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Tips on: How to Make Mini Pies

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


Mini Pie Maker – Essential Tips

We’ll show you just how to get the best use out of your mini pie maker, and impress your family and friends with these incredible little hand held treats.

  • Your filling can not be too watery. It must have some body. The best way to describe the type of thickness is to liken it to ketchup- not too thick, not too thin. If it is too liquid your filling will run out, spill, and burn.
  • Your filling can not be too watery. It must have some body. The best way to describe the type of thickness is to liken it to ketchup- not too thick, not too thin. If it is too liquid your filling will run out, spill, and burn.
  • Make sure to not overstuff the pie cavity. Fill the pie cavities with a little more than a third cup of pie filling; this will help make the top of the pie crust bake a beautiful golden brown. The filling should mound slightly in the center of the pie just above the top edge so that the top crust has a lumpy appearance before it is baked; the filling will even out during baking while the crust browns. Remember, this gadget bakes on contact, so there can’t be too much airspace between the dough and the metal plates.
  • The crust must touch the hot surface of the pie maker to bake properly. If there is an airspace between the top crust and pie maker when the lid closes down, it will not brown.
  • Use a pie filling that expands when heated. Adding cornstarch or clear-gel to the filling will encourage expanding, which helps puff the crust out and ensures an even browning.
  • If everything goes correctly, you’ll be able to hear a whistling sound coming from the mini pies during baking; this is steam escaping from the mini pies.
  • Interested in adding a conventional lattice top or monogrammed design ito the top of your pie crust? Unfortunately, with the pie maker built as it is, this is not advisable, since the filling can seep up out of the lattice and burn against the metal heating element.

    Thankfully however, there are a few tricks that can help achieve that homey look of a lattice-topped crust, or a monogrammed design. You can still add personalization to your mini pies, even when using a mini pie maker.

    To add a lattice-top to your mini pie: Before assembling the pies prior to baking, roll the dough as thin as you can without it following apart. Cut a few strips of dough from the leftover scraps and build a lattice top on the pie tops. Carefully lower the lid and bake till finished. After the pies have been removed from the mini pie maker, cut the thin dough layer away from the lattice and allow the mini pie to cool.

  • You can use this same method to personalize your mini pies with a monogrammed crust. Using the leftover scraps of dough from when you first cut out the top and bottom dough circles, cut out the letters you wish to use and set aside. Roll out the thin layer of dough and lay on the mini pie filling, then brush the cut-out letters with a thin layer of water. Place the letter, water side down, on top of the thin layer of dough. Bake as before, then cut away the thin layer and allow the pie to cool before serving.