I bought this pumpkin pocket pie mold out of season last year, from Williams and Sonoma, and I’ve been
impatiently waiting for the appropriate season to use it. I don’t normally buy seasonal looking stuff for that reason (i.e., I have no Christmas decorations and would be too lazy to put them up anyway). Amaya was excited to use it as a cookie cutter. And that’s basically what it is, except it aids in making the pocket and presses it together. Very simple and it worked well.
I actually read that hand pies are going to be the new cupcakes, so if you make these, you are ahead of the trend (better go get your food truck now).
My mom made some really good grape purse appetizer thingys (that’s the technical name, people) while I was home in Oregon, so that was my first thought when I decided to make some little hand pies. Recipes at the bottom of the post.
Puff pastry crust, filling of grape, feta, basil, and a drizzle of balsalmic vinegar. The salty sweet acid combo was wondrous here. I’m thinking, holiday party or just a nice lunch. Feta’s thick saltiness plays on the grape texture in every bite. Basil solidified it as a savory pie and gave it a warm aftertaste.
Puff pastry crust, filling of squash, cheese, chicken and veggies. I’ve been making pot pies with squash ever since Damaris showed me this trick last year. The sweet squash binds together the dish. Cream and cheese make it saucy but not runny.
Puff pastry crust, chocolate and butterscotch chip filling. That’s it. Crisp, sweet, and warm out of the oven. The vents in the crust brought the smell to my nose. I think I ate dessert first, and luckily my daughter can’t read yet.
Puff pastry rocks. It was the perfect thickness for cutting these molds and they baked up nicely. I rerolled the scraps and those crusts were a bit thicker but still good.
I was happy about my pocket pie mold until I saw the Breville Pie Maker in some Williams and Sonoma ads and in a newspaper article.
Oh, I am coveting this pie maker. They make the cutest pies on earth. (images courtesy W&S)
Here’s the deal with this contraption:
- non stick
- 8 minutes
- 4 molded perfect pies
Yes. I want one. I would go out and buy one this second if I could. But guess what. My kitchen is itty bitty and my hub will kill me if I get one more thing to put in my cupboard (we just bought a huge waffle iron), so one of you, my loyal wonderful readers, will get one instead.
Merry Christmas to you.
(and Thank you, thank you, W&S. You are Santa Claus for foodies everywhere.)
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me what kind of pie you would make with this Breville Pie Maker.
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Giveaway is open until December 15th, 12pm. Make sure you have an e-mail address attached to your comment (either on your profile or you can email it to me) or I will draw someone else.
If, by chance, you love W&S as much as me, you’ll be excited to know that W&S on-line has a deal right now to become part of their Reserve program for $30, and you’ll get free shipping on all standard items for a whole year. For Hawaii residents like me, that’s a big deal.
Other items I love from W&S
- zoku quick pop maker
- microplane rasp grater
- apple pocket pie mold
- all clad fry pan
- message in a cookie cutter
Hope you’ve finished your Christmas shopping (unlike me).
Good luck and happy weekend!