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by Mr Moore
Like other reviewers I have found difficulties with the pastry when the machine is pre-heated. I also think, as others do, that the base mould is disproportionate in size to the upper mould. Could I suggest to the manufacturers that the machine could be improved by:- 1) Increasing the size of the base mould, and 2) Making the base moulds separate from the base plate. With regard to 2) above, this would enable the moulds to be removed without damage to the pastry. They could then be tipped over to extract the pies, washed in warm soapy water, cooled and loaded with fully made up pies ready for
Published 04 10 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry the pie maker hasn't been as expected. Thank you for your welcome suggestions. We'll pass these to our buyers to loo into further. We'll be in touch shortly to help.
Fantastic idea-works well.Thinner pastry gives better effect”
I love this machine got it today in Brighton. Am also surprised at the ugly colour as were other reviewers, I also would prefer a bigger unit to make GIANT ones, please Lakeland!! Just an observation though as first time using the gadget, I dont like the heating up in advance guidelines-rubbish, your fingers get burnt and also the precious pastry shrinks and yes, it DOES cause injury as you need to pick off the offcuts from the edge of the pie-guide-edges, could you supply a small silicone instrument to help lift away the pastry debris and put a grab/grooved section on moulds as slippery
Published 28 08 2013
A note from the team: We're pleased to hear that you love the electric pie maker - it's been very popular with Lakeland customers.I can appreciate the guidelines can sometimes be obvious or go against what you believe but we do recommend for best results to pre heat the machine. A silicone lifter would really help avoid fingers going close to the hot plates and grab marks on the moulds also sound like a good idea so I've passed your suggestions on to our buying team to consider.
Really pleased so far”
Only made 2 lots of pies so far but some tips. Make my own short crust for the base and use shop bought puff for lids. Freeze spare lids/bases between parchment paper for future batches. I do not turn on machine until pies are assembled. I fill bases until slightly proud of the lip to ensure top lids make good contact with top of machine and therefore brown and cook properly. I place a strip of parchment 1 cm wide by 16cm long under each base. Use the overhanging tabs to carefully lift pies when cooked. 12 mins cooking from cold. Perfect tops. Check after 10 mins elapsed. Out of room........
Published 15 07 2013
GOOD GADGET BUT MAYBE I AM DOING IT WRONG”
I purchased this pie maker as it sounded ideal and quick, however I followed the instructions and switched it on to warm up but when I put the pastry in it just shrivelled and went soft, also the pies are a lot smaller than I anticipated. I tried doing what a previous reviewer had suggested and started from cold which was better but then had to wait for it to cool before putting the pastry in for the next set of 4. Any suggestions.
Published 05 07 2013
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To hot to handle??”
I have found that it is really tricky to add pastry - both top and bottom, whilst the machine is this hot. Almost impossible to remove excess pastry because as soon as it touches the preheated machine, it melts and becomes very difficult to handle. Has anyone tried assembling the pies completely in the Pie maker and then turning the machine on, rather than pre-heating first? Will it be a disaster? I have never put pastry in a cold oven so maybe this isn't a good idea.
Published 20 05 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry you're having difficulties placing the pastry in to the hot plate. A couple of our reviewers have suggested placing the contents into the maker whilst cold then switching it on to bake. This does take a little longer but found it safer to use.
Great little pie maker”
Still experimenting with my new pie maker but successful so far. What would swing my rating to five stars is if there was a separate pie tray available to enable pies to be made in advance and frozen. Have tried this using a regular tart tray with some success but they are the wrong shape and therefore do not look as professional. I agree with Mr Buck that baking from cold is much better and I would add safer.
Published 13 05 2013
Read this before buying.”
by Mark Ross
The claim that this makes 'individual' pies needs clarifying. I am sure to most people an individual pie is what you would would buy from a chip shop. The Electric Pie Maker does make 'individual' pies except they are TINY! The top of the pie measures three and a half inches, the base is two inches and they do not hold more than two tablespoons of filling. Each pie would be sufficient for a five year old.
Published 19 03 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry the size of the individual pies aren't as expected. We'll be in touch shortly to help.
I read all the reviews before buying and bought this as a Christmas present for a friend who had been making cakes for a while and had decided to move onto pastries. Unfortunately, no instructions on how to make pastry you need to buy shop bought. In the Corned beef potato and onion pie, it mentions two types of pastry but in the instructions only one is mentioned. It doesn't mention how thick the pies need to be. Not too sure if my machine was faulty but the green light never came on - is that normal?
Published 06 03 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. The recipe for the Corned Beef and Potato pie should mention that it is the puff pastry that is used for the pie lids (as it does in the other recipes using both shortcrust and puff pastry). We're sorry for the disappointment and will be in touch shortly to help.
Thoroughly enjoying good old fashioned English pies thanks to this 'pie maker' Cooked to perfection.. No soggy bottom pastry and also very quick... Wish the machine had been white with the union jack on, but hey the taste is more important!!!
Published 12 02 2013
'More to it than pies' ”
This would be useful to those who can't bend to a low oven. It takes little room and stores upright. I have made pies/tarts etc. with different pastry and fillings, open and closed with great success. It saves the fiddle of cutting larger ones to freeze. I have made Bakewell tarts and custard cakes with sweet scone pastry. Also tried giant Profiteroles!! that were a novelty looking like pies and filled them with icecream. And have more ideas to try. So there's more to it than pies. Ideal size for kids and adults lunch boxes, also picnics. It's sturdily built and I would recommend it.
Published 08 02 2013
by Mr Buck
I was given the pie maker as a present. Never made pastry before, but soon mastered it. Turned on the pie maker as instructions. Placed the pastry in and disaster, the pastry started to melt and shrink. Then I looked at the video on your website. It recommends putting the pastry in, filling and topping, AND THEN turning it on. Perfect!
Published 07 02 2013
have just tried this for the first time...quite fun but i'm not sure whether its a good buy yet. i found the pies stuck to the lid when i opened it -has anyone else had this problem? maybe i was over cooking the pies... i only cooked them for 8-9 minutes but they seemed too brown.Also the instructions don't make it clear which instrument is used to tidy up the pastry before you close the lid to cook. i presumed it is the cutter for the pastry lid? and that was quite messy brushing oily pastry pieces off the edge.It would be nice to know how much filling each pie is meant to hold too.
Published 06 02 2013
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review. We're sorry the pie maker hasn't been as expected. We are pleased our customer service team have been of some help.
by Janet Marie
arrived today, made 4 pies with some left over mince from cottage pie. Unbelievable. Very sceptical when I bought it, no need to be. Does exactly what it says on the box. Excellent. Looking forward to trying many more varieties.
Published 01 02 2013
by Mrs White
I love this pie maker! It makes perfect little pies, the pastry cooks perfectly. So far I have made turkey, stuffing and gravy pies, mince beef and onion and quiche lorraine, all cooked perfectly and gobbled up in record time by the whole family! My new favourite kitchen gadget!
Published 31 01 2013
Nifty little Pie Maker !”
Made my first pies tonight and they were good for a first attempt. My son who's fussy had two! Used up left over homemade vegatable curry. Can't wait to use it again now I know what I'm doing. My husband said they looked good too.
Published 17 01 2013
Another great culinary Lakeland gadget”
Great results from my first attempt which was a chicken curry pie. I used ready made pastry so cheated a little. However we were most impressed. Did remove pies before the time stated as they were ready, may have been due to the pastry type. Looking forward to experimenting with other sweet and savoury delights. My only gripe is the machine colour. I assume it's to replicate the golden pie colour but in reality looks a bit putrid. Cleaning is ok but there are still crevices I have noticed between the handle area and machine which traps grease. Another great gadget however!
Published 11 10 2012
This review is for an older version of this product
Tricia ..must buy..”
I can only say buy one .. they are brilliant so easy to use .. and look so professional.. when you first use it spinkle some flour in the wells to stop them sticking Ive had no problems since..highly recommend ..
Published 10 10 2012
who ate all the pies.....?!”
......WE DID! excellent 'pie'-ce of kit. Perfectly bakes goodies super quick....a real Lakeland star.
Published 01 10 2012
A great addition to my kitchen”
by Anita Wilde
I have used this new machine twice & I marvel at how quickly the pies are ready to eat. 10 to 12 minutes is ample. I have been making the two types of pastry as suggested (Flaky for lid & Shortcrust for underneath.The pies are quite small so I tend to serve 2 per person.The machine is very easy to clean. I happily recommend this pie maker it's fantastic.
Published 25 09 2012
Great piece of kit”
by Mrs Mawle
I used this for the first time on Friday and it worked brilliantly - the pastry was cooked to perfection in about 10 minutes. However we did find that because the pies are quite small there was too much pastry to filling and wondered whether there are any plans to create a larger pie maker say for one full size pie? Would be very interested if one came onto the market.
Published 22 08 2012
A note from the team: Thank you for placing your review. We've passed your suggestion for a larger pie maker to our buying team to consider.