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
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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
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
A note from the team: Thanks for placing your review.We're sorry for the disappointment with the pies and we'll be in touch shortly.
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.