For a shiny top, brush the crust before baking with lightly beaten egg white. If desired, sprinkle with sugar.
For a golden brown crust, brush before baking with milk, cream or an egg wash mixture of 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water. If desired, sprinkle with sugar.
To make pastry cutouts, roll out scraps of leftover dough. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. With water or egg wash, moisten the back of the cutout and place the design, moistened side down, on the top crust.
For cutout designs, use a knife or canapé cutter before setting the top crust over the filling.
For a snowflake design, fold the dough for the top crust into quarters on the work surface. With a knife, cut small slits or holes into the folded edges, tip and center of the dough segments. Unfold to reveal a snowflake shape, similar to the designs children cut from folded paper.
Gluten Free Mixes
Try our cake, cookie, and quick bread and muffin mixes for fantastic gluten free recipes that are sure to become family favorites.