Cool days, fresh apples and approaching holidays make even the pie challenged yearn to roll out dough this time of year. Instead of going it alone, let a local baker hold your hand while you learn the ropes:
St. Honoré Boulangerie: Tarte aux Pommes Fines may sound way too fancy for your baking skills, but the French apple tart is totally do-able, especially when you have a baker by your side. Production manager Emma Nowell is teaching hands-on classes at the Southeast Division Street location Thursday, Sept. 25 or Oct. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to handle dough like a pro and choose which apples are best for baking. Nowell will provide everything you need to make your own tart, plus snacks and a drink, just be sure to bring your own apron. Classes are $65. Call (971) 279-4433 to reserve a spot.
Pacific Pie Company: Get a master class in pie making, from one of Portland's masters of pie. Each month, Pacific Pie Co. co-owner Sarah Curtis-Fawley opens her kitchen to six students looking to learn the secrets to making her flaky, buttery pies. You'll learn how to make and roll out pastry, create double-crust and lattice-top pies, and get to know crumb crusts, cream pies, blind baking and more. You'll leave with a fresh-baked pie and enough pastry to make another one at home. The next classes are Wednesday Oct.15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m.