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Pie School – A book any pie maker should have

Kate Lebo, author of “Pie School” says “it’s just pie”. “It may not look the best but it’s going to taste good” Just have fun!

A book on pie sits next to a baked pie.

I often say that I wish I would have known more about opportunities in food when I was young. I worked in a local cafe and Dairy Queen, but had no interest in a career as a waitress, chef, or line cook. But a pastry chef or a baker? I would have loved that!

A couple of people that are making pie crust.

John just casually mentioned that a friend of his was having a class on baking pies in his home, and had another opening. I think I scared the poor boy with my enthusiasm and told him to get my name in. It paid off, I got the opening!

Who is Kate Lebo?

Kate Lebo was the instructor of our class. Kate is the author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. She has family in Omaha and was visiting after judging pie at the Iowa State Fair. She was such a wonderful teacher. Her attitude was “it’s just pie”. “It may not look the best but it’s going to taste good”. I learned so much from this class. Another great thing is she didn’t flunk any of us!

People posing with a homemade pie crust.

Our only homework was to teach someone else to make a pie. It is very difficult to read or watch pie instructions and be able to do it. It’s one of those things that you have to feel. It is an art that is disappearing. That being said, her book is wonderful. It is entertaining and instructional.

Pie School is a book from Kate Lebo

This is the pie I made the next day for practice. It’s the Peach Whiskey pie from Kate’s book, and it was delicious! This wasn’t the first pie that I have ever made, but it’s the first pie that I felt that I knew what I could do to get a better and more consistent outcome. A huge thank you to Kate Lebo!

UPDATE: I now make my crust (most of the time) and am so grateful to have the confidence to do so. Just look at this Pineapple Cream Meringue Pie! She’s a beauty don’t you think?

Pineapple Cream Meringue Tarts | Hostess At Heart

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

[…] and had never used, so I made it into tarts.  I used the crust that I learned to make in Pie School.   Then loaded in some thick juicy pineapple filling and topped the whole shebang with a thick […]

Take Two Tapas

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

So much fun! I wish I could get private pie lessons! So jealous! What a great opportunity. Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays:)


Sunday 30th of August 2015

So good you've got that spot! I'd love to take some pastry classes too :) Meybe something to look for in the future :) Your pie looks great!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Thank you!


Sunday 30th of August 2015

Well, I truly hope that pie making is not becoming a lost art! I took a course on pie making last year too and I had so much fun, so your post really resonated with me! Haha! This would be a fun event for FF, don't you think? A pie making day! Great post! Have a pie filled weekend! :D

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

That would be a great event for FF! I'm in. I need to practice while all her lessons are in my head.


Sunday 30th of August 2015

Since I started baking, I also want to be a pastry chef. :D You did a very good job, Julie. And what a nice experience. Your pie looks amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing this lovely post to us. Happy FF & have a lovely week. :) xx

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Thank you Jhuls! I had so much fun. I would love more opportunities like this one!

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