Braided Lattice Apple Pie

I’ve never made a dessert before that literally reminded me of a fairy tale or fantasy book…. until now, with this pie.

I’ll explain that, a little further down in this post.

Meanwhile, I don’t know if you browse Instagram or not, but I do and I’ve definitely noticed a sudden explosion of assorted pies that feature intricate and fancy dough-work.

That’s where I found the inspiration for this lovely braided lattice apple pie.

lattice pie

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting more and more with pie dough to see just how fancy I can get.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was totally immersed in cake making and you can see examples of my efforts HERE and HERE and HERE.

These days, I’m in serious pie making mode.

That’s how I roll.

braided apple pie slices

Speaking of rolling…. to make the braided strips, simply roll out the dough to the desired width.

Use a ruler and pastry wheel to cut even thin strips. The thinner the better.

I keep a dedicated plastic ruler in my kitchen to use solely for baking projects like this.

braided apple pie strips

Then, line up three dough strips and a time and gently braid them together.

This may take a few attempts to get the braids just right but just keep at it.

The hands in these pictures belong to my daughter who insisted on making the braids for me.

She did a great job.

braided apple pie dough4

Roll out remaining dough to fill the pie dish.

I was eager to get this pie in the oven and I really didn’t feel like making my own filling so, I simply used canned filling this time around.

Nothing wrong with that, right?

braided apple pie dough5

Create various lengths of braiding to cover the size of the pie dish you’re using.

Once you have all the braids, lay them over the pie and then start to weave one braid over the other.

Work slowly and gently because the braided dough is very fragile.

braided applie pie

I love the little rope-like knotted ends my daughter created at the end of each braid.

She’s so creative.  Hmm, wonder where she gets that.

Brush the finished lattice work with a beaten egg and bake.

braided apple pie

Now, how great does this look?

This is one beautiful way to dress up an ordinary apple pie.

Imagine how pretty this would look on your dessert table, special event or lunch or your holiday weekend picnic or barbecue.

You’ll impress any pie lover with a presentation like this.

braided pie unicorn book

Now, let me explain that fairy book/fantasy book reference from earlier.

I realized after I snapped these pie photos that the styling brought to mind one of my favorite coffee table books.

Have you ever heard of the book, Unicorns I Have Known, by Robert Vavra?

The author/photographer weaves a fantastical (but kinda believable) tale of unicorns in which he combines lore and mythology with his love and respect for these magical animals.

braided pie unicorn books

At the heart of the book lies beautiful photographs of unicorns allegedly in their “natural state” captured by the quiet and stealthy author who claims to know how and where to find these remarkable creatures.

Throughout the book, the author never reveals the “true” nature of the photographs (or that he is a well-known horse enthusiast which may explain a few things), but he doesn’t need too.

This book is still a fun, delightful and enchanting read for unicorn believers and non-believers alike.

apple pie braided dough

apple pie braided

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 


  • Puja Darshan

    This looks gorgeous, so delicious and very creative!

  • Barbara F.

    The pie crust is gorgeous! My hubby loves apple pie so will need to surprise him one day. Kudos to your daughter – great job on the braids!!

  • Puja Darshan

    WOW….Yummy treat for any time of the day…

  • Jeanne

    Lisa, your magical pie made me smile. I can feel the fairy dust. Your daughter certainly used fairy dust to make those exquisite braids….:)

  • [email protected] Designs

    The braided lattice pie not only looks delicious, but enchanting, like the photos of the Unicorns….Have to look up that book!…Beautiful, beautiful Lisa!!!….Glad you your blog up and running again!!!…Have a great day!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Shirley. It’s great to get everything straight and running smoothly again. What a crazy blog week that was.
      I really appreciate your help too.
      Oh, yes… please do check out that book. I’ve had it for many years and still flip through it. I think you’ll like it.
      Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Botanic Bleu

    Love the braided pie crust and the flowers surrounding the pie… You are so fortunate to have both a son and a daughter who enjoyed working on the same things you do.

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day.


    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Hi Judith, thanks. If you make the braided pie, let me know how it turns out for you.
      Also, I must admit that while my kids do enjoy many of the same things I do… sometimes they have no choice but to help me-lol.
      Enjoy your Memorial Day.

  • cindy

    Yep, it looks like the creativity gene was passed down to your daughter:) Lisa…that pie is absolutely stunning…seriously! The pictures are so beautiful…I’m not sure if I could’ve ate that- or maybe I could’ve:) Have a wonder Memorial Day weekend!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Cindy. OK, I’ll admit, it was a little tough to cut into… at first.
      I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend too.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Beautiful pie — a total work of art!! You did a fantastic job and I can’t believe you got the pie dough to braid without constant tearing. Your daughter is as talented as you! Have a happy Memorial Weekend.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Marisa. Yes the braids are super fragile. I did struggle with them and that’s when my sweet daughter came to my rescue.
      Must be her long, piano playing fingers that made the difference-lol.
      Enjoy the holiday weekend.

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