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We tested a selection of pie makers, here's what we found...
Things we considered
Mini pie maker, Giles & Posner
This mini-sized pie maker required preheating before pressing in the pastry, which meant in order to avoid burnt fingers, the pies didn’t look as neat as we hoped and would take some practice. The pies did take longer to cook than the stated time and the pastry wasn’t very golden, but tasted nice. It was very easy to slide the pies out but required cleaning once cool, with a damp cloth, as the plates couldn’t be removed.
Gourmet Gadgetry Retro double pie maker, IWOOT
We tested out this pie maker using one of the recipes supplied with it – stuffed with tasty apple and cinnamon. The pastry and filling were quick to work up and cooked evenly when pressed into the pie maker. It took around seven minutes to bake our pies and they popped out of the machine without any trouble when ready. The non-stick coating also made clean up quick and simple.
Deep pie maker, Judge
This took slightly longer than suggested to cook and the pastry wasn’t as brown as in the oven. While the pies didn’t stick to the sides of the case, it was quite difficult to get them out as they were so deep and needed prising out which damaged the crust, but the pies were tasty. It didn’t have removable plates, but it wiped clean easily, while some of the juice needed some elbow grease.
KitchenOriginals by Kalorik family pie maker, Argos
This made a shallow pie that cooked evenly with a golden finish. Once the edges were loosened the pie lifted out easily. The pressure from the clamp and ridged edging for the pastry sealed the pie as it cooked. The pies lifted out easily from the non-stick plates which left almost nothing behind. We loved the cutter which cut a perfectly sized base and lid.
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