Mother's Day Pie Ideas
Posted on May 10 2018
5 simple Mother’s Day Pie Ideas (and 1 not so simple one)
Want to show mom you care with some home baked goodness? Here’s a little “ins-pie-ration” for you!
All five techniques can be accomplished with supplies you probably have kicking around your kitchen already, and they will take no time at all to pull off... But these unique little pastry offerings are sure to put a huge smile on your mum's face this Sunday!
What I particularly love about all of these designs is that you can use any type of dough - even gluten free! - because you will be freezing your top designs before transferring them to the base pies. This means you don't have to worry about the cracking or pulling you often see with certain dough types.
I have a number of tried-and-true products that always get good results for me when baking my pies. Here are a couple I used to make this one:
Simply draw out (or trace off your computer screen) your mom's initial, or any simple shape you dig, and cut it out. Roll out your dough on a piece of parchment or cutting mat that you can put in the freezer. Trace out the letter with a sharp knife, and use the dough you remove to cut out little flowers, swirls, hearts, or any cute little shapes. Place the cutouts inside the letter-shaped hole in your dough, and pop the whole thing into the freezer for half an hour. When it has frozen, transfer it to your base pie, egg wash, and bake as usual.
Raspberry Flower Garden
This pie is even simpler - just cut out a few flower shaped holes, add some stems and leaves, and then freeze and transfer to your base pie when it is solid enough to lift. I added some large crystallized sugar to the filling just before baking to give it a bit of sparkle. You can add your own touches too - like some green matcha dough for the stems, or some edible gold paint.
Peach Flower Power
Another simple cutout, with an added twist in the filling. Cut out a large flower shape in the center of your dough, and use that to punch out some extra decorative smaller flowers. Freeze the top design. On your base pie, fan out some peach slices into a pretty flower shape. Once frozen, transfer your top design to the base pie, add some egg wash, and bake away.
Powder Doily Stencil
You can make your own stencil by cutting out shapes in parchment paper or acetate, or use any crafting stencil at hand. Place the stencil on your dough, dab with egg white, sprinkle your favourite powder (cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, etc.) and tap in. Then carefully lift the stencil off, transfer the top design to your base pie and bake!
This design always reminds me of these huge rattan chairs my grandma used to have... and it's a lot simpler than it looks! The horizontal lines are not woven in with the rest, they just look like they are - it's a neat little cheat, for those a little intimidated by the fancy lattices they've seen on Instagram. I added a little flower detail in the center, but you could use any shape you like - your mum's name, a heart, a unicorn... whatever will make her smile!
I had to sneak in a Pietrait of my own mum at the end... it is Mother's Day after all!
And there you have it! Look for more "5 simple + 1 complex" pie series to come from me in the near future, and if you like what you see, let me know on any of my social media channels!
Jessica (aka. @thePieous)