Baking Pies @ The Food Studio is great fun!

The first thing that struck me about The Food Studio is that…man, that’s my Dream Kitchen!

dream kitchen

I love those overhanging steel shelves – I want my pots and pans to hang above the island in my kitchen too.  Looking at this very professional kitchen at The Food Studio just reinforces that I need to get cracking on those ceiling-hanging shelves.

Tucked away in the quiet hilly enclave of Amarin Kiara, The Food Studio offers a variety of culinary events, ranging from demos, gourmet cooking classes, private parties, team-building sessions and even take-home chefs!  The vast modern kitchen, equipped with Electrolux appliances, with many individual cooking stations and fully stocked with modern cooking utensils, is a joy to work in.

studio collage

I was there a few Saturdays ago for a class on baking Basic Pies, courtesy of Electrolux. The class was led by Chef Paul, who besides demonstrating the various steps of baking pies, gave us a lot of useful tips – how to cube onions properly, how to cut and core apples, what types of potatoes make the best mash, how to choose the freshest mushrooms etc.

chef

Only the freshest and top-notch ingredients are used at The Food Studio…

ingredients collage

oil

The 3 Basic Pies we were taught that day were Apple Pie, Shepherd Pie and Chicken Pie. I like how the recipe sheets given out were really “basic”… there was only a list of ingredients given and as for the amounts of each item, well, that’s flexible – really. And Chef Paul proceeded to show us just how flexible… just use whatever amounts we like! Throw in more mushrooms or minced meat or whatever you fancy… and you can adjust how salty, sweet or spicy you want the fillings to be. Good cooking should be that way – everything depends on the touch and taste of the chef! After the chef’s demo, we all got to bake our pies hands-on.

So, ok…let’s start with the Apple Pie… see how simple it is… ingredients listed in the recipe were just apples, butter, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla bean, orange juice…

app-pie collage

And the end result? Ta…daaahh!

a-pie collage

Next up was the Shepherd Pie. We used minced beef for the filling and put in lots of tomatoe puree and canned tomatoes to thicken it… enhanced with lots of fresh carrots and onions… with some green peas for added colour too. For taste and flavour, just sprinkle in some salt, pepper & mixed herbs.

shepherd collage

We really threw in the works where cheese was concerned… the more the better! Shredded cheddar and parmesan were piled as high as possible on top of the mashed potatoes and baked to a golden hue…

my shepherd

This was my favourite and the only pie that I completely devoured that day!

shepherd bite

We really had fun with the Chicken Pie – that was the richest pie for the day, thanks to the white wine and cream which we added in very generous portions!

chic pie collage

You can substitute any meat with the chicken fillet we used… that’s the beauty with pie fillings – you are only limited by your imagination and creativity!

my apple

The recipe we did that day was fabulous… I didn’t stinge on the mixed herbs, wine or cream…and mushrooms! Due to time constraint, we used ready-made puff pastry sheets for the Apple Pie and Chicken Pie.

chic pie

It was a very fun cooking session and once everybody’s pies were baked… (Chef Paul was a gem – he took very good care of our pies in the oven), we all sat down and dug into the pies…with great relish! The recipes are so easy to replicate at home and like I said, just go crazy with your own pie fillings.

luscious pies

I have replicated these pies several times at home since then… they are such a hit with the family, I tell you!

Do check out The Food Studio for a fun, enriching culinary experience!

The Food Studio
Level LG2, Amarin Kiara
Jalan Desa Kiara 1
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6205-1188

*Much appreciation goes to Fried Chillies for the invitation :)

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8 Responses to “Baking Pies @ The Food Studio is great fun!”

  1. April 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    i want cockle pie for mains and mangosteen pie for dessert!!! :D

    • Pureglutton
      April 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      Sean, you and your weird wants – u so farnee la :P

  2. April 11, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    What a fun day that was! :)
    Thank goodness I had you as my team mate or I think my pies would have been pretty bad.

    • Pureglutton
      April 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      J, you did fine la :) Yeah it was really fun!

  3. April 11, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    great shots.. very artistic my dear! i would have gone just to EAT the pies!

    • Pureglutton
      April 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      Ciki, thanks :) oh you should have come by – there were lots of pies, begging to be eaten ;)

  4. April 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    That would be my dream kitchen too… and for Devil to use it to cook for me! LOL

  5. val brown
    May 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Yes……total dream kitchen. and not only are there pies but by George there’s CHEESE!!!!! these pictures are too hard to look at without leaving this website and going to fix myself something to eat.

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