I have a very special treat for you. As many of you may remember, I held a giveaway for 4 Breville Mini Pie Makers. One of the winners, Jeri Walker from Word Bank Writing & Editing, decided it would fun to share her experience with using her prize. So take it away Jeri.
Jeri Walker’s Breville Mini Pie Maker User Experience
Thanks Susan, I was thrilled when I found out I was one of the winners of a Breville Mini Pie Maker in conjunction with Susan’s 12 Days from my Kitchen & Contest Giveaway . First of all, it’s always nice to win, right? Second of all, the only other thing I had ever won before was an extremely large box of croutons. Best of all, repeated exposure to Susan’s easy recipes have gradually tempted this non-cook to become more of a recipe dabbler.
My Breville Mini Pie Maker arrived a few of days before Christmas, just in time to add some extra package-opening excitement to my day. After taking pictures of the beautiful gift-wrapping from Williams Sonoma, I tore the box open and immediately noted the quality-construction of the pie maker. It’s safe to say it will last for years to come.
Even better was Susan’s extra gift of pre-made cherry filling. Had it not been for that little extra something, I may have waited longer to give the Breville Mini Pie Maker a whirl. The most trying aspect for me was actually buying pie crust (remember I am a non-cook). Susan’s previous Breville Mini Pie Maker review was also very helpful.
The instructions in the Breville booklet were easy to follow, but my first attempt with the cherry pies dies because I did not heed the advice of using butter puff pastry pie crust for the tops. The tops of the pies remain soggy if puff pastry is not used, though regular crust works well enough for the bottom. One pie sheet provides enough dough for five crusts, which are easily measured by using the included pie crust trimmer. The pie-lifter tool also proved itself a clever and indispensable gadget.
Any variety of pie fillings can be used, but since I love apple, my next attempt involved my husband finding a Paula Deen recipe for apple pie filling . I over-filled the pies with a bit more than the third-cup suggested, so things go a little messy, but the nonstick surface of the Breville Mini Pie Maker cleans up quite easily.
Future plans for the Breville Mini Pie Maker include figure out how to make a good blackberry filling as well as beef pot pies which are my favorite. I even cooked a bit of the leftover butter puff crust and served it with a scope of vanilla ice cream. Simply put, there is nothing not to like about this product and how easy it is to use.
Now how cool it that. 🙂
Time to eat…
If you liked this article, don’t forget to check out some of my others such as these; Breville Mini Pie Maker Product Review, Ham and Cheese Mini Quiches (with Breville Pie Maker, and Rustic Apple Pear Tart.