Summer Pies

May 4, 2014

Mother Moo Creamery Pie“Bring a knife, an apron, and closed shoes and be ready to work.”

If this sounds intriguing, maybe Mother Moo Creamery‘s popular summer pie-making class should be on your “to do” list.

At the Moo Kitchen & Barn, students will work with pastry chef Emily Earhart, learning how to make the perfect crust and “how to make an excellent filling that won’t make your dough gooey, soggy, and just plain icky.”

Along with snacks and morning coffee, students will not only leave with the pie they’ve created, but a scoop of Mother Moo’s homemade ice cream.

Mother Moo Pie


Mother Moo Pie a la mode

Chef Earhart earned her M.A. in the Anthropology of Food at the University of London and is a graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts. She has been the pastry cook at the Ritz-Carlton, the Langham Hotel, and was head chef at POP Champagne.

LaVerneOnline states that while at POP Champagne, Earhart created “a harmonious menu of tempting tastes that hit all the right notes” and that the desserts were “a world unto itself.”

Elina Shatkin at LATimesBlogs wrote that Earhart created a dessert menu “that shines.”

“We named our oven Nigel after her stint in London,” says Mother Moo. “Emily also make a mean mince meat pie.”

Classes are small and intimate.

Mother Moo Strawberry Balsamic Galette

Strawberry Balsamic Galettes; all photos courtesy of Mother Moo Creamery

Mother Moo is currently serving cornflakes, strawberry, and mint chip ice creams (all organic). Additionally, they’ve created toasted oak, which we can’t wait to sample. If sorbet is more to your liking (or to your digestive system’s liking), Mother Moo offers blood orange and carrot apple popsicles, as well as coconut, strawberry lemonade, and grapefruit Campari sorbet.

Besides cooling treats, Mother Moo cooks up soups, such as turmeric lentil, coconut curry red lentil, bean soup with kale and rosemary, and organic carrot and miso. They also sell naturally fermented breads, baked fresh on site.

Carrot and miso soup

Carrot and miso soup

Besides the summer pie-making class, Mother Moo’s other workshops include Citrus Canning and Preservation and Ice Cream Making on a Large Scale.

Owner Karen Klemens is “over the moon and incredibly honored” that her shop has been selected as the 2014 Small Business of the Year for Senate District 25. She says there are some 3.3 million small businesses in the state of California, out of which approximately 80 are chosen. Klemens sends “a huge thank you to all those who have supported the Moo” since their opening 31 months ago and she looks forward to picking up her award in Sacramento in mid-June.

Blood orange marmalade

Blood orange marmalade

Mother Moo Creamery Summer Pie-Making Class
Saturday, May 31st, 9-11:30 a.m.
Mother Moo Creamery, 17 Kersting Ct, Sierra Madre
Cost:  $125; includes all supplies, hands-on instructions, pie, & scoop of ice cream
RSVP by calling 626.355.9650
Find more info at or their Facebook page

Lemon Meringue for Pi Day

Lemon Meringue for Pi Day


Organic Strawberry Pie

Organic Strawberry Pie 


Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie


Mother Moo Creamery owner Karen Klemens

Mother Moo Creamery owner Karen Klemens


All photos courtesy of Mother Moo Creamery; found on their Facebook page.



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