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The Magic of Mini Pies: Sweet and Savory Miniature Pies and Tarts [Paperback]

Abigail Gehring
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Book Description

7 Mar 2013
Miniature pies are everything good about baking-fun to make, delicious to eat, quick to prepare, beautiful to serve, and easily customizable! With a miniature pie maker or small pie plates, you can make each guest''s favorite kind of pie in just the right proportions in no time. Perfect for parties, bed-and-breakfast hosts, or anyone who has a hankering for pie but doesn''t want to spend hours in the kitchen, it''s no wonder that mini pies and tarts are all the rage. From savory treats like Steak and Guinness Pies and Spinach Mushroom Quiches to sweet favorites like Pecan Cranberry Pies and Chocolate Raspberry Tarts, this book has something for every pie lover. There are more than 50 recipes included.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620873982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620873984
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,167,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irresistibly perfect pies that are just the right size!

About the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She's practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.

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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it 10 Jan 2014
By Avdg
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I really liked the idea of this book, but the pies are not inspiring at all. I have owned it for a while now, but haven't made a thing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting with some oddities--welcome savory recipes 15 May 2013
By H. Roth - Published on
Mini Pies are so trendy right now, it was hard for me to imagine another book in this category offered much of interest. Fortunately, the savory recipes immediately followed the crust offerings. One odd aspect is the book is designed for one of the kitschy little machines you plug in to bake your pies. I even begrudge the room my waffle iron takes up in the kitchen--the interchangeable plates model was an unmitigated disaster--so I definitely don't have that gadget in my house. Not to worry! The recipes I tested worked just fine in the oven. Sometimes traditional, standard is a good thing.

The variety of pie crust recipes was fun to play with. The book actually reminded of one of my favorites a couple years ago where you could pick your crust and combine it with the filling recipe of your choice. While "Mine Pies" isn't designed that way, nearly any literate cook could make new combinations.

Even with my constant hunt for good savory pies, I was surprised that all of the testers liked a fruit pie the most. From the Blackberry Malbec to the Chocolate Cherry, we tried a variety. I took advantage of one of the joys of smaller treats: you can taste a bigger variety. The winner however, was Ginger Pear recipe.

Two testers who typically dislike ginger, enjoyed this pie. The tastes were balanced and accessible for everyone. The ginger adding a little warm while matching well with the earthiness. Of course, if you find a recipe in this book you like, there's nothing that says you have to stick with minis! Some of my favorite mini pie recipes are so yummy, at my house we bake them in full-sized crusts.

Regardless, this book is a good addition to the trendy, mini-pie realm. Many of the flavors were enjoyable and the lovely illustrations inspire you to try your own hand at making new pies.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive recipes for a wide range of mini pies 16 Mar 2013
By WJT - Published on
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This book was a great find. We have an electric mini pie maker as well as mini pie and mini tart pans for baking in a conventional oven that will now see more use. Abigail has certainly put together a wide range of meat, vegetable, and fruit pies that can be used for both dinner and desserts. I was especially impressed with the "Eggplant Parmesan Tarts" and "Spinach Mushroom Quiches" recipes. Great job! I will probably be looking into purchasing more of her books that are hopefully as good as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Mini Pies by Abigail R. Gehring 27 Jan 2013
By K. J. Kalin - Published on
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I choose my pie books carefully as I am on a very restricted diet and if a book contains a lot of recipes with ingredients that I can't have, and can't substitute for, then I don't get it. I'm enjoying this pie book. She has clear, instructions (with illustrations)
for making pie crust and baking pies in either an electric mini-pie maker, muffin tins, or small pie tins. She has basic recipes for the usual, such as apple pies, but also has some different ones: Pineapple Pie, Apple Cream Cheese Crumble, Blackberry Malbec, Quince, Maple Cream, Banana Dulce de Leche, Shepherd's Pie, Slow Cooker Steak and Guinness, Black Bean and Plantain Empanadas, Cracked Egg Pie, Spicy Chicken and Cheese Empanadas, and a lovely-sounding Eggplant Parmesan Tart which I can't try since I can't have eggplant. It is well-written, and her directions are thorough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, very imaginative recipes 31 Jan 2013
By M. Cosgrove - Published on
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I bought an electric mini-pie maker and then this ebook for the recipes. The crust recipes are excellent and varied, including a gluten-free crust, and the pie fillings are VERY imaginative. Banana Dulce de Leche is the current favorite as I am working my way through the "sweet" options.

If you are a beginning cook, you will find this very easy. If you're a long-time pie maker you will probably want this at least as an ebook, if not a print book, because the mix of flavors and ingredients will give you lots of ideas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy any other book 7 Feb 2013
By Terri R. Schroder - Published on
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This little book has the best recipes and hints EVER. It goes perfectly with the electric pie bakers and also has the instructions for the same scrumptious pies to bake in the oven. There are recipes that cover just about everything delicious. I recently purchased 3 other books, this is the best by far.
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