need to heat up the oven.

Casual is the key to outside entertaining, so we’re all about buffet style. Here are a few pointers to create a great flow for your guests as they’re filling their plates.

Always set out your stack of plates to the far left at the front of the table. We used a vibrant, summery color palette of Turquoise, Poppy and new color Daffodil.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Then set out your salads and side dishes, like a garden salad, fruit salad and chips or potato salad. Our Bistro Bowls in various sizes are great for serving a crowd!

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Next comes the bread for burgers and hot dogs and any condiments and veggies you choose to serve. We like to make a special All-American Burger Sauce that is sure to “wow!” Our recipe is shared down below.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

All-American Burger Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup mayo
  2. 4 tablespoons ketchup
  3. 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  4. 3 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  5. 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  6. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients. Chill until ready to serve. Top hamburgers, turkey burgers or any other meat with this delicious sauce.
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Then comes the main attraction — the meat! Place it right in the middle of the table on a special platter like our Square Handled Serving Tray.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Don’t forget utensils and napkins. We wrapped our Fiesta Flatware in a napkin and tied it with a few strands of raffia. That way, guests won’t need to juggle their plates in addition to loose utensils and napkins. Everything’s in a neat little, easy-to-carry package. To keep it super casual, we used colorful bandanas as napkins for this buffet setting.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Last but definitely not least is an icey cold beverage. Our 2+ gallon Beverage Server is the perfect addition to any backyard soiree. It’s great for serving lemonade, fruit infused water or iced tea.  

What are your tips for a no-fuss backyard BBQ? What Fiesta colors do you like to use during summer get-togethers? Share them with us on social media at: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

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