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Mini Pies: Adorable and Delicious Recipes for Your Favorite Treats

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Great book!

    I found this book very helpful, easy to read and full of great ideas for above average mini pies. Definitely worth the read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Great Gift: Small Pies and BIG Flavor

    Do you or someone you know love to bake? Maybe you're always wondering which new cookbooks are worth the money or make a good gift. When it comes to finding new and interesting recipes for baked goods many home cooks search with little real results. For cookbook collectors the expectation of getting a truly new recipe is somewhere between 1:20 and sometimes as little as 1:50.

    You can turn to "Mini Pies" with confidence; the size and number of recipes prove to have been carefully culled to make it a powerful collection.

    The book includes a number of crust recipes ranging from traditional to vegan. Crust is often the trickiest part of putting together a successful pie. Ms. Beaver and Greenseth give you options that work, work well, and are well suited to the mini-dessert craze all around us. You may find that one of these will replace your go-to recipe for pie crust of any size.

    You'll also find unexpected combinations. Based on the test pies, you'll love the new ideas. Well, we certainly did. I tried seven different recipes-all of them got great reviews. Pear is often underused in pies but "Mini Pies" includes this fruit by contrasting it with interesting combinations such as cranberry or blackberry. Both are less-traditional pairings that improve each fruit in the process. The Ginger Peach was also a winner.

    I did not make any of the recommended decorative topping pieces, the little, leftover bits of crust would work perfectly. Our family tradition is to butter them, add some cinnamon sugar and eat them hot out of the oven.

    One section of this book really stands out: Nut & Savory Pies. Nut pie recipes easily go wrong and end up cloying, overwhelming, or just plain annoying. Anyone who's treasured that finally-found perfect Pecan Pie Recipe knows this to be true. Savory Pie recipes (beyond quiches) appropriate for a cook's standard repertoire are rare. Sometimes it seems we haven't yet come far enough from badly-done steak and kidney pie.

    The savory pies in this section are so good one of them is already on my next party menu. Although the Savory Sweet Potato pie nearly clenched its place on the menu, The Caramelized Onion, Olive and Thyme Tart will definitely be one of the stars for this gathering of family and guests. The the Honey and Pine Nut Tarts have a more delicate flavor than a southern-style pecan pie.

    A cookbook of 25 recipes rarely contains so many winners. I'm pleased to say that I highly recommend this little gem with all confidence and greatly-satisfied taste buds.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Perfect little pies!

    Mini desserts are really popular right now and this book in right in line with the times. The authors realized during a girl's night out that there was a distinct shortage of homemade baked goods places, specifically pies, in the Pacific Northwest. They vowed to remedy that problem and launched the very successful Mini Empire Bakery.

    I appreciated how the authors have done all the trial and error for us with notoriously difficult pies. They offer helpful "Sweet Tips" throughout that allow us to learn from their experience and enable us to produce excellent results on our own. There are directions for several of their popular crusts, from the Perfect Pie Crust to a savory Cheddar Cheese Crust. I love how they always use the leftover pie dough to make tiny cut outs as a cute way to top the mini pies.

    Mini Pies can be made in essentially all the same varieties as the standard pie: fruit, cream, nut and savory. Some of the delicious flavors in Mini Pies are Apple Chai, Mango Cream and Rocky Road. Yum!! The savory mini pies, like the Dilled Spinach Cup-Quiche or the Savory Apple Chile, would be ideal for a brunch.

    Mini Pies finishes with some ideas for flavored whipped creams to top your little desserts. Given the simple and clear instructions and tons of yummy delights in Mini Pies, even my kids can't wait to make some of the recipes themselves!

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