When we say "traditional", we really mean "traditional". Instructor and Pie Baker Extraordinaire, Susan Chidester, 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 full-day workshop, you will learn tips and tricks to make basic flakey pastry; roll pastry properly; crimp crusts; craft double-crust pies and make "pretty pies". Discuss lattice top pies, crumb crusts, savory and fruit fillings, cream pies, and more! Take home multiple almost fool-proof recipes, including Sue's proprietary rustic apple pie recipe.
At the end of this workshop, you will go home with two vacuum-sealed pie crusts and filling for one fruit pie to save in the freezer: Save these pie "parts" in the freezer for a special night, or show off your skills at the next holiday meal.
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!) Just in case you don't have the equipment at home to continue your pie-baking endeavors, a start-up pie baking kit is included in your fee (rolling pin, pie pan and pastry blender). 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. Classes are expected to fill very quickly. Don't delay your registration for this unique event!
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.