You can up your pie game big time with these awesome baking classes

The Pie Hole makes it as easy as, well...pie!


Pie is such a perfect food, because you can eat it as an appetizer or snack (hello, mini pocket pies!), a savoury main, and–of course–for dessert. For those who are looking to seriously up their pie game, the classes offered by Vancouver’s Pie Hole shop are a great way to go.

Held at The Pie Hole’s newer second location in Burnaby (on the New West border), the workshops are taught by Pie Hole founder Jenell Parsons.

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Rolling, rolling, rolling… (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

All the pie workshops start with the buttery basics: The Pie Hole’s signature Double Butter Crust recipe. In the super hands-on class you will work your own crust magic (and tone those biceps) and get your hands on the closely-guarded crust recipe you can take home and replicate in your home kitchen.

Right now on the pie class slate the courses are focusing on seasonal ingredients like berries and, soon, peaches, as well as with getting those stunning Instagram-worthy decorated pie tops (think rosettes, lattices, cutouts, and more). Speaking of Instagram, you are encouraged to bring your own camera to the class so you can document your delicious results.

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Jenell Parsons leads the class (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

The classes are conversational, active, and engaging; Parsons will help you perfect your techniques and she creates a comfy learning environment that is pleasant for both pie-making pros and newbies alike.

Naturally if you are making pie you are baking pie, and that means students leave with their pie in one of The Pie Hole’s witty boxes (“You wanna piece of me?” is printed on the side, and, duh, the answer is YES). Bonus, your car will smell delicious for days thanks to the powerful fresh-baked pie aroma.

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Lattice, rosettes, and a strawberry top a fresh Strawberry-Rhubarb pie (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Now, the thing about these awesome pie classes is they do tend to fill up fast– you know, like your tummy when you have that necessary second slice. But what’s awesome about the Pie Hole is that they can also work with you to create a private pie class, perfect for anything from team-building to birthdays and bridal or baby showers.

Info on upcoming classes and registration is available on The Pie Hole’s site.

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Anticipation! (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)
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Final product (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Related: The Pie Hole opens up cafe and store in Burnaby


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom