How to Decorate Pastry
Decorating homemade pastry is a pleasant and creative task. But decorated pies don’t only look good — they make us even more hungry. So, it’s definitely worth your while to learn how to decorate pastry, and it’s not as hard as it might seem.
5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you how to turn an ordinary pie into a piece of art.
Attention: In order to make your pastry shinier, don’t forget to rub it with a mix of water and egg or milk and egg before baking.
Idea № 1: mineral water bottle cap
1. Get a hold of a metal mineral water bottle cap.
2. Use a pair of pliers to bend one of the edges of the cap inward and the opposite edge, outward. As a result, the cap should look like a heart.
3 and 4. Carefully put the cap on the dough, cutting hearts out of it.
5. Cover the future pie with this sheet of dough.
6. Bake your pie in the oven at the necessary temperature according to the recipe. Bon appétit!
Idea № 2: lego cube
1. Put a lego cube on the dough, cutting out squares.
2. Cut the squares on the entire surface of the dough to make a grid.
3. Put the grid on an open pie.
4. Put the squares around the edge of the pie.
5. Bake the pie in the oven at the necessary temperature according to the recipe. Bon appétit!
Idea № 3: dough strips
1. Make 1.5-cm strips of dough.
2 and 3. Place the snake-shaped strips on the open pie.
4. Bake the pie. After baking, you can put some powdered sugar on the pie. Bon appétit!
Idea № 4: puzzle piece
1. Take 1 puzzle piece.
2. Put it on the pie and push it in.
3. Cut some puzzles out of the dough using a small, sharp knife.
4. Put the decorated dough on the pie.
5. Bake the pie in the oven.
Idea № 5: clothespin
1. Take a clothespin.
2. Put the clothespin in the dough. After each push, turn the clothespin so that the directions of the marks are different.
3. Carefully put the dough on the pie.
4. Bon appétit!
Idea № 6: more dough strips
1. Cut the dough into strips using a rotary cutter. The strips should be about 1 cm wide.
2 and 3. Put a metal cylinder or an ordinary glass in the middle of the pie. Place the strips of dough around the glass.
4. When all the free space is covered in dough strips, carefully remove the cylinder.
5. Fill the free space with berries.
6. Bake the pie.
Idea № 7: dough braids
1. Cut dough strips using a rotary cutter — they should be about 1.5 cm wide.
2. Connect 3 strips of dough.
3. Make a braid.
4. Fix the braid on the pie.
5. Make 2 more braids and fix them on the pie. Along the edge, place the flowers made of dough.
6. Bake the pie in the oven at the necessary temperature according to the recipe. Bon appétit!
Idea № 8: dough roses
1 and 2. Using a glass, cut circles in the dough.
3. Put the circles on each other, as the photo shows. Push the junctions with your fingers.
4. Make a roll.
5. Cut the roll in half.
6. Put the roll with the cut-side down and bend the upper part to make it look like a rose.
7. Decorate a closed pie with different-sized roses.
8. Add some leaves.
9. Bake the pie in the oven.
Idea № 9: rotary cutter
1 and 2. Using a rotary cutter, make cuts on the dough. They should be about 4 cm long and 2 cm apart. Between the rows of cuts, there should be about 1 cm. The cuts should be checkered.
3 and 4. Pull the dough with your hands and carefully put it on the pie.
5. Cut off the extra dough with scissors.
6. Bon appétit!
Idea № 10: heart-shaped mold
1. Take a big heart-shaped mold. Cut out a heart from the dough.
2. Put the dough on the future pie. Use a heart-shaped mold for the pie.
3. Cut off the excess dough with scissors.
4. Put the dough heart on the pie so that it’s partially on the cut (check the photo).
5. Take a 2-cm dough strip and place it on the edge of the pie.
6. Bake the pie.
7. You can add fresh berries to the pie once it’s done.
Idea № 11: square plate
1. Using a rotary cutter, cut a circle of dough in half. Remove one of the halves.
2. Take a square-shaped plate and put it on the semi-circle you made. Make a cut with your knife but not on the entire length.
3. Make more cuts 1 cm apart from each other using the plate as a ruler.
4. Put the cut dough on a pie with filling and edges.
5. Bend the upper corner down.
6 and 7. Bend down the corners.
8. Bake the pie, and enjoy!
Idea № 12: entangled dough strips
1. Place 9 strips of dough on the pie. They should be about 1 cm wide. You can use a rotary cutter to make them.
2. Leave 1 strip untouched on each side. In the middle of the pie, lift 3 strips up on the left and 2 on the right. There should still be 2 strips in between.
3. Place a strip of dough along the lifted strips, perpendicular to them.
4. Then open the lifted strips and lift the ones that were not lifted before.
5. Put one more dough strip perpendicular to the lifted strips.
6. After that, put down the lifted strips and lift the ones you started with. Put another strip perpendicular to them.
7. Keep going the same way, going up and down. You can cut off the excess dough with scissors.
8. Bake the pie and add powdered sugar if you want.