This Week at Home: Bake Sale

The holidays are stressful. Have some pie.

Fall marks the start of baking season: As the temperatures cool down outside, the ovens in our kitchens heat up. Here are the best in baked goods, including mouthwatering pies, holiday cooking classes, and much-needed advice.

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Someone Who Inspired Us

Erin Jeanne McDowell, the New York City-based food writer and author of the cookbook, The Fearless Baker, has inspired us again: For The New York Times, she created eight new pie recipes “that taste as good as they look,” including an apple ombré, cranberry herringbone, and two-tone ginger custard.

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Add It to Your WishList

For the home baker, mixing bowls and cake stands from Ohio-based Mosser Glass are must-haves. But if baking isn’t your thing, head over to Poppy’s in Brooklyn, where ahead of Thanksgiving you can place an order for their spectacular dark-chocolate sea-salt ganache pecan tart, brown butter pumpkin pie, and apple caramel sea salt galette.

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Check It Out

If you want to learn new skills and recipes this holiday season, Haven’s Kitchen, a cooking school in Chelsea, is hosting classes on how to make Thanksgiving pies with “flaky, foolproof” crusts. Next month, its offerings include a “Holiday Cookies & Confections” class, which focuses on gingerbread cookies, meringues, truffles, and candy-coated popcorn.

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Know Your Stuff

At Bon Appétit magazine, food editor Claire Saffitz answers the 10 baking questions people (from strangers on Instagram to her own mother) ask her most often. Here, she responds to everything from substitute and strategy queries to do-I-really-need and what-went-wrong queries.

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Home Goals

The Boerum Hill townhouse at 345 State Street — represented by Corcoran agents Randy Baruh, Aiste Balcourt, and Yuliya Sysevich — offers a kitchen straight from a baker’s dream. Not only is it bright and spacious but it also has top of the line appliances by Smeg, Liebherr, and Fisher & Paykel. You’ll have plenty of space to chill and display your treats with a gracious center island and the convection and traditional ovens allow you to bake twice as much in the same amount of time.

Photos in order of appearance: Erin Jeanne McDowell’s Facebook and Coming Soon New York.

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