Tuesday, November 13

With Love, Apple Pie. My Class with Joy the Baker


It is not every day you get to meet your idols. Especially get to spend the morning making pies with them!


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Photo Courtesy of Cassie from I Need To Bake
This past Saturday I drove up to King Arthur Flour in Norwich Vermont and met up with my Sundays With Joy friend Cassie. For Cassie, this was her first trip to King Arthur...let alone Vermont. The poor girl lives in MA, just a hop skip and a jump away and she has never been to VT. Oh what she is missing. For those of you who have never visited, I suggest you do. It's really my favorite place... if only my husband could find a job that pays as well as S. NH/MA does we would high tail it over the state line!

This is Cassie... in case you didn't read the name tag!


Anyways, Joy the Baker!

 Joy the freaking BAKER!

I spent the freaking morning with her hands all up in my pie crust.

That sounds oddly dirty.... But for real, she helped me make pies. SO much fun.

She started the class off by teaching us the importance of how to measure flour correctly. This is a lesson I have heard time and time again, by the KAF folks. For some reason... I don't always follow the rules. I don't measure correctly. I need to stop being so lazy and listen to Joy and the KAF experts... my cookies and cakes will thank them.

Then we tackled pie crust.

Not just any pie crust. Joy's Buttermilk Pie Crust. Now I have made a crap ton of pie crusts over the years using every kind of fat you can think of. I for years have sworn up and down by my trusty 100% butter crust. It never fails, tastes fab and is super flaky. Well guess what..... Joy's Buttermilk Crust is out of this world. You want to just eat the crust, forget about the filling!



It's sweet, salty, tangy, flaky, buttery, just plain YUM!

The techniques she uses for making the crust is very similar to the ones I learned at KAF during Blog and Bake. You cut cold cold butter into small pieces. Toss with flour, then work into the flour using your fingers creating little thin butter disks.

For her filling... this is also just pain genius. Amazing how a couple extra steps added to the traditional apple pie makes  much of a difference. It's worth the extra time!

First you toss the apples with sugar. Set in a strainer and allow them to macerate. The juice drippings you get during that process are then boiled down with some spices, once it reduces down you toss it with your apples.

The end result was this amazing, tart, but also perfectly sweet apple pie. The apples held their shape, they were nice and firm, tasted fresh and almost of apple cider. Topped off with that amazing pie crust, and you have one master piece of a pie!


I had a slice a couple hours after it came out of the oven. It was great. Then... I waited a day, had another slice. It was amazing. And then believe it or not.... day 3.... it was still freaking amazing!

I ate pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner all weekend long. I bet you wish you had my life!



For the recipe for Joy the Baker's With Love, Apple Pie. Click HERE to get the buttermilk crust and apple pie from her blog. 


I want to thank my friends at King Arthur Flour for an amazing time up in Norwich, Cassie for coming along, and of course  Joy for sneaking me in the class after it was sold out!!!! You are the best and I <3 you big time!



PS In case you were wondering. Joy Wilson is exactly what you'd picture her to be from reading her blog/book. She is so West Coast, very laid back and chill. She greeted me with a big hug which made my day and talks to everyone like they are long time friends. Its refreshing to see how humble she is, we were all there to see her, because obviously we love her book and think she is amazing. But she spent so much time dishing out compliments to us. How lovely we all are, and what great pie bakers we are. So sweet! I can't wait to see her again.... Boston! Eat Boutique here I come!
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29 comments:

  1. Glad to hear the class was so much fun! Your pie looks amazing.

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  2. So awesome!!! Love that you got to go to King Arthur!!

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    1. I am quite lucky to be close by. KAF is the best.

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  3. How fun! That pie crust looks divine!

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    1. It was fun, and it truly is the best crust.

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  4. Ive never been up there, maybe Ill have to make a trip! That pie looks perfect! I want to try it!

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    1. So worth the trip! You should go sometime... after the baby!

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  5. I need to try her pie crust! And I *love* the idea of reducing the apple juices to put back in the pie. Genius.

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    1. Oh my god everything about this pie is genius! I've never been so over the moon about an apple pie. It's that good.

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  6. So freaking fun! Glad you had a great weekend and got to meet Joy. She totally rocks….and so does this apple pie!

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    1. SO much fun! She was awesome.... as was this pie.

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  7. What a great event! Now I'm craving flakey pie crust..

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  8. What a fun experience! I dream of going up to KAF someday!

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    1. If you ever make it up this way, go! It's a bakers paradise.

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  9. I'm so excited for you! I'm glad you got to meet her, I know you're a big fan. She's the sweetest, isn't she?

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  10. Ohmigosh I'm so jealous! That crust looks AMAZING.

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  11. This looks so, so good! What a fun afternoon :)

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  12. OMG I cannot believe you got to meet JOY! This is so wonderful and so much fun to look at all of the photos! I'm so very excited and happy for you :) :) AND how GOOD does this pie look? apple pie is my favorite dessert on the planet, no contest :)

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  13. Oh how fun! That is so awesome you not only met Joy but got to bake with her! Your apple pie looks divine!

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  14. I saw your post on facebook before going to the class and the photo after the class. Excuse me for leaving this comment so late, I've been biting my nails with envy ever since. I love Joy and getting to make a pie with her is awesome!!!! You girl rock!!

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  15. Joy is like the Cleopatra of pies...what a lucky ducky getting to hang with her!

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  16. Joy is like the Cleopatra of pies...what a lucky ducky getting to hang with her!

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  17. Ahhhhh!!! I took the Saturday 9am class. I guess we just missed each other. Too bad. Joy was awesome, the pies were awesome, King Arthur was awesome...I could gush about it all forever and ever. And when Joy said she had read my blog I almost DIED. OMG!!!

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  18. Oh ha! Now I see that this post was 2 years ago. So I missed you by 2 years, not a few hours. Well, I just took her class this weekend at King Arthur...guess she does it every year around the same time. Too funny!

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