Braided Pie Lattice

Happy Pioneer Day from Utah! Or as we like to say, Pie and Beer Day! Cherry pie is always my go-to pie to take to get-togethers because it only has 5 ingredients: 2 cans of tart cherries (reserve juice from 1 can), 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon almond flavoring, 1 teaspoon vanilla. You can mix it all in one saucepan in less than 10 minutes! For the crust I have a dirty secret--I use a store-bought Pillsbury crust. I used to always make my own, using the food processor to cut the butter in, chilling it, and then rolling it out but honestly I think they taste almost identical. If I need an oreo crust or graham cracker crust I always make my own but for plain old pie crust using a storebought one saves so much time and you can spend that time making a beautiful lattice pattern! This braided pattern is a little time intensive but not technically hard and it always looks so pretty with the fruit peeking through! See below for instructions: 

Take the second pie crust and roll it out and cut into 1.25 inch strips. Take a knife and cut each strip into 3 equal small strips, leaving it connected at the top. Braid the dough, keeping it as tight as possible. 

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When you get to the end of the strip use your finger to press the ends together, then cut the bottom 1/4 inch off. Then at the top of the strip use your fingers to separate the three strands at the top, braid them tightly, and then press together, cutting off the tip if needed. 

1. Working with your pie, lay the first braid across the pie, leave the ends loose and do not attach them to the pie crust. 

1. Working with your pie, lay the first braid across the pie, leave the ends loose and do not attach them to the pie crust. 

2. Repeat the above steps and lay the other strop on top, dividing the pie into 4 equal quadrants. 

2. Repeat the above steps and lay the other strop on top, dividing the pie into 4 equal quadrants. 

3. Lay the third strip in the same orientation as the first strip, going across the second strip.

3. Lay the third strip in the same orientation as the first strip, going across the second strip.

4. Lay the fourth strip on the other side of the middle strip, equidistant. 

4. Lay the fourth strip on the other side of the middle strip, equidistant. 

5. For the fifth and sixth strips, lay them under the second strip, gently lifting it up and placing the strip under. 

5. For the fifth and sixth strips, lay them under the second strip, gently lifting it up and placing the strip under. 

6. You should now have a pie with 6 strips, 5 going in one direction (vertical in this picture) and 1 going in the opposite direction (horizontal). The horizontal strip should alternate going over and under the vertical strips.  

6. You should now have a pie with 6 strips, 5 going in one direction (vertical in this picture) and 1 going in the opposite direction (horizontal). The horizontal strip should alternate going over and under the vertical strips.  

7. Now place the horizontal strips, lifting up the vertical strips so that the strip weaves over and under them. 

7. Now place the horizontal strips, lifting up the vertical strips so that the strip weaves over and under them. 

8. After the second horizontal strip, your pie should look like this. 

8. After the second horizontal strip, your pie should look like this. 

9. Continue to place 3 additional strips, alternating under and over. 

9. Continue to place 3 additional strips, alternating under and over. 

10. Secure the ends of the braids by pressing them into the pie crust. Use a little water if the crust has dried. 

10. Secure the ends of the braids by pressing them into the pie crust. Use a little water if the crust has dried. 

11. Roll the crust over, towards the middle of the pie...

11. Roll the crust over, towards the middle of the pie...

12. ...and crimp! I like using a fork and just going around the edges but you can do it any way you want. 

12. ...and crimp! I like using a fork and just going around the edges but you can do it any way you want. 

13. Use a brush and whisked egg to paint over the strips and around the edge of the pie. 

13. Use a brush and whisked egg to paint over the strips and around the edge of the pie. 

14. Sprinkle with sanding sugar on top for a little extra sweetness. 

14. Sprinkle with sanding sugar on top for a little extra sweetness. 

15. Lastly, dot with 1 tablespoon of butter cut into small pieces, and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. 

15. Lastly, dot with 1 tablespoon of butter cut into small pieces, and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. 

ENJOY! 

ENJOY! 

Thanks for reading! Xx