When we say "traditional", we really mean "traditional". Sue Chidester, farm-to-table baker, renders her own lard for her pie crusts (just like bakers did generations ago before Crisco was invented in 1911.) 

While you will not render lard during this hands-on workshop, you will successfully craft savory hand-pies, rustic tortes and a double-crust pie. Sue takes the mystery out of pie making, and in a friendly and relaxed manner, provides simple, straightforward instructions to make basic flaky pastry; roll pastry properly; crimp crusts and make "pretty pies".  Discuss lattice top pies, crumb crusts, savory and fruit fillings, cream pies, and more! Receive multiple [almost] fool-proof recipes, including Sue's proprietary rustic apple pie recipe.

Take a break from baking and enjoy a delicious lunch of savory hand-pies (that you will make yourself), and sweet rustic tortes (also made by you!) 

We provide all of the necessary ingredients and we will be delighted to offer you a glass of Washington wine to enjoy by the fire at the end of the day. 

At the end of this workshop, you will go home with a complete, ready-to-bake apple pie. Enjoy it right away, save it in the freezer for a special night, or show off your pie prowess at the next holiday meal. A high-quality pie baking "tool kit" is included in your fee (marble rolling pin, glass pie pan and recommended pastry blender).

More importantly than the goodies you will take home, you will leave with the confidence to continue making gorgeous pies at home for your family and friends. 

We are keeping this class small so we expect it to fill very quickly. Don't delay your registration for this unique event! Sign up below.

If you would like to turn your one-day class into a weekend-getaway, book a room at REC Retreats for the evening. Enjoy dinner on your own at the historic Beach Store Café, soak in the hot tub under the stars, stroll on the beach, read in front of the fire. A simple continental breakfast is provided on Sunday morning. 

Here's a special idea: bring your bridal shower, birthday party, or corporate team building to REC Retreats for a custom pie-baking workshop! Contact kjerstin@RECretreats.com to schedule.

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More about the  instructor

Sue Chidester is a Heritage Skill connoisseur. She raises poultry, grows produce & preserves her garden bounty, and has raised dairy goats, producing and selling luxurious goat's milk soap. Sue is a beloved instructor at REC Retreats, having taught soap making,  bread baking and cheesemaking.

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Your fee includes a savory hand-pie lunch, ALL materials, equipment & ingredients, and a glass of Washington wine to enjoy by the fire at the end of the day.

You will go home with a complete, ready-to-bake apple pie, a high-quality pie-baking "tool kit" needed to successfully make your own pies at home, and the confidence to do so! 

Type of workshop:

Book a Private Room (Fri night only)

Turn your day of learning into an evening of relaxing. Book a room at REC Retreats for the night preceding and/or following your workshop.


deluxe overnight accommodations 

access to all the amenities at REC Retreats: hot tub, soaking tub, cozy fireplaces, art studio

simple continental breakfast in the morning 

Not included, but we suggest you pamper yourself: 

dinner at the historic Beach Store Café


self-guided artist tour

guarantee private room (additional fee)