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the art of pie


I had the most incredible opportunity (thanks to my husband : )) to take a pie making class from Kate McDermott herself! I have to say, this was an amazing experience and I feel like I gained 30 years of knowledge in a 6 hour class… it was worth every penny. Kate is beyond brilliant at what she does, she has perfected the art of pie and pretty much knows everything about it, including all of the history   ; ) She taught us how to be pie makers and not recipe followers, how to create the flakiest dough, how to determine when our dough is ready to form, how to roll the dough, how everything (including your hands) needs to be cold when making pie, how the water and even temperature outside will affect the outcome of the pie, how to create the most beautiful pies and that’s only the beginning. I could go on for days blurting out all of the information Kate passed on to her pie-seeking students. She also taught us how much pie relates to life and how to think about happy things while we’re rolling and baking. It’s really important to me to perfect my baking skills before I have children. I want my kids growing up thinking that their mom was the best baker, made the best pies, cakes and cookies. Baking is way more than just eating sugar, it’s passion and love and signifies special events and milestones in our lives. All of my future children will have the best homemade birthday cakes and artisan pies handcrafted with love… and wow, that was a long post! Anyway, thank you Kate for the wonderful class and for pouring your knowledge out to us. If you ever have the chance to take a class from her, I would highly recommend it, you won’t regret it!


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10 responses to the art of pie

  1. October 25, 2011

    I’ve never made a pie. I’ve made cakes and other baked goods, but no pies. This sounds delicious. Think I’ll have to put it on my to do list.

  2. October 25, 2011

    Yum. Great pics and very inspiring.

  3. October 25, 2011

    My French great-grandmother used to say that the most important element in pies is the dough, not the filling. A great dough with average filling still makes a great pie.
    But she would disagree about the ambient temperature factor. Ask Italian pasta making experts about it too 😉
    Thank you for this post that brings up souvenirs…

  4. October 25, 2011

    Yum! Pie is my favorite!

  5. October 25, 2011

    I LOVE baking pies! I want to take this class!!!!!!

  6. October 26, 2011

    beautiful shots! I love pie and I wish I were better at making them!

  7. October 26, 2011

    I’ve heard that the dough is the most important part, and yours looks delicious!!

  8. October 27, 2011

    Apple pie is my favorite! I’m cooking Thanksgiving Dinner with my girlfriends this year, and I think apple pie would be a perfect addition!

  9. October 27, 2011

    I love all of these comments and stories!! Supal and Savorique, the dough is such an important part of the pie process!!! It really makes the pie and fresh, seasonal fruit too 😉 AND to all of you who are thinking about making pies or want to learn, take a class!! It’s a skill you’ll have forever 🙂 XOXO

  10. November 7, 2011

    YUM! That pie looks delicious!

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