Perfect Mini Pie Crust & Perfect Mini Pie Recipes!

Perfect Pie - Every Time!

Perfect Apple Pie!
Perfect Apple Pie! | Source

Perfect Mini Pies!

My! My! Cherry Pie!
My! My! Cherry Pie! | Source
Peaches and Cream!
Peaches and Cream! | Source
Blueberry with lemon garnish...sweet!
Blueberry with lemon garnish...sweet! | Source
Carmel Apple Pie!
Carmel Apple Pie! | Source
Perfect American Pie - every last bite!
Perfect American Pie - every last bite! | Source
The Best Pumpkin Pie - Ever!
The Best Pumpkin Pie - Ever! | Source

Learn to make perfect pie!

Serving a fantastic dessert is the end of every perfect (or not so perfect) meal. Dessert is super important! It's the hosts last chance to satisfy their company. Whether it be a restaurant manager or a housewife, dessert is the last dish to delight your guest. If the entire meal sucked - you can totally reclaim your dignity with a great pie! Your patron will leave the table, licking their lips with a full stomach even if the entrée insulted all the senses.

For the beginning cook, making pies and pastry can seem daunting. While making your own crust is a terrific skill to have, it isn't a necessary one these days. I can buy pre-made pie crusts in the store for about a dollar a piece. I can't make a better pie shell myself and for a dollar - I don't think I could beat the price when you include my time. I prefer to just buy refrigerated pie crust.

One challenge for real cooks everywhere is that recipes in books and on the Internet have usually been made in a test kitchen. Those kitchens have the advantage of having the most expensive equipment known to man. Commercial ovens and cookware can and will change the end result of the dish. The cook book photograph may be impossible to achieve with a general kitchen stove.

A trained cook can learn to work around these challenges while a new cook may fumble learning those basic skills. For holidays or birthdays I will spend hours making special dishes. For everyday practicality I want to be able to make a dinner and dessert in less than an hour. I want the dessert to look and taste like I spent all day preparing it though.

I was shopping recently and bought a Mini Pie Maker. Normally, I wouldn't buy something like that but it was on clearance for $14.99. I decided if it could make pie better than me, I'd love to have that!

Bella Mini Pie Maker

I am in love with the Bella Mini Pie Maker! The pie turns out of the pan, flawless, every time. It doesn't matter what filling I use the pies are delectable.

The Bella Mini pie maker includes very few recipes. I experimented with some of theirs and made a few of my own. The pie maker includes the cookie cutters needed to make the exact size and shape to fit the molds. The instructions suggest that if you use refrigerated dough from the grocery store, you should roll it out to a 1/8 inch thickness. The end result will yeild enough shells for 8 pies. I do agree that you could stretch it to make 8 pies but I don't think it's best.

I unrolled the dough and immediately cut four large rounds out and one small round. I took the remainder of the dough, rolled it out, and was able to cut out two more small rounds. Then roll the left over smaller bit of dough for your final and fourth small round piece for the top of the pie.

The thicker bottom pie crust works best to hold heavy fruit fillings without stretching it. The ration of pie crust to filling is excellent as well. The pie crust did not break, weep or tear one single pie.

I cooked each pie for exactly 12 minutes. The pie crusts were all browned and the taste was beyond compare. I used regular canned pie filling for each fruit pie. I garnished them with fresh or dehydrated fruits, zests and nuts.

Making a perfect mini pie is a snap!

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Measure the ingredients in advance.Fill them to the top but not overflowing.Keep fillings the same or very similar.Cover and baste with butter if desired.Every pie comes out perfect!Perfect with coffee for breakfast, lunch or dinner.The inside bakes perfectly as well.
Measure the ingredients in advance.
Measure the ingredients in advance. | Source
Fill them to the top but not overflowing.
Fill them to the top but not overflowing. | Source
Keep fillings the same or very similar.
Keep fillings the same or very similar. | Source
Cover and baste with butter if desired.
Cover and baste with butter if desired. | Source
Every pie comes out perfect!
Every pie comes out perfect! | Source
Perfect with coffee for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Perfect with coffee for breakfast, lunch or dinner. | Source
The inside bakes perfectly as well.
The inside bakes perfectly as well. | Source

Perfect Size for Filling Bella Mini Pie Maker

Mini Pies for Lunch or Dinner!

Tuna & Cheese Bake
Tuna & Cheese Bake | Source
Quiche with Phyllo Dough
Quiche with Phyllo Dough | Source
Chicken Pot Pie with bacon!
Chicken Pot Pie with bacon! | Source

Pies aren't just for dessert!

I love making one dish meals like quiche and pot pie. There are many advantages to making portions in smaller serving sizes. My kids can take one of these mini pies to school for lunch or dessert or pop one in the microwave for a quick breakfast.

I made a portion of the quiche mini pies in phyllo dough and the other half in regular pie crust. I tried them using a Phyllo dough bottom crust sans top crust and they were equally scrumptious. The mini quiche pies would be fantastic for a lunch item if you are entertaining guests.

One of the recipes that was included in the Bella Mini Pie instruction booklet was for a tuna cheese bake. I slightly changed the recipe and used canned tuna in water, mayo, scallion onions and capers. I topped them with cheddar and mozzerella cheese. I also used phyllo dough and my husband thought they were quite tasty. For the most part, I followed the directions and recipes in the booklet.

I made a chicken pot pie filling and quickly made mini pot pies. It took me a total of about 30 minutes total cook time to make eight mini pies. It would have taken at least an hour to bake a whole pie in the oven.

Each time I used phyllo dough - it cooked much quicker. The pies took about 8 minutes and the tuna bake and quiches took about 10 minutes.

1 Pie Crust + 1 Can of Pie Filling = Perfect Pie

You Can Leave Your Hat On....

Leave your top off!

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Tips for Perfect Pies

  • Glass pie plates and duller metal pans are best for baking pies. Those materials will absorb and retain heat evenly which makes them ideal for perfect pie crust.
  • Shiny metal pans will cause a soggy bottom!
  • Ceramic and clay are also great heat conductors and make appropriate dishes for pie baking.
  • If the recipe calls for a lattice top it may be because the filling requires venting. Make sure to use a lattice top if it is specified.
  • Fruit Pies should be bubbly in the center when they done. If the filling isn't cooked properly the filling will be too thin. Look for bubbly liquid around the slits in the center and edges.
  • Make sure proper cooling time is allowed. Cool fruit pies for a minimum of two hours to prevent the pie from falling apart.
  • Fruit pies can sit at room temperature for about 24 hours safely. They require refrigeration or freezing after this point.
  • To freeze fruit pies, let them cool at room temperature completely. Place pie in a Ziploc bag, label, date and seal for safe storage for up to 4 months.
  • To serve frozen pie, thaw at room temperature. Preheat at 325 until warm if desired.


Betty Jar - Fruit Betty Dessert

  • 8 cups of left over pies, desserts, cakes or sweet rolls (finely cut)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice and grated or zested peel
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of hot water or left over pie syrup

Process the pies and crusts into a crumb mixture. Add the brown sugar and lemons. Pour mixture into a baking dish. Melt butter in the hot water or syrup and pour over all. Cover the dish and place in a larger baking dish that contains water. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.

Serve with whipped cream topping or a lemon sauce.

The Betty Jar

Decades ago, tea houses and diners would make use of any scrap of unsold food. Left over slices of pie and cake would be put it "the Betty jar." The Betty Jar was a large, closed container in the refrigerator. Every few days, they would take all the random pieces of pies and cakes and toss this decoction together and make a crumb mixture.

The mixture, while not pretty, tastes marvelous! It's a sweet bread pudding that was originally topped with a zesty lemon sauce or glaze.

Parties, bar-b-ques or events that render large amounts of left over pies are a great beginning to a delicious Fruit Betty pudding dessert.

Fruit Betty

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Kelly,

As I started reading this I was hoping for a tutorial on "food" pies rather than "dessert" pies...(i.e. pot pies and such) You did not disappoint! Now...for my standard lame cooking (baking this time) question...how do you make a pie weep and what does that mean?

Salivating in Reno,

Thomas


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Thomas! lol You crack me up - I've told you that before, now I'm just being boring and redundant:)

You can make a pie weep - if it seeps out of the sides when you overcook that baby! Or...meringue - that can weep (it collects little droplets of condensation that drip down the meringue making it nasty and sad and ugly looking!) That happens when you don't store it covered in a fridge properly and then you take it out and it hits room temp. Guess it makes it cry:( lol

You totally need this pie maker Thomas - you can put anything in it, close it up for 10 minutes and viola buddy! You got pie!


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iefox5 4 years ago

I'm always happy to know and try recipes for Hubpages. Thanks!!!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Yum! This is so good Kelly. I love how you added everything here that I need to know in order to create theses delicious treats. Now I just have to find one for $12. Voted up and pinned! Kelley


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I love this baby pies. I am thinking I could use one right now. I love the great photos. Super hub and a delicious one to boot. Vote UP.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

You could use it to make Aussie Meat Pies! I've always wanted to try one of those. Your photos are getting to be mouth watering!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

My daughter would absolutely love this and so would we. The Betty jar is fascinating and such a yummy idea. Of course we don't usually have left over sweets at our house but I could always hide somethings. Great hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi iefox5 - thank you! You won't be disappointed if you try that little mini pie maker:) lol. You might get fat but you'll be happy!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Kelley - I can't believe what a lucky score this was for me! I almost didn't buy the darn thing but then I went back thinking, it probably won't work but for 15 bucks I'll try. I can't believe how well that thing really does work!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Carol - thank you so much! I wish I could beam you a pie - they are terrific!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Lela I've really been practicing with photos - it's a huge part of the fun of a hub for me:). I was gonna try meat pies tonight in the pie maker...sort of shepherds pie but I make mine in red wine and onion, beef, pork, carrot, potatoes - I let the meats and veggies simmer in the red wine a while:). SOOOOO good!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Glimmer Twin - the pie maker is super cool! I just can't believe how perfect everything comes out - I took so many photos because they say it all. Not one pie had to be wasted.

I never ever hear anyone talk about Betty Jars anymore! My gram worked at the Vhase Park Plaza in head of food control for a couple of decades. I learned about it there - couldn't find anything about it on the Internet either!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Can I place an order? I want ten of every pie here. Everything looks so good and you've made me very hungry.

I make mince meat pies at Christmas as well as tourtières and the Bella would save me so much time. Have to look for one of these.

Great Hub!!!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow beautiful pix kelly.

Your family must be in aww for relishing so many pies :) i guess the back to school bonanza happening at your home :)

My kid started school today and maybe I could indulge in my favorite...pumpkin pie.

Will keep ya posted on the reaction of my family in the evening...lol

once again...you took great pains in presenting the various pies and baking them...cheers!!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! you really know how to my taste buds going.

Voted up useful and awesome, thank you, Joyce.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK....You must be special, Kel....because I NEVER read recipe or "food" hubs......but, I am interested in a good, fool-proof pie crust, so I thank you..........I also learned something totally new reading this. Never heard of Betty Jar. I would have to be able to totally trust the owner of the tea house or diner and KNOW they only used "unsold" desert leftovers......and not "leftovers from customer's plates!!" Oh, YUK LOL...........Just 2 questions before I leave

Do you cook like this all the time? and

Is the house next door to you for sale?

UP+++


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

RealHousewife, what up with the, "Joe Crocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On, striptease video? Did you put that ad on your HubPages article? Your article was excellent, it didn't need Joe Crocker.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Your mini pies are so cute and truly perfect! I make my mini pies in muffin tins and call them cup-pies ^_^ I love the crust to filling ratio in smaller pies. Voted up and pinned.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

These are so cute. I love the idea and all the variations you offered. Great job!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh my, these look so delicious. I love mini pies and large pies too. Ha. But the mini pie crusts are the best, when made just right. Thanks for the recipe. Great photos, and I am craving mini pies right now. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing your delicious secret.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

this recipe is more than perfect!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! Somehow I knew YOU were gonna like this hub:) lol. I tell you - that was $14.99 well sent dontcha think??

Maybe I could freeze some and mail on dry ice:) hahha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ruchira - thank you so much!

My family is sick of pie right now:) LOL. I wanted to do a bunch ofmdifferent ones so everyone could see how gorgeous they ALL come out. Every one! And you can tell that crust is perfect. It's awesome and Pumpkin is my all time favorite pie. I made pumpkin in regular shells and phyllo dough and oh - equally scrumptious!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Joyce - thank you! Too bad you don't live closer - I'd serve you some pie in my garden with a nice cup of tea:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ah! Paula hi! Thanks - you are so hilarious:)

Yes...they used the intact unsold and untouched pie but I did get the willies thinking about that:) lmao!

I really do cook like this all the time. My friends and family will tell you that I'm a huge food fanatic! I am the one who has no Tupperware because everyone wants to take something left over home:) lol. All the ladies in my family are pretty good cooks. Sunday family meals were a regular event when Gram was alive.

I WISH the house next door was for sale - if it goes up - you'll be the first to know!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah I was being silly - if you noticed the subtitle below - you can leave your top off? Lol.

I love that Video - it's so cute! Lol.I always listen to music when I cook too:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh wow that's a great idea Mama Kim - you should write a hub about that!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Julie - thank you! You can never go wrong serving several flavors of pie:) lol.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Faith - thank you so much! I do love the smaller pies - you can even eat a whole one and not feel bad:) LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter - thank you! I know I should pretend like I slaved all day over a hot stove but yup - 12 minute pies:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Unknown Spy - thank you! A girl can never go wrong serving a nice selection of pie:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Just wanted you to know, Kelly, that the pies I make never weep. It's the guests who are forced to eat them who shed the tears. But now, armed with the professional knowledge in this remarkable hub, I shall sally forth - or is it Kelly forth - to create praiseworthy mini pies under your learned tutelage. Promise.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This was so visual and beyond my expectations! Love those pies and the delicious meal pies. You forgot a Jamaican beef patty, but RHW style, ya know? Nice pics! Thanks Kelly!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love pie and I found the perfect pie recipe from you, my friend. I definitely share this hub with my mom. Thanks for writing and share with us. VOTED UP :-)

Prasetio


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

CHICKEN POT, CHICKEN POT, CHICKEN POT PIE!!! YUMMMMM! Okay, you make all this look so easy. You're a regular pro! You could like open the "RealHousewife Restaurant" or something. Then, we'll get Chef Ramsey to give you rave reviews because he would! Hehehe. Brilliant, beautiful hub! Shared, voted, pinned, tweeted...it's just all so lovely!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh, I love pies of all sorts. Now I am so 'hungry' for apple pie with fresh cream. Oh yes, I will take off my clothes and keep only my hat on just for one of your delicious pies, Kelly! What am I talking? Let me rather go to the nearest bakery and buy a pie :)

Voted up to the stars as the most delicious best information about perfect pie crust :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj! I bet your pie patrons weep tears of joy! You can't fool me - I bet you're a terrific cook! But even if you aren't that pie maker will make you totally look like you know your business in the kitchen:) lol Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lord! Wow - love the new avatar!

Thanks - too bad you don't live closer too - I had dozens of pies to get rid of after I was finished with this hub! LOL I had to try a bunch of kinds though or how would I know if it worked and kept working after just a few uses?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey prasetio - that's funny - yeah you share this with your mom so she can make a perfect pie for you:) LOL That is using your thinker! Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Cyndi - thanks! That's funny because my husband always kind of makes fun of me for doing some of the stuff I do (like spending hours rolling sushi just so he can eat it in a few minutes:) lol I can tell you he was NOT pleased about the time I thought that having a green swirl like a jelly roll through your meatloaf looked so cool - I had to try it! When he sliced it open and (gosh I knew he was gonna be surprised!) he said, "what the hell did you put in the meatloaf?!" I LMAO because I didn't realize how passionate he was gonna be about not liking that perfect green swirly through that ugly burger? He told me to never do that again! hahaha I said, "eat it - it's pretty and therefore - good for you!"


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL Martie! ahahaha I know - I do love some good pie! lol And hey - it is totally worth the half hour because even if I sense my husband has had a stressful day - I can say, "made some pie today!" And I hear him change the thought process to "hmmm really?" haha So by the time he gets home he has had just enough time to get in a better mood looking forward to a quick snack while he sorts out his details.

I do not like making pie crust - I like buying the stuff because gosh it just adds so much time to the whole business:) I want to get right to the decorating part!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! This hub is as stunning to look at as it looks yummy. That is a fabulous idea. Perhaps even I could make a good crust. Excellent!


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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Yummy taste.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

At the end of the school year last year I got a Bella mini pie maker as a gift...I absolutely love it! I use mine mostly for meat pies..chicken pot pie is the favorite around my house!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

This Hub is completely delightful! Rated Up and more and I am sure to try mini pies.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have had mini pies before but always in a restaurant. I don't think I have ever known anyone who actually makes these in their home. Great recipe; I'm stashing this one away for pie baking season, coming up soon.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Tammy - I finally got the steps down pat - I made 16 little pies in about an hour yesterday for a party at moms. I made 8 peach pies, four apple and four pumpkin in no time! Every single one came out perfect!

Loving that little machine:). Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much Free2writ3!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey teacher! Oh I love mine! I calmest didn't buy it and now I'm so glad I did!

My sister loved the chicken pot pie and I'm getting ready to try a shepherds pie in there. I bet it will be great! Thanks a lot!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Patty! Thank you so much!

I am in love with that little machine - it just makes a perfect pie every time! I haven't had one failure yet:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Bill - yeah I never had one anywhere but in a restaurant also so I was skeptical it would work well. I waited until the thing was on a clearance table and then decided for 15 bucks if it works - that's worth it! Now I see I would have paid 30 bucks and still been happy:) lol


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

These look scrumptious, Kelly! Voted up and shared all over.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Terrye! Thanks so much! I just made a whole bunch of them and I didn't even get one! They were gone in minutes at the barbque my mom just had.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Well I certainly enjoyed this. I'm not so much into the fruit pie thing so I really loved the idea of a chicken pot pie and the tuna one I'm sure would be one of my favorites. And the quiche too. You are right, these would be great for kids lunches. I never heard of the Betty Jar, very interesting, ha. Nice job Kel! Sharing~


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah I tried to find research on the Betty Jar and couldn't either! I was so hoping someone would check in that knew about them! But it would have been when gram was young so many, many years ago. It's good stuff too! Reminds me of a dump cake!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I had never heard of mini-pie makers before, but I've just looked on Amazon UK and there's 3 of them so we have them here too. (I thought they might not be available here.) It certainly looks like an easy way to make pies. (Perhaps if I get one my girls will want to do more cooking, so I can have more time to make smiley faces on FB! :-))

Anyway, this is a very interesting and informative hub. The Betty jar looks awesome too. We definitely don't have it in the UK, nor dump cakes.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

So funny - I know exactly what you mean Melovy! This would be terrific for your girls too - except for placing the crust in the pie maker - I burnt myself so many times! An ice cream scooper is the perfect size for adding the pie filling and keeps the fingers away:)

Oh Dump Cake is absolutely delicious! I used to have people at work that would specifically request that I bring Dump cake for lunches and parties:) So easy too - just dump it all in and bake!

Poke cake is also one of my favs....all time....make a white cake - poke holes in it with a fork and dump your favorite jello flavor over the whole cake then refrigerate for several hours. Top it with Cool whip - AWESOME cake!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Interesting--it almost looks like you could use muffin tins the same way. From the photos, at first it seemed these "mini pies" were quite large--(about the size of a commercial frozen individual pot-pie)--then, when you got to the part about the ice cream scoop being the right size for filling them, I realized how small they really must be. LOL

I'd have to make my own crust, though, regardless of the time and my own ineptitude in that department. When I read the labels on the commercial frozen/refrigerated ones, they all seem to contain beef fat or lard--a problem for a vegetarian. (Luckily, I do have an easy, foolproof, idiot-proof pie crust recipe from my mom--about which I wrote a hub a while back.)

I've never heard of a "Betty Jar." It sounds like you'd have to have a good-sized family eating pies and cakes nightly for dessert to accumulate enough in time to avoid spoilage... ;)

Also, the reference in one of the comments to 'dump cake.' I've not heard that since told about it by my late grandaunt. She was from New England, so I thought it was a regional thing. Then, I learned a trick for turning ANY cake into a 'dump cake.' Perhaps I'll share. ;-)

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Kelley, I must get my own mini pie maker. This is fantastic. Pies are a cook's delight and always welcome on the table or in a lunch box. Great hub that I am bookmarking. Thank you!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Came back for another look. Can you tell I'm craving Pies :) I really have to try to find one of these pie makers.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Dzy! That's funny you thought they were big pies! lol. I wish I could make a good pie crust but all I ever end up with is a big mess:) I have done it before but it wasn't nothin' special!

I love dump cakes! So easy and makes everyone happy!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Phyllis! I highly recommend them...I use mine all the time and it still looks brand new. I made 8 pies the other day and every time I do a batch it gets easier. There's never a crumb left over either:)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

They are handy! So easy to make a breakfast, lunch, dinner or desert in a pinch! I bet you'd make some killer pies!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

Thsi is certainly great, useful equipment that puts out a splendid baked product. Plus, it is not even very expensive on Amazon.com.

How many of us get tired of a pie before it is completely consumed, or want a little of several varieties of pie? I think this product is the answer and am glad you wrote about it!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much Patty! I used it again this year for Thanksgiving...in just a few hours I was able to kick out 16 great pies with four different flavors...everyone got their favorite! I use it a lot and it's still has no scratches on the surface and makes 4 pies in 13 minutes! For 15 bucks...I got my moneys worth.

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