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How To Make A Quilted Star Upper Crust Design

An Americana-style star pattern stands at attention grabbing the hearts of those who love to celebrate our nation’s independence. Layout this upper crust design with a recipe of Buttermilk-Cornmeal Pastry Dough & a few unassuming tools. Miniature cookie cutters are a wonderful source of inspiration when looking to get creative in the kitchen. A diamond shaped cutter & a drinking straw are all that’s needed to hand craft this salute to our heritage. Follow my effortless technique & get ready to make a patriotic pie perfect for upcoming barbecue socials.

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makes 1 {10-inch} pie crust

Quilted Star Double Pie Crust 

 Prepare two recipes of this dough for a double crust pie. A few baking temperature & time adjustments to the original recipe yields a stellar result.

1 1/2 cups ap flour
3 Tbsp plain yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup cold shortening
3 to 4 Tbsp whole buttermilk

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Whisk together the flour, the cornmeal & the salt in a large bowl. Cut the butter & the shortening into the mixture using a fork or your fingers until crumbly in texture making certain to leave some of the fat in large bits. Drizzle 3 to 4 Tbsp buttermilk over the mixture & shape the dough into a disc. Repeat the procedure for a total of two dough discs.

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Quilted Star Upper Crust Pastry

Roll one dough disc into a 12-inch circle between plastic wrap. Remove the top piece of plastic. Place a 1-inch round cutter in the center of the dough. Cut 5 drinking straws into 5-inch pieces. Space the straws evenly around the cutter to from a seat shape. Cut 3 diamond shapes between each straw about 1/2-inch apart from the dough using a 7/8-inch size cutter. Remove the straws from dough surface. Cut 3 circles from the dough spacing them 1/2-inch apart using the end of a straw between each row of diamond shapes. Transfer onto the bottom side of a half sheet pan & cover the pastry with plastic wrap. Chill the dough until ready to assemble the pie & use according to recipe instructions.

The Bottom Crust Pastry

Roll the remaining dough disc into a 12-inch circle between plastic wrap. Transfer onto the bottom side of a half sheet pan & cover the pastry with plastic wrap. Chill the dough until ready to assemble the pie & use according to recipe instructions. 

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Salute warm, fruit filled pies by creating a signature composition.
The key to pulling it off lies in the easy but methodical layout.

Shapes fall into line without flaw.
You can construct a top notch design with a few unassuming tools.
Follow my lead to get the look.

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The Design Technique

Even Stephen.
Uniform spacing is the foundation to this layout.

Create the main star by using a 7/8-inch diamond shaped miniature cutter.
The secondary star shines bright by using a straw to make the cuts.

The pastry pattern not only looks great but also serves a useful purpose.
As the pie bakes, the cut outs allow steam to escape for a thickened filling & pretty presentation.

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The Main Star

Begin rolling the dough while still a bit cold, about 5 minutes after it comes out of the refrigerator, as it will warm quickly.

The small round cutter serves to mark the center of the dough. Spacing is essential to a pretty design so do not skip this step. Cut 5 drinking straws into 5-inch pieces. Space the straws evenly around the cutter to from a star shape. If your having trouble getting the shape, pull out a star cookie cutter & study the line up. Mimic into your composition.

Cut 3 diamond shapes between each straw about 1/2-inch apart from the dough using a 7/8-inch size cutter. 

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The Supporting Star

Once the main star is cut. Remove the drinking straws from the dough surface. Those markers will serve as the place holders to where the round shapes will be cut. The important thing here, once again, is to keep everything even.

Cut 3 circles from the dough spacing them 1/2-inch apart using the end of a straw between each row of diamond shapes. 

After the cuts have been made, slide the dough onto a sheet pan, cover & chill until ready to assemble the pie recipe.

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The Equipment

Paper or plastic drinking straws can be used as markers for the design. 
A 7/8-inch diamond shaped cutter makes the cutting easy.

A variety of shapes can be substituted to make the design all your own.
Hearts, triangles & stars would all make for a lovely look.

Add plastic wrap & a rolling pin & you’re well on your way to a beautiful composition.

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