A few weeks ago I was saving some vintage LP's from going into a landfill (actually, I think you may call it trash picking) when the owner of the house comes out and says, 'Hey, do you want more stuff? I've got this pie maker that is brand new in its box and I'll give it to you." What's a cook to say but "of course!" 

This seemed like one of the dumbest gadgets I have ever heard of - a pie maker! Well, I couldn't resist trying it, dumb or not, and I was in love! The pies it makes are a amazing! The crust is the crispest I have ever tasted and the filling turns out perfect every time. It makes 4 mini pies, which seems to be about equal to 1/2 of a 9-inch pie, and they just take about 7 minutes to bake. I have made savory tempeh pies, pumpkin, apple and berry.

 Last night I made pies out of a mixture of the mulberries and blackberries from my garden and OMG they were so good! 
It is easy too, especially if you know how to easily make a pie crust, which I will talk about at another time. For now, you can use a purchased crust.

Berry Mini Pies for Pie Maker

1 single pie crust recipe (I made mine with freshly ground spelt flour and coconut oil)
2 cups berries
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Roll out pie dough and cut it using the template that comes with the pie maker. Place them in the pie maker.
2. Mix together the berries, arrowroot and maple syrup. Use this mixture to fill the mini-pies. Place a couple of strips of dough on top.
3. Plug in the pie makerlose the pie maker and let it cook until the crust is golden, about 7-8 minutes.

Just in case you can't resist silly kitchen gadgets, you can click here to order one from Amazon!


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