See the Mesmerizing Pie Designs Instagram Is Obsessed With
Almond cream tart with wine-poached pineapple and quince. Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Ko
Her main ingredients:
"I'm inspired by geometric patterns, architecture, and textiles. I've seen things done with pie that involve cookie cutters or cut flower shapes, but I want my designs to feel more experimental. It also helps that Seattle has great produce. What can you do with ten pounds of cherries other than stuff it in a pie?"
Mixed-berry pie with beet-colored crust.
"I created a spoke design out of dough—it's based on some string art I found—and it's kind of become my signature. It's actually not that hard to execute, even though it looks complicated. But there are some designs that really stretch my brain. I once thinly hand-sliced five or six pears for a layered tart, and that was way more laborious."
Mixed-berry pie with freeze-dried-raspberry crust.
Her power tool:
"My pastry wheel! I used to slice straight edges with a paring knife and a cookie sheet. But the rolling wheel cutter, coupled with a metal ruler, has saved me so much time. Not to mention that my lines are now smoother and more consistent."
Raspberry-lemon curd tart with mango arrows.
Her grand plan:
"I'm going to teach a few local workshops and classes and develop more recipes—but I don't want to open a store and sell pies. Some take up to six hours to complete, so I couldn't produce them en masse. Right now I'm happy just sharing with friends. They're happy to eat what I make!"
Chocolate tart with kumquat tiles.