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!
I had always done a Lattice Crust for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, but years ago I decided to have more fun with pie crust.
When “Mr. D,” the much-loved band director at my daughter’s high school, celebrated his retirement, I made him this pie:
For the pies for the circus kids I used cookie cutters to make stars of various shapes. (Here’s the story.)