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by paula richardson
perfect for kids, the elderly & those living alone. supermarkets, with their bulk offers ignore all of the above. now perfectly good tasty leftovers can be turned into delicious pies & frozen for later. no more food waste, and a breeze to use. love it : )
Published 09 02 2015
This makes lovely pies very quickly, I just wish they were slightly deeper and removeable to make it easier for cleaning.
Published 04 02 2015
by Barbara Whitehead
I bought this for myself also one each for my children for Christmas presents I have to say preheating is not needed my first half a dozen goes where great but now the lids stick and I can't get the pies out it seems I am not the only one who has this problem, I have tried greasing and preheating with burnt fingers but nothing stops them from sticking now we all love the idea and for me and hubby it is more economical than switching oven on because I make 4 and freeze 2 for later, I agree removable parts would help
Published 22 01 2015
Useful hints for Pie Maker”
My first attempts did not go well. i now use a size smaller cutter ( i find metal cutters the best) for both top and bottom and get a pie that does not spread to the others. I make the filling and use half for the pie, which does not take much filling and then use the other half to add to my plate, making the proportion of pastry to filling much better. The machine would benefit from a timer and plastic spatula. I do find starting from cold much the best way, thanks to others for the suggestion, i hated putting in the pastry into a hot plate, really worried me that I would burn myself.
Published 19 01 2015
Nice idea but....?”
by B M
This was a Xmas gift (suspicion a re-gifted item). Pies are very small - about the size of a large mince pie - and cannot contain a great deal of filling. To make 8 pies for 4 adults meant a lot of faffing about and using the oven to keep the first batch warm. Much better overall to make one large pie. But they looked OK and came out without sticking. Maybe useful for pies for picnics etc. But questionable if such use is worth the storage space I have available in my kitchen. Bit of a gimmick.
Published 09 01 2015
Certainly saves the hassle of lighting the oven! I have made chicken and mushroom and beef in red wine pies so far. I used cake release on the tins the first time I used them and no problem getting the pies out. I would recommend using from cold though as it does get very hot. I think about 17 minutes cooks a pie from cold. I haven't tried reheating pies in it yet but I think that would work too
Published 02 12 2014
by Mr Mcneill
I bought this product thinking it was a gimmick and I may not use it much, how surprised I was to its effectiveness! Its so quick to make the pies and thoroughly delicious. Very easy to pop them out of the molds after cooking and easy to wipe clean.
Published 20 11 2014
stuck pies leaves me disappointed”
by Mrs Richardson
Ive tried three separate times with different types of shop bought pastry and every time when the pies were cooked and I lifted the lid the pies were stuck to the top and almost impossible to get off without destroying the pies. I tried with a silicon spatula (as suggested) - it was too flimsy to get the pie down. I tried buttering pie maker - no improvement. Ended up ripping the pies in half and leaving the stuck pie lids in place. Unfortunately the premium non stick coating has been anything but. I'll be returning the pie maker unfortunately. Loved the idea of the pie maker though.
Published 12 11 2014
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pie maker sticks”
I love the pie maker .the pies tasted great but they stuck and I could not get them out . I cooked the steak & kidney in the oven and it was beautiful .. I followed the instructions and it did not say anything about greasing the Tins .the pies cooked beautifully until the time came to take them out ...they were stuck fast ..they don't provide a spatula but I tried with a,plastic one that I had . No luck so I had to gently try with a palette knife . The pastry was everywhere and unfortunately I scratched the coating . I am going to return it but hopefully get a replacement and try again
Published 28 08 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry that the bases of the pies are sticking and will be in touch shortly.
Superb Item First time I used it I was all fingers N thumbs”
First time I used it I ended up putting the tops in the bases of a couple of pies. I used shop pastry & tinned pie filling just to see how it worked. I was really pleased with how they cooked. Used it again today using home made pastry & cooked greengages. Wonderful. A couple of tips, heat it up but switch off just while you put in the bases filling & tops. Dab a bit of water around the base edge to ensure tops seal. I brushed the tops with water instead of beaten egg (in a rush) & a sprinkle of sugar. Easy to check cooked or not, lift lid, check, close lid. 8, 10 or 12 mins
Published 11 08 2014
The pie maker is brilliant”
The pie maker, is brilliant, cooks well in the 10 minute time slot, I have made mince pies for the freezer, tarts also for the freezer, and what is more, I will be able to make many more pies and tarts for the church taste and see lunches once a month. The pastries brown up very very well. Just how we like them. The stars that i will rate this is 10 out of 10. First rate product. I can clean it when still cooling down, and when completely cold, just store it away. Very many thank you's.
Published 17 07 2014
Fantastic pies and fantastic service”
This has been a great buy. We have had it for some time now and the kids go round saying "I love pies"! I tend to make fillings in bulk and then freeze in "4 pie quantities" which are then great for a really quick tea. Then disaster struck, we've just moved house and the pastry cutters disappeared and I couldn't find any cutter in the house big enough for the base. However a quick phone call to Lakeland and a replacement was sent out straight away, free of charge. A reminder of why I love shopping with Lakeland. The customer service is second to none. Thank you Lakeland.
Published 01 04 2014
This review is for an older version of this product
I really liked the idea of the pie maker. I look after my grandchildren after school and I thought it would be really useful to be able to make small fresh pies for them. The pie maker is certainly quick and easy to use, but because the amount of filling you can put in is so small, the pies end up with more pastry than filling. Additionally, it works out quite expensive and a bit wasteful using different pastry on the top and bottom. The concept is great, but for me it just did not work.
Published 03 03 2014
A note from the team: Thank you for placing your review. We're sorry to hear you've been disappointed with this product and will be in touch soon.
The Best Thing since Sliced Bread”
by Mrs FORD
The machine is superb, and makes the perfect pies, my husband(whom we call pie man) is delighted. A couple of tips, followed the video rather than the written instructions. ie, prepare the pies with the machine switched off, and add 5 mins to cooking time. By doing this we found the pie maker a lot safer to use, and the results were great.
Published 26 02 2014
by Mrs Stokes-Jarvis
The machine makes excellent pies in a very short time. The only disappointment is the fact that the cutter is too small. The size that should be the base is the right size for the lid and we have had to use a bowl to cut out the base. If the cutter was bigger, it would be perfect!
Published 17 02 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review and speaking with us today. We're sorry your having difficulties with the cutter. We will be back in touch shortly to help further.
by Mrs Winters
i am very happy with my pie maker , as a couple with no kids i don't always feel like making 1 huge pie , but with this i can just do 2 or 4 if really hungry and so far they've all turned out perfect , i would highly recommend this , especially at christmas time if your doing mince pies , it was my life saver !! lol x
Published 03 02 2014
by Mrs James
Please tell me,what am I doing wrong. Bought the pie maker just before Xmas,have just had my second go and followed the instructions to the letter,but the base of the pie just isn't cooking.top looks great,but base of pastry is not cooked at all,ended up putting pies upside down in the oven for about 10 mins, they are edible and look good, but please tell me why the base isn't cooking.
Published 07 01 2014
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. A colleague who uses the machine thinks the problem may be too thick base pastry, but take care not to make it too thin. Also another customer offers these two tips to help:while it's heating up make sure your filling is close to hand and all your pastry discs cut out. Then quickly lay all 4 larger ones over the holes, then push them all down. Fill, top and close . For making your own pastry - 400g flour and 200g fat (half butter half Trex works very well) plus whatever liquid you use to bind it will make 12 pies. Dice fat, mix with flour and freeze for 10 mins before blending them. We'll be in touch shortly to help.
ouch what a waste. I bought this as a gift for someone.”
by Mrs Ashby
It arrived too late. I wish I had sent it back. I have tried it 4 times the second time it was hot and the pies were really misshaped. Everytime the outer edges of the crust has been burnt. I have yet to get the centre of the pie crust to be even pale brown themore I try the worse the outer egde burns. I did put them in the microwave on grill and they brown up enough to eat and I must admit that the meat pies were edible but the fruit are awful (note use fresh fruit next time). I am still trying to figure out how to stop the edges from burning or to get the middle to brown. Tried filling more
Published 11 12 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry that the tops of the pies are burning, but the centres of the crust are not browned. It may help if you reduce the cooking time but fill the bases until slightly proud of the lip to ensure the crusts make good contact with top of machine and therefore brown and cook properly.We'll be in touch shortly to help.
A bit like the curate's egg....”
I read several reviews before purchasing the pie maker and have used mine once - am trying again today. I agree that the size is a little disappointing with quite a lot of pastry to filling and this time I'm going to try cooking the pies from cold. My biggest disappointment though is that the instructions say not to use sweet shortcrust pastry - I like to use some form of enriched pastry for sweet recipes. Has anyone tried that please? I too would have liked a slightly bigger pie - I considered exchanging for the mini pie make but guess that would be too small.
Published 05 12 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review.The instructions say that sweet shortcrust pastry should not be used for the base. You can have sweet contents and a sweet shortcrust lid of the pie.We hope that helps.
Makes perfect little pies!”
Brilliant little machine - perfect pies every time, which are sealed and don't stick or fall apart. 2 + sides make a good meal. Couple of tips I've found make it even better - while it's heating up make sure your filling is close to hand and all your pastry discs cut out. Then quickly lay all 4 larger ones over the holes, then push them all down. Fill, top and close . For making your own pastry - 400g flour and 200g fat (half butter half Trex works very well) plus whatever liquid you use to bind it will make 12 pies. Dice fat, mix with flour and freeze for 10 mins before blending them
Published 31 10 2013