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23 Ways To Make Your Pies More Beautiful

We doing big crimpin' up in Thanks-giv-ing.

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Food stylist Victoria Granof uncovered this amazing spread in a 1959 issue of "The American Home" magazine.

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If there was an upside to America's golden age of female domestic oppression, it was probably that ladies were encouraged to stay home and spend their time developing elaborate pie crust-crimping methods.

It's pretty brilliant.

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Sit tight, we'll break down a few of them for you...

1. "Leave 3/4-inch overhang, clip into points with scissors and roll angled pieces into cornucopias."

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Everyone loves a tiny cornucopia.

2. "Fold edge under, use key for indentations."

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3. "Trim pastry even with edge, use remaining pastry for braiding strips. Moisten pastry edge; press on braid."

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4. "Fold under edge; use vegetable parer for design."

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5. "Fork tines make this design."

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That seems true!

6. "Looped edge is molded over pencil or round object with strips of pastry, but always moistened for sealing.

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7. "Leaf edge is merely pieces of pastry cut in leaf shapes, moistened, then sealed on rim of pie."

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8. "For inside ruffle effect, fold over pastry edge, press left index finger under fold, press right index finger firmly next to lifted portion."

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9. "An interesting design can be made with the handle of the pastry brush. Crust is tucked under as on number 2."

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And here are more clever ideas from modern-day crust artistes.

Because even in the new millenium, the ancient art of crimpage and cutouts is not lost.

10. Layer cut-out shapes like fish scales.

11. Cut out little circles to make a honeycomb pattern.

However, be warned: People with trypophobia will NOT care for this approach. Get the recipe for this cherry pie at Bon Appetit.

12. And recycle those circles to make an adorable polka-dot crust on another pie.

Get more ideas for cute crusts at Food Network.

13. A tidy braid always looks nice.

14. For double extra credit, make a lattice out of braids.

15. You can use your favorite cookie cutter.

Get the recipe for this cranberry pear pie at Savoring Spoon.

16. Or stick with a nice autumnal maple leaf.

17. You can even make a big ol' leaf PILE.

18. Do some crazy leaf and vine-arranging.

19. Or get ziggy with it.

20. How about a few decorative pastry turkeys for Thanksgiving?

21. Pro level: Dress pie to impress in herringbone pattern.

22. Make a pretty ruffle layer with strips of dough.

Instructions at Go Bold with Butter.

23. Remember: You can try more than one trick at once.

This beautiful apple pie on V & Co. has leaf cutouts on top of a lattice.

Heck, you can try ALL the tricks at once.

GO NUTS. Get the recipe for this basic pie dough at Martha Stewart.

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