There are counterop appliances that will cook waffles for us, grill our paninis and even bake mini cupcakes – why not add an appliance that will bake up some pies to the collection? The Breville Personal Pie Maker is a countertop gadget that bakes four individually sized pies at a time in just about 10 minutes. Pie-making doesn’t get any quicker or easier than that.
The pie maker has four cavities that heat the pie pastry inside from both the top and the bottom. The pastry is in direct contact with the hot pie maker, which is what allows for that fast cooking time. You can use pie pastry or even puff pastry to make the crust for the pies, and the Personal Pie includes a dough cutter that makes it easy to cut the dough to the appropriate size for the machine. The surface of the pie maker is nonstick, so the pies will slide out easily and any escaped filling will be easy to wipe off the surface. Since the baking time is short, fillings will need to be cooked before being added to the pies, as most things (fruit fillings, meat pies, etc.) will not have the time that they need to cook fully and thicken.
Traditional pie making isn’t going anywhere, but I can see a gadget like this dramatically increasing how often I bake pies. Faster, less cleanup and you can bake one for yourself just as easily as you can bake more for a crowd – and indulging in my own little cherry pie with a big scoop of ice cream on top on any given weeknight sounds pretty good to me!