Nostalgia Pie Maker Review

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Now were should I start on this pie make?

Oh silly me, yes, the style of the mini pie maker. READ ON…

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Review Rating

Overall Rating:1.7 Stars (1.7 / 3)
Performance:2.0 Stars (2.0 / 3)
Construction:2.4 Stars (2.4 / 3)
Cost:2 Stars (2 / 3)
Customer Service:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 3)
You might be happy with it.
Bakes inconsistently.
Good quality.
Pie maker moderately priced.
Limited customer support.

Specifications

  • Model Number: PIE-400
  • Capacity: Four Pie Cavities
  • Mini Pie Size: 4 (four) inches diameter
  • Personal Pie Filling Capacity: 1/3 Cup (about one third cup)
  • Baking Power: 1400 Watts
  • Cooking Surface: Non-Stick
  • Included Accessory: Pastry Cutter
  • Color: Black exterior
  • Dimensions: 11.2″ x 13″ x 4.2″ high.
  • Weight: 5lb. 8 oz.
  • Warranty: One Year Limit

Phone Customer Support

Have a question about your pie maker?
Call Nostalgia Products Group LLC customer service: 1-(920) 347-9122
Nostalgia Pie Maker website:
www.nostalgiaelectrics.com

Instruction Manual

Download or view the Nostalgia Pie Maker Manual here:
Nostalgia Pie Maker Manual


Nostalgia is an okay pie maker

Now were should I start on this pie make?. Oh silly me, yes, the style of the mini pie maker. It has a crazy retro style with its bold, eye-catching color, the modern look of the . The top is an aqua diecast metal with a pale yellow bottom. What were they thinking?

Takes longer to bake

For the price the pie maker is a good buy. The Nostalgia maker can bake up to four pies at a time. Like most pie makers the baking surface is non-stick. It seems the pies take longer to bake than just the noted 5-8 minutes, more like 10 minutes and some.

It’s a shame but the unit does not bake pies totally evenly. You might need to shuffle the pies around toward the back or just remove the ones that are done and allow the others to bake longer. Like all pie makers, it could be a pain to clean if the pie filling spills out. But we have you covered here.

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No power switch.

The Nostalgia pie maker uses 1,400 watts. There’s no off and on switch like most makers. You have to plug and unplug it. There are two lights on the lid, one red and one green. The red light glows when the unit is on. The green light glows when the plate has reach the desired baking temperature. So both lights stay on once the proper baking temperature is attained.

There isn’t a timer. So you need to check on your pies occasionally to see if the tops are golden brown or use a kitchen timer. A doughy translucent top means that the top crust need more time to bake.

Nostalgia pies seem to bake the best with cooking 10 minutes or slightly more, not the 5-8 minutes published. Still, that’s not very long for delicious baby pies.

You get a booklet.

The maker comes with a very simple thin Instruction and recipe book. There are 2 pie crust recipes and 6 pages of pie recipes. You add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of filling or about 1/4 cup into each cup. Here’s a tip, it is best to make sure that there is enough filling inside the pies to get the top crust to brown nicely while it cooks.


The instructions didn’t say to damp the edges of the bottom crust with water, but if you don’t, the pie top wont seal with the bottom crust and fall off.

First time use is clean it.

Be sure to season the maker with oil the first time and allow to bake for 20 minutes. It might smoke and give off a chemical smell but it’s all normal. Unplug and allow to cool and wipe surface with a soapy damp cloth and rinse wipe.

It’s challenging getting the bottom crust in place into a hot plate, you will likely need a tart tamper since the plate is hot and you have to move fast to flatten it into the base plate since the crust tends to shrink a bit when it touches the hot plate.

The maker comes with a pie crust cutter to cut the top and the bottom crusts. Use the large end for pie base and the smaller end for pie tops. Try brushing water on the crust edges before putting on the tops. The water helps the top crust from pulling away from the bottom crust while baking.

The Nostalgia mini pie maker is a good unit and you’ll be happy with it. It does bake pies slowly but can be an asset for difficult pies.

My first attempt with the Nostalgia pie maker:

  • 8 minutes baking – In the first ten minutes of baking, the pies were not done. The centers of the top crust were still very much raw looking. They needed much much more time to bake.
  • 10 minutes of baking – At 10 minutes into baking the pies still don’t seem done. This pie maker bakes mini pies slowly compared to Breville.
  • It finally finished baking at 12 minutes.

So, if you plan to bake a double crust pie, you’ll need about 12 minutes.

Baking Tips for doubled crust pies:

  1. Completely build your pies in the pie maker. Brush the tops with cream or a light egg-wash.
  2. Close the lid and plug in the pie maker. Let it bake for ten minutes.
  3. Crack the lid with two popsicle sticks. Continue to bake five more minutes.
  4. The filling should be boiling, and the top crust should have also risen. Close the lid for 4-5minutes longer. This last closure will brown your pie tops.
  5. Unplug the pie maker and allow the pies to rest with the lid open for 5-10 minutes. If you try to remove your pies while they are still very hot, they might fall apart.

Pie spills:

If your filling should start to boil over. Do not fret. You can wipe the pie maker clean with a damp cloth after you remove the pies.

Using pre-made pie crust:

It is recommended to use puffed pastry for the tops and pie crust for the bottoms.
Pies will bake in about 12-17 minutes, give or take three minutes.
Puffed pastry tops should brown in about 8 minutes Crack. lid and bake for 8 minutes more, or until your filling is done.

Pie dough for double crust.

  1. Bake 10 minutes with lid close.
  2. Bake 2 minutes with lid cracked.
  3. Bake 2 minutes more with lid close to brown the pie tops.


Quick Notes on Use and Care

First time use

Thoroughly clean the baking plates with warm water and dish soap. Please no abrasive cleaners. Rinse with a warm soaked dish cloth and let dry.

Wipe over the pie plates using a paper towel dipped in a little vegetable cooking oil. Remove any excess oil.

Close the lid fully and plug into power outlet.

On first use, there may be a slight odor and a little smoke in the beginning. This is okay. Let it heat for 10 minutes.

Unplug pie maker, and allow to cool. Rinse one more time to remove any residual.

It’s now ready for use.

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.

The wrap up

The Nostalgia mini pie maker is a good unit and you’ll be happy with it. It does bake pies slowly but can be an asset for difficult pies.