When it comes to beautiful desserts, cakes often get all the credit. With spectacular trends like buttercream flowers and sculpted sugar brushstrokes, there’s a definite “wow” factor with these confections. But you can’t underestimate the power of creative pies. Lauren Ko, a home baker from Seattle, produces spectacular pie crusts that are as much a work of art as they are tasty.
Many of Ko’s pies utilize a lattice pastry approach, but with a twist.
She will arrange the long, thin strips of dough in complex weaving and graceful crisscrossing patterns.
The results often frame the pie fillings. The lattices enclose a bunch of berries for a bullseye-style design, while another pie has a mandala-like shape in the center.
Baking is known for its adherence to directions, but Ko lets herself improvise when it comes to the crust and surface designs.