Breville Pie Maker Review

breville pie makerOur first review can only be that of the world’s most popular mini pie maker; the Breville.  Sturdy and solid, this mini pie maker is the king of it’s class.

It’s the mini pie maker so many people start off with, and there’s good reason why.  But is it really worth being referred to as the best on the market?

We purchased one mini pie maker and gave it a whirl, and here are the results:

The Breville Mini Pie Maker is one of the top pie makers, but it can also be one of the most expensive.
READ ON…

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Review Rating

Overall Rating:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 3)
Performance:2.3 Stars (2.3 / 3)
Construction:3 Stars (3 / 3)
Cost:1 Stars (1 / 3)
Customer Service:2 Stars (2 / 3)
You will be happy with it.
Bakes consistently.
Good quality and durability.
Pie maker is expensive.
Knowledgable support, but long wait.

Specifications

  • Model Number: BPI640XL
  • Capacity: Four Pie Cavities
  • Mini Pie Size: 4 (four) inches diameter
  • Personal Pie Filling Capacity: 1/3 Cup (about one third cup)
  • Baking Power: 1200 Watts
  • Cooking Surface: Non-Stick
  • Included Accessories: Pastry Cutter and Pastry Tamper
  • Color: Stainless-steel exterior
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 15″ x 5″ high.
  • Weight: 7 lb. 13 oz.
  • Warranty: One Year Limit

Phone Customer Support

Have a question about your pie maker?
Call customer service: 1-866-BREVILLE (1-866-273-8455)
Breville Pie Maker website:
www.brevilleusa.com

Instruction Manual

Download or view the Breville Personal Pie Manual here:
Breville Pie Maker Manual


Breviile’s Quality comes with a Cost

Thankfully, with price comes quality; the Breville Mini Pie Maker is a well-constructed kitchen accessory and a boon to any serious baker. Its substantial heft and weight helps mini pies cook evenly, and the metal pie cavities are large and easy to handle.  The unit can bake four personal pies at the same time. Each cavity can hold two circles of pie dough plus 1/3 cup of filling.

An oft-heard complaint about mini pie makers is that the tops of the mini pies burn easily.  This can easily be avoided by following a few simple tips.

Breville designed the top section (lid) to be much hotter than the bottom, to ensure a cleanly baked crust that creates that beautiful golden brown color that signifies a delicious double crust mini pie.
Unfortunately, Breville fails to provide the proper instructions of use that can prevent any over-browning of these pie tops.  I’ve fallen victim to this mistake, myself (See my first results below)

So I called Breville, looking for some answers.  They instructed me to bake the bottoms for an extra 2 minutes before applying the pie crust tops and closing the lid. They also warned me not to forget: these 2 minutes need to be incorporated into the total bake time, not added to the end.

I followed their instructions, but I not only still ended up with burnt pie edges, but the top crust’s center did not bake fully through.

After a few attempts and trying new options, I discovered a few tips that ensure perfectly baked mini pies, each and every time:

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Quick Notes on Use and Care

Use

Before cleaning the pie maker, be sure power is off and unit is unplugged.
Do not use abrasives or metal scourers as they will scratch and damage the non-stick surface.

Care

Always clean after each use to prevent food buildup and even baking.
Cleaning may be easier while unit is slightly warm.
To clean plates, wipe with warm damp cloth.
If food residue builds up, spray with a little lemon juice and wipe clean.
To clean exterior, wipe with a soft damp cloth and dry thoroughly with a soft dry cloth.