Monday, April 2, 2012

Mixed Berry Pies and my Breville Mini Pie Maker

I must start this post by saying that I stinkin' looove my Breville Pie Maker.  I mean, if I could make every meal in a pie, I would.  And that's the fun: it's so versatile!  You can basically use whatever you have left in your fridge, throw it in between some tasty refrigerated pie crust, and everyone will love it.  My Pie Maker came with cutters to make perfectly sized pie tops and bottoms.

While the sweet pies are undoubtedly my favorite, a pizza/calzone pie is a lunch staple in my house.  It's easy and SO tasty.  One person hates pepperoni and the other loves black olives?  No problem.

I got my pie maker for Christmas this year from my soon-to-be mother-in-law.  Since then, I've definitely put a few miles on it.  Today, I pulled a recipe from my handy dandy Mini Pie Cookbook to see what I could make for dessert with what I had lying around.  What I love about this cookbook is that all the recipes are already proportioned for four mini pies but are also easy to double or triple if you want to make more than one batch.  A bag of mixed berries and some baking standards combined to what I thought were some tasty (albeit, not the prettiest) pies.

I love a recipe that is as easy as this one is: Mix ingredients, dump in  Pie Maker! Dodge recommends using a puff pastry round for the tops of these pies (and mine would definitely be prettier if I had listened), but I just used plain ol' pie crust for the tops as well as the bottom.  If I had had some heavy whipping cream lying around, I think that these would have been AMAZING with some fresh whipped cream.

Abigail Johnson Dodge's Mixed Berry Pies
3 Fresh Strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 Cup Blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 Cup Raspberries, rinsed and patted dry
3 Tablespoons firmly packed golden brown sugar
4 Teaspoons cornstarch
1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 Teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Pinch of salt

Do you have a pie maker?  What are your favorite recipes?  Are they any favorite recipes that I should give a try? 

1 comment:

  1. I've found mini pie makers to be tricky to use. They use to burn my pies before I discovered this clever tool. Now I bake golden pies almost every time, no more burning. Some of you can get the mini pie tool for free here. I love my pie maker now and have learn how to bake pumpkin pies in it. Something the manual said we couldn't do.
    Did you know you can use sliced bread for the crust? It works pretty well.