Harvest Pies {Video}: Our Fall Leaf Pie Designs & Pie Dough Recipe

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

Pie season is a year round event, but there’s something very special about fall and winter pies. The warm and comfort of making pies for all our holiday tables and gatherings inspires us to be creative. We’ve been wanting to share how we make these harvest pie designs with you all so you can see why we spend a little more time when crafting each Thanksgiving and holiday pie.

Tutorial on How to make gorgeous harvest pies with leaf pie crust designs | @whiteonrice

Like we’ve mentioned before Autumn is one of our favorite times of year and our search for all the leaves changing color is a yearly event. We’re taking our love of Autumn leaves to our obsession with pies. It’s a great thing, this combo love of leaves and pie. Let’s dive in.

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

Making leaf pie designs is so easy and all it takes is a great pie dough recipe, a batch of your favorite filling and some creativity. The creativity part is carving out leaves in all shapes and sizes and laying them out that look beautiful to you. That’s really it.

Only thing to keep in mind is that as you pile on the pie dough leaves in layers, the more baking time you’ll need to make sure the leaf crusts cook through.

We made a video for you to watch our process and lots of pictures are below:

The more leaves you add, the more pie crust you’ll get. So you can decide how many leaves you want to eat!

Our first pie was a large leaf pie design. If it’s your first time, start with larger leaves. It’s easier. Start by laying the base pie bottom dough, then crimp the sides.

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

Using a small paring knife, start by carving out the shape of leaves. Maximize your pie dough by cutting out the leaves as close to each other as possible.

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

Gently peel away the excess dough. You can save the dough and roll out again to make more leaves.

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

score the center of the dough leaves to create the leaf center stems

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

score the edges of the dough to create the leaf textures on the edges

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

lay the leaves across the pie

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

almost ready to bake
Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

brush the dough with egg wash

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

finished large leaf pie design

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

For our second pie, we made a double crust design apple pie. Lay the base dough layer then pinch off the excess edges.

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

use the back of a fork to press into the dough and make a textured design

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

pierce air holes in the dough to help during baking

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

have fun and be creative with different designs

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

lay dough on pie, press on the edges of the pie and remove excess dough

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

make smaller leaves and lay them around the edges of the pie

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

ready to share

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

For the next pie we made different leaf shapes, maple leaves, & laid them around the edges

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

this pie was voted a favorite by friends and family

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

for the last pie, we made a whole wheat pumpkin pie

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

not your regular pumpkin pie

Tutorial on How to make leaf pie crust designs. Leaf Pie Dough | @whiteonrice

There you have it friends, some inspiration to making your next pie extra, super-duper special.

Have fun and let us know how your pies turn out!

hugs,

diane and todd

Many of you on our social media community asked about using leaf cookie cutters instead of cutting them free-hand. Sure, leaf shaped cookie cutters can work great too. Here’s some online products we found and if you purchase them through these amazon affiliate links, we’ll receive a few cents of commission. Thanks!

Fox Run pie decorating kit has some cute cutters beyond the leaves including acorns, holiday trees and other cut-outs to take you outside the holiday design.

Love the little apple cut-outs. How about a special pie decorated with apple crusts for Teacher Day? Teachers would love it.

 

NY Cake Leaves set has 4 gorgeous leave designs. That should be plenty of options to create a plethora of creative pies.

These leaf cut-outs look very Fall and Autumn inspired as well, so they’ll be perfect for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. The pink leaf cut-out looks universal enough to even look great outside of the holidays.

 

 

R & M International has the leaves, especially a beautiful oak leaf, that you’re looking for. But they also have a cut pumpkin cut-out, which is perfect for Halloween.

Included in the collection are Turkey cut-outs, which could be a nice mix with your leaves for your Thanksgiving pies.

 

 

Nordic Ware has these easy-to-make reversible pie crusts. They look perfect for those who like to have more crust on their pie. Simple and elegant.

The apple and leaf designs are perfect for Autumn and Fall inspired pies.

 

 

Wilton’s simple yet useful cut-out have the basic but beautiful leaf set. The maple leaf is gorgeous and when spread across a pie can be stunning.

When using these, make sure to still use our technique of scoring the middle and edges of the leaf crusts to give texture and more shape. Love these ones!

Basic Pie Dough Recipe

Yield: Two 9-inch Pie Doughs

Total Time: 1 hour

This is our go-to basic pie dough recipe. We'll use it in all different types of pies.
This dough amount makes enough for two 9-inch pie doughs. Either for two bases or for one base and one top, either cut decorative pieces or for a double-crust top. If you want to add decorative cut pieces on top of a double-crust pie, you'll need to make extra dough. We'll usually make a double recipe worth of dough for those type of pie designs and save the extra dough for future use. Excess dough can also be kneaded together and rolled out for decorative cuts too. The dough will need to rest for about 15 minutes after kneading to relax and it will not be as tender, but if it just for decorative pieces, that usually isn't noticeable.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter (225g or 1 cup), cut into 1/2-inch (12mm) pieces
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) cold water (you may not end up using the full amount)
  • egg wash (1 egg beat with @ 2 tablespoons water), for brushing crust

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, pinch together the flour, butter, sugar, and salt with your fingertips until most of the big chunks of butter are flattened or broken up and there is no remaining dry flour sections.
  2. Incorporate the enough of the cold water into the flour until the mixture binds together and forms a rough ball. Knead the ball just until the dough begins to become smooth. Don't overwork the dough or else it will become tough. 
  3. Divide the dough ball in half and then roll each half into a ball, and then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes (can be chilled overnight or frozen for future use).
  4. Use as directed in your pie recipes. Brush with egg wash before baking.

Dough Useage Note:

When rolling out the pie dough for recipes, the dough is most manageable when it is still cold to the touch. Usually we'll bring the dough disc out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before rolling out. At first the disc will seem a bit hard, but after rolling out a little, the dough will soften to just the right amount to make it easy to work with. It should still feel cool to cold by the time you finish rolling out and are assembling the pie.

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  1. charles pietrowski

    My son, Joseph and I have just finished an apple pie with lace ribbon crust: it was
    great. But after I had seen your site on pie crust design, I became inspired to try your
    designs. Thank you for your site. Father who is learning to bake.

  2. Richelle

    I can’t believe you cut these by hand. I am truly amazed, but I know my limits, so thanks for posting the links to the cutters. 😉

  3. Adri Barr Crocetti

    What lovely pies, and what a terrific tutorial. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. lsproull232014

      Gorgeous! I’m sure you’re glad I’m not your neighbor because I honestly think I’d be over all the time, picking your brain for ideas of how to cook~! These crusts looks marvelous. I’m always looking for new crust recipes, experimenting with crusts is a hobby of mine. I guess just a big crust eater here. I like how you used all butter. Sometimes I use Crisco, sometimes not. Just depends on mood! And how flaky I feel. Well…I feel pretty flaky most of the time so it’s a tough one!

  4. Lydia Borucki Waltower

    Breathtaking gorgeous

  5. Dani Fiori

    These are so gorgeous! Wow! Xo

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    These are the most gorgeous pies I have ever seen! You two are such artists!!! Beautiful!

  7. Deborah Dal Fovo

    This is a lovely post and your pies are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

  8. lisa

    Best looking pies, can’t wait to try!

  9. Debbie

    Your pies look amazing. I have a big sweet tooth and pie is a major weakness, for me. I can pass up cake, cookies, and ice cream, but not pie. I wish I had any one of your pies, here, at my house. Yum! You both are creative. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, and the recipe.

  10. Kim Pawell

    Truly gorgeous!

  11. Tori

    These pies look incredible! All of your lovely designs are perfect, Love them. Clearly I need to make pies this week!

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