A lattice top looks extra special on a mini pie. For pies made in an electric pie maker, the traditional technique changes slightly and light and flaky puff pastry dough works best. You’ll need 2 prepared puff pastry sheets.
|Cut the lattice strips
Lay 2 sheets of thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut one puff pastry sheet into 4 vertical strips, each about 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide.
|Cut the lattice top
Place the smaller side of the pastry cutter over the top of the lattice pattern and puff pastry sheet and cut out one small round of dough. Cut out the remaining lattice tops and set aside.
Working with dough can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you along:
Puff pastry dough can be sticky. To make it easier to roll, place it between two sheets of wax paper.
• Sprinkling a little flour over the dough will make molding a crust in the electric pie maker easier.
• To get smooth edges on your pie bases and tops, press straight down with the pastry cutter.
• Dough can be precut ahead of time, wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored in the freezer.
• Use frozen dough as soon as it has thawed. If it sits out too long, it will be difficult to work with.
Find more delicious single-serving pie recipes in the Mini Pies cookbook!