A really, really good crust is the foundation to any worthy pie endeavor without which, well, you might as well be having fruit compote — or depending on your preferred pie filling, pudding. Fortunately, for those of us who can't seem to get a crust (whether butter, vegetable shortening or lard-based) right, Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food and connoisseur of all things pie, is sharing her tips through a video series on Craftsy.

The high definition videos, of which there are seven, cover all the steps, from making a dough to types of thickeners to how to make her ultimate apple pie. Even better, the class is 25% off via this link, you can watch the videos at your leisure, and the classes never expire.

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Pie novices would do well to look to Kleiman for lessons on baking pies. In July 2009, Kleiman launched her Pie-a-Die project on her blog for KCRW. Each day, she would make a pie and write about the experience. Originally intended as a summer project, it ended up lasting through the fall until Thanksgiving. And even those who consider themselves experienced in the art of pie can pick up a tip or two for their repetoire.

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