As a big fan of fruit pies, I get impatient with too much pie crust on top. I finally realized (duh!) that if I were making the pies I could do what I wanted with the top crust!
Cookie cutters make pie crust art easy. You can be as creative as you like!
For my father-in-law’s 80th birthday I made three Blueberry Pies and wrote on them in pie crust: “John” on the first pie; “is” on the second; and “80” on the third.
I’ve also made logos, beautiful spiral patterns, cut out lobsters, hearts, and more. It’s fun and easy.
Just take the leftover scraps from making your bottom pie crust (or the extra dough you’ve made) roll them out, cut with cookie cutters or a knife, and arrange in pretty patterns on top of the fruit mixture.
I find it makes the pies both attractive and fun to look at, and it really highlights the fruit. You too can be a Pie Crust Artist!