Woman weaves pie crusts into immaculate art
When it comes to beautiful desserts, pies are often pushed aside for cakes, cupcakes, tortes and ice cream. It’s easy to see why — with magnificent tall cakes with buttercream decor and super sugar sculptures.
The “it” factor is on full display with some of these confections. But, one home baker out of Seattle is gonna put a “pie in your eye,” that you soon won’t forget. Lauren Ko, is producing amazing pie crusts that are not only works of art but also very tasty.
Ko puts a twist on the traditional lattice pastry approach by weaving long, thin strips of dough into complex criss-cross patterns. As a result, the filling is often the center piece or in one of her most recent creations, the bullseye, where the latticework frames a bunch of berries. Another pie has a mandala-like shape in the center.
While many bakers follow strict guidelines, Ko lets herself get creative when it comes to crust and surface design:
“I’m driven by color and pattern, so I’m constantly brainstorming color combinations and geometric patterns that I think I can replicate with pie dough [and] fruit,” she explains. “What I create during a particular baking session is also often informed by produce that is in season and what’s currently in my fridge. My final products are generally happy accidents.”
See her latest creations as they come out of the oven on instgram @lokokitchen.