Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mastering the Art of The Perfect Pie Crust


RECIPE LINK at bottom of page.

We receive so many emails asking us for help teaching how to cook, bake or complete a kitchen task.  Imagine my delight when we were asked to partner with Craftsy and with Christmas right around the corner I can think of so many people that will be thrilled to learn about this!

What is your kitchen kryptonite?  Is there something so frustrating to you that you completely stay away from or something that interests you so much you wish to learn more?  Mine has been homemade pie crusts.  Honestly, I make very few pies because pie crusts and I simply have never gotten along and store bought crusts just don’t taste the same.

Craftsy is an online platform featuring projects, patterns and video classes taught by acclaimed instructors.  I have to admit I was a little hesitant at first.  I mean who hasn’t watched a quick video tutorial before only to finish still unsure of how to proceed?   

Craftsy is different.  The course was amazing!  They have such an incredible selection of classes; I honestly had a tough time choosing.  Even though I am a well regarded cook and baker, I have so many things I want to learn.  I have a list of courses that I want to take and have conveniently pinned it to the fridge.  {{{hint hint}}}

So, I checked out their site and signed up for their email.  I figured I had nothing to lose, right?  They have a HUGE selection of classes and ever free resources like their I started my courses with Perfecting the Pie Crust for obvious reasons.  I love apple pie and would be thrilled to make one for Christmas from scratch.

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I am a busy stay at home mom with a very active 3 year old.  I can’t make the time to take a class outside the home and the online videos that I have watched are lacking in support.  Craftsy is so much more than a video!   Some things that really excited me about the Craftsy courses are that you can:

•    Watch classes whenever you want
•    Great pricing; classes are inexpensive and Craftsy is offering our readers a discount on your first class.
•    A selection of FREE resources, printables and even free classes
•    Discounts by email (after my first class I received a discount offer on my second purchase)
•    Pause, replay and bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime
•    30 second repeat button to watch difficult parts as many times as you need
•    Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses
•    Participate in discussions with your classmates
•    Access supporting class materials - including recipes and helpful tips & tricks
•    Learn more about Craftsy at Craftsy.com

Done and done!  The course is absolutely amazing, it was taught by Evan Kleiman; an instructor with a plethora of experience on the subject.  I learned things that I didn’t realize I wanted or needed to know.  She offered different ways to approach each step, optional recipe changes and different tools you will need to complete the task.

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What really excited me what learning “the why”.   Having an instructor with this much knowledge really thrilled me.  The course is set up in 7 lessons and each lesson teaches a different part of the Perfect Pie Crust.  Creating the dough was packed with information on different ingredients that can be used depending on the outcome you are looking for.

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If you know me, you know I am a butter lover from way back and she had tips and tricks for achieving a magnificent flakey butter crust.  And the sign of a perfectly put together dough, just look at those chunks of butter in there.

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The section on rolling out the dough was incredibly enlightening.  I found out that I have been rolling all my dough incorrectly.  This tip will help me in so many facets of baking from pie crusts to biscuits and cookies and back again.

During the thickening course we discussed different pie filling thickeners and how they look, taste and set up.  She demonstrated applying heat and helped me decide that being I am a cake girl at heart I know which thickener I should use in my pie filling.

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The course ended with a recipe for the perfect apple pie.  I am elated to say now that I know everything I need to make the Perfect Pie Crust my family will be enjoying this fabulous apple pie.  At long last after years of struggling with the pie crust I have all the answers I need to create my new favorite pie crust for my friends and family’s pies.


I wanted a little southern twist, so I added a pecan crumble topping on my apple pie.  Fabulous!

So, what’s next on my list?  Classic Italian Pasta Sauces taught by Guilano Hazan (yes world renowned Italian cook and son of Marcella Hazan).  I can not tell you how excited I am to register for this class.  Looking for a Christmas gift for the Italian food lover in your life?  This is it!

Take your holiday traditions to a whole new level with Craftsy’s holiday gifting and cooking courses. Craftsy is also offering my readers up to 25% off a full-length Craftsy course! Whether you’re a pie perfectionist or gift-giving guru, Craftsy has something for you. Learn more about Craftsy and how to turn your ideas into reality!

Click here to get your special discount on this course!


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. As always, the opinions and text are all mine.

2 comments:

  1. Hi

    The $29.99 price is offered to anybody that visit it's website, not just to your readers?

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