Sister Pie Baking Retreat – A Delicious Success

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan Recently the Leland Lodge partnered with Detroit pie queen Sister Pie to host a two-day pie baking retreat. Our inspiration for creating the retreat was twofold: First, we have a large event space able to accommodate many people in a variety of ways; quilting, yoga (stay tuned), corporate retreats, family reunions, conferences, weddings and more, and love the life and cheer events like these breathe into the Lodge.  And, second we really, really love pie and the innate warmth and nostalgia it represents. A retreat of this nature was a new idea for us and we crossed our fingers that our vision of flour, fellowship and the fragrant charm of warm, golden-brown apple pie would resonate with enough people that we could bring the retreat to life and intice Sister Pie owner Lisa and Anji northbound to Leland.

We were absolutely delighted when both the local pie baking retreat class – geared toward students from our surrounding area, and the out of town pie baking retreat class were nearly full with pie enthusiasts seeking to hone their skills within days of announcing the event!

The retreat was broken into two classes which spanned two days in order to allow sufficient chilling time for the all-important pie crust and to give bakers enough time to settle in and relax a bit while they were with us. Class one was dedicated to teaching students key techniques for creating the perfect flaky crust with insider tips and tricks provided along the way by Lisa and Anji. Class two took place the following day and students perfected the art of pounding dough (heard all the to the front desk), rolling dough, applying the crust dust, filling the pie (rosemary apple), making the “dramatic crimp,” venting and finally baking.

Many times during the pie baking retreat, our vision for the experience we hoped it would provide was affirmed. It was lovely to hear Lisa talk about her connection to pie and how life delivered her to the daily creation of something “inherently communal” and to listen as the students followed suit with stories of their own; connections to grandmothers and mothers, sisters looking to outbake one another and apply class concepts to perfecting a family recipe for venison pie, the desire to master what feels like a dying art thanks to Pillsbury…  We also loved the Q & A portion which took place during the “browning period” when oven temps (and spirits) were high.  Students had a chance to ask Lisa and Anji about all things pie, Lisa’s love of HansonSister Pie’s Fifth Anniversary , their upcoming cookbook (September 2018 with photos by EE Berger) and anything else that came to mind.

Once thoroughly baked and cooled students grabbed their pies and swag bags filled with a new mixing bowl, pastry blender, dough scraper, Leland Lodge + Sister Pie apron and of course the coveted Sister Pie recipe and said their goodbyes.  The smiles we witnessed, the enthusiastic feedback we received and the friendships that were formed has us looking excitedly ahead to our next Sister Pie Baking Retreat in hopes that it becomes an annual event. We absolutely adored our time with Lisa, Anji and all of the students and can’t wait to do it again.

If we do, we hope you’ll join us.

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

Sister Pie Baking Retreat | Leland Lodge | Leland Lodge Retreat | Fishtown Michigan

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