Weaving a Lattice

A lattice top, which adds visual interest to a pie, partially protects the filling, while the gaps in the weave allow steam to escape as the filling cooks. Here's how to make a simple four-row lattice.

A woven lattice is one the prettiest looking ways to top a pie, and is especially good for juicy fruit and berry pies, where you want to have a crust on top, but you want the steam to be able to escape while it’s baking. Though it may look fancy, it’s easy to quickly make a lattice top when you follow this simple weaving technique.

Step 1

Lay four strips of dough vertically across the top of the pie about an inch apart. Fold the first and third strips in half upward.

Step 2

Lay one horizontal strip just below the pie’s center. Unfold the first and third vertical strips over it. Fold the second and forth vertical strips upward. Lay another horizontal strip below the first.

Step 3

Unfold the second and fourth vertical strips over the bottom horizontal strip, then fold them downward again. Lay a third horizontal strip just above the pie’s center.

How to Weave a Lattice

A lattice top, which adds visual interest to a pie, partially protects the filling, while the gaps in the weave allow steam to escape as the filling cooks. It’s a simple process, but our visual guide makes it even easier, so you can focus on the turkey. See How to Weave a Lattice »