At $30, I couldn’t resist trying out the Breville the Personal Pie, I mean – that’s 70% off of the regular price for a gadget that might make dinner a little easier on those nights that I have no idea what to make. Imagine taking out and warming prepared pie mix from the freezer, filling up these four inch pies and having dinner ready with a salad in under ten minutes. Delicious, right?
Yes. Even at the non-discounted price. Yum.
The pie maker arrived yesterday and I wasted no time getting it ready to go. Following the instructions, I unpacked and wiped down, then gave it a quick once over with oil to season the non-stick grill. I was very, very minimal with the oil that I used and wiped off of all of the excess.
Preparing the Pies
When it came time to make the pie, I used refrigerated pie dough that I found on sale for $3 and stuck in the refrigerator. Though, I’m sure there are better prices available. I made the filling using the traditional apples, cinnamon, butter and sugar, and you might want to make a triple or larger batch because it’s recommended that you do this before placing it in the pie. The short time to ‘cook’ the pie isn’t enough to actually cook the filling inside.
Tip: Use the full 1/3 cup of filling. I erred on the side of caution and used 1/4 cup and had quite a bit of air left at the top of the pie that would have accommodated more filling.
I loved the fact that it comes with the tools you need to cut the top and the bottom, getting the perfect amount every single time. Also loved the fact that it came with the pie-pusher-downer (yes, that’s a technical term) to make sure that the pies were perfectly in place.
I used refrigerated pie dough and the top and bottom of the traditional pie were enough to accommodate the four pies inside of the Breville Pie Maker, making it a fantastic kitchen shortcut and easy dinner/dessert maker. I rolled up the excess and placed it in the fridge for next time (likely enough for two pies.
Cooking the Pies
It’s recommended that the pie maker has about 10-12 minutes for the refrigerated dough. Ignore this. I checked on these pies after nine minutes and they were a bit brown for my preference. Still delicious, but a bit brown. The grill runs hot and heats quickly so if you have been pre-heating (I had) I would check as short as five minutes in to check on the color of the pie.
I’m impressed with the non-stick of the pie maker and the fact that once you season it the first time you’re going to be able to easily use it without having the pies stick to the pan. The first, and second batch of pies came out easily with a small rubber spatula (don’t use metal forks or utensils as you could scratch the non-stick coating on the pie maker).
How did mine turn out? As I mentioned, they turned out a little more brown than I would have liked, but this can be remedied by not pre-heating as long next time, or checking them sooner.
How did they taste? Remember when you were a kid and your parents had that grilled sandwich maker and the sandwiches always tasted awful? It wasn’t like that. These have the potential to be perfect pies (if I keep my eyes on them!)
Breville, as expected, has surpassed my expectations an created yet another kitchen gadget that’s going to save me some time in the kitchen, fulfill that last minute pie craving and create a pie with something as simple as a can of stew and refrigerated pie dough (recommended as one of the fast-pies).
The Breville Pie Maker will be getting lots of use around here in the winter months – and there are a handful left on Amazon for only $35.