I use cookie cutters for pies more than cookies! Here's a fun idea if you're planning to make a pie for the 4th of July. This happens to be an apple/rhubarb pie but any fruit would be great. I used a small star cutter and then cut stripes of various widths with a pizza cutter so that as I twisted them they'd look like they were waving in the wind. You'll have to make extra crust, I made 1 1/2 batches just to make sure I had enough.
While I'm a big fan of a huge mounded apple pie,
since the crust is detailed I cut the fruit a little smaller to try to keep the surface kind of even and flat.
The stripes are easier to work with and keep their shape better if they're about 1/2"-3/4" wide, some of mine got a little too wide and flattened out a bit.
Here's another version from a few years ago. This one's even easier!
For apple/rhubarb pie, use your favorite apple pie recipe
and just substitute any amount of rhubarb you have.
My boys are grown and on their own and while the day job puts food on the table, it doesn't feed the soul. So this Philly Girl started Pig In Mud. Please join me as I welcome each season and holiday through brief posts focusing on home cooking, baking and crafts. I hope you'll find this a happy place that provides inspiration:@) Lynn