Rad Or Bad: The Individual Pie-Making Machine

For anyone that ever wanted to make a pie but doesn’t want to share with others (or spend several days feasting on pie leftovers), there might be an answer — the Breville Pie Maker.

Just slap in the crusts and filling for up to four individual pies and, at least according to the company, 8 minutes later you have delicious pie.

The pie maker, which can be considered a not-pink sibling to the Babycakes cupcake machine, is getting decent reviews on the Williams-Sonoma site, though at least two reviewers have complained about the flaky quality — or lack thereof — of the resulting crust.

Anyway, we want to know from you whether or not this is a rad idea or a bad idea? And does the $75 price tag factor into your thinking on that matter?


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  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    I dunno… there have been times where I’ve had a jonesin’ for pie, but never the energy to make an actual, proper one.

    This might be the answer to my prayers. If it works as advertised. :P

    • Crass says:

      They sell little individually wrapped frozen “Apple Blossoms” at my local Fred Meyer that are really good. Only a 1.25 a piece, its like an individual piece of apple pie that only takes 20 minutes to bake. I am addicted.

    • 339point4 says:

      It’s not like you don’t have to actually make a pie when you own this though. You’re still making a pie – throwing together ingredients to make a crust and filling – it’s just that this single-purpose counter-hog allows you to make four smaller versions of the traditionally-sized pie. Surely someone somewhere sells tiny pie tins that result in small (probably tastier) pies for a lot less money and storage sacrifice.

      In short, it doesn’t save on the energy it takes to make a pie. It does, however, save you from annoyingly full savings accounts and piggy banks.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        yes, at grocery stores across america

        http://www.readycrust.com/product_detail.aspx?prodid=867

        • pdj79 says:

          That’s not what this does, though. That is a graham cracker crust good for tarts and mini fruit pies. What I want is an easy way to make homemade pot pies that require the top crust. A turkey pot pie on a graham cracker crust sounds like instant vomit maker to me. But I get what you’re driving at. I usually just buy the mini pie tins at the local grocery store and hand crimp and trim the excess crust….this would make my life a little easier….but not so much to justify the $80….call me when this ends up on a shelf at Goodwill for $5 or a door buster at Kohl’s Black Friday sale for $10.

          • huadpe says:

            You can usually find frozen pie dough at the grocery store. Or else you could use some phyllo dough or puff pastry.

      • babyruthless says:

        I’ve made tiny pie in cupcake tins.

      • Bohemian says:

        World Market for about $1.99 each for the tiny pie tins. That machine is an utter waste of space, materials and money.

    • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

      The pie is not a lie?

  2. Kate says:

    How would I know if I haven’t tried it?

  3. lemortede says:

    I would live on this thing

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      Me too. I love to bake and I already have some new ideas on what to make. With something like this I could experiment and it wouldn’t be a big loss if the idea didn’t work out. And being single, I don’t always like buying a full size pie and the cost of pies at my local grocery is moving upward to $10 ea.

      • Daverson says:

        I love making individual fruit pies and pot pies, but I wouldn’t bother with one of these. I have a bunch of little pyrex pie plates that I use.

      • nbs2 says:

        I am confused. Personal experience remembers that being single was not an issue as far as purchasing a full pie is concerned. In fact, I find the issue is that once you get married, you are expected to share said pie. And that, my friend (acquaintance? electronic correspondent?), is a travesty.

  4. Portlandia says:

    Lame…this is like the “home quesadilla machine” I saw at Macy’s. How many of these single purpose devices do you need lying around?

    • JoeDawson says:

      I think that is the problem right there. I have like 5 different machines, for different individual things, of which, i use none. Its better to have a properly set up kitchen with the right tools to do the job.

      • Firethorn says:

        It’s good if you really, really, like pie. I had a george foreman(gift) that I ended up taking to work to cook steak there. It was easier than trying to take the cookware.

        So these single use cookware sets are good if you use them a lot – you like steak out of a george foreman, you like these little single person pies, etc…

        My first thought was: Apple, cherry, and two pot pies. Nobody says they have to be the SAME pie, after all.

    • Larraque eats babies says:

      I have several single purpose devices.

      One brews coffee
      Another makes toast.

      I’m tempted to add a waffle maker because I love me some waffles.

      I don’t love pies enough to need a device solely for the creation of pies, but I can certainly understand someone who feels that way. As others mentioned, if this makes pot pies, it can be a great solution. A good pot pie is hard to find.

    • FangDoc says:

      Ugh, yes. As Alton Brown would say, Unitasker!

      • backwerds says:

        While I agree with the general principle of Alton; things like this aren’t really “unitaskers”. Take say, a waffle iron. If you purchase a waffle iron you can also make bacon on it, or you can make different types of waffles. Or you purchase a waffle iron that has removable plates that you also get a griddle or some sort of compressing metal object. Or you make panini sandwiches on it. A tool is only a unitasker if it prevents you from using it in any method you want to.

        With this, you can make pies, easily. But you can also fill those little pie cavities with assorted other goodies that you would want to have in a non-stick metal encased heat source…. say odd shaped cupcakes or muffins? maybe you use it to make quiches for 4 people in the house. Or you could try to make mini deep dish pizzas?

        Anyways, I’m off the original point; if you are purchasing items in a kitchen, look at your resources (Money, time spent doing the task, tasks the item can do, counter space, storage space) before purchasing. Quesilladillas are a easy to make on any panini press or griddle. Mini-pies are a pain in the ass.

    • CentralScrutinizer says:

      The Breville pie maker, the Babycakes, a quesadilla maker, the George Foreman grill, and a waffle iron all appear to be variations on the same theme–same basic design for the heating device, but different tins for the food. Why not make an all-purpose countertop hog with interchangeable nonstick tins so you can use the same appliance for many different small cooking jobs–little pies, cupcakes, quesadillas, grilled meat, waffles, etc., etc.,?

      • Bohemian says:

        Some of the more expensive pannini presses have this. They have the grill plate, flat plate and a waffle plate.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      I have the king of unitaskers, a “ChipShot”, which slices potatoes so you can make your own potato chips.

      I did that once. Really brings home the “uni” part of unitasker.

  5. msbask says:

    Wouldn’t this be good for making individual chicken pot pies and things like that?

  6. MaliBoo Radley says:

    This would be clever for special occasions. I can imagine it being good fun on Thanksgiving of Christmas.

  7. Preyfar says:

    Well! We all know what Sweeney Todd is getting for Christmas.

  8. Dragon Tiger says:

    Too pricey for me, but if it makes pot pies as well, it could pay for itself.

  9. jesirose says:

    I make single serving pies in canning jars, and put them in the fridge. When the BF wants a pie, he can pop one in for 20 minutes, and have a “slice” of pie!

  10. teh says:

    I love small pies (especially small pumpkin pies), but they already make individual sized pie plates. If I’m going to spend the time making a crust and filling, why wouldn’t I bake the pie properly in my oven? If I really want to be lazy, I’ll go to the baker.

  11. AllanG54 says:

    I’ve seen something like this for quite awhile but it’s usually somewhat cheaper. And where does one get the mini crusts to put in it.

    • OutPastPluto says:

      You throw flour, butter and lard into your food processor. That’s where you get the crusts.

      You can cut and re-roll the ready made stuff too.

  12. Clyde Barrow says:

    Well I think the English have been doing this for,,,mmm,,,like a 1000 years? A bit late.

    • MaliBoo Radley says:

      They’ve been using a breville mini pie maker for 1000 years?

      *eyeroll*

      We’ve got small pies in the US as well. The novelty here is the machine itself.

      • Clyde Barrow says:

        Well a 1000 years sounded good because it seems they’ve done pretty much everything for a very long time. At least longer than us.

        • MaliBoo Radley says:

          I’m as much of a fan as the English as the next person (heck, I married one), but I think you might be missing the point of the article.

  13. Supes says:

    Most single-purpose devices I have are for items that are far more difficult to make properly without the device (like coffee, ice cream). The only exception I can think of offhand is a rice-maker, but I use that at least once a week so it’s worthwhile.

    Somehow i don’t think this fits into either the “difficult to make otherwise” or “high frequency” categories that would warrant purchase.

    • chiieddy says:

      My rice maker does rice, porridge and beans. You can steam veggies in one too, but there are quicker ways to do that.

    • Doncosmic says:

      I wouldn’t even consider a rice maker an exception, properly steaming rice is a pain in the ass.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Rice cookers are definitely not unitaskers since the main point is to steam – so you can steam pretty much anything alongside the rice. Put in your rice and water, then put down a metal wire tray and a plate and you can steam vegetables, meat, fish, anything you want. As long as there’s enough heat to cook it to your liking, you can cook a whole meal in a rice cooker. Asian people have been doing this for years.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I would like to get one so I can do that, and also I hate cooking rice on the stove because it boils too fast and makes a mess. Stupid electric stove!

  14. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    The only thing I can think of to make the pie crusts a little crisper is to cook them first- “brown” them so to speak- for a few minutes. This is what I always do when I assemble my own pies at home.

    • jessjj347 says:

      Yep, I was wondering if that’s why people were complaining about the crust. Usually, you need to “blind-bake” the crust.

  15. koali says:

    I love to bake but only want to sample 1 piece/slice/serving. Usually I just bring the leftovers to the office and my coworkers never complain. I would definitely get this since I love pie if works well and maybe a lot less than $75.

  16. Daverson says:

    Sunbeam and Popiel have been selling these things for years for $19.95. I guess the extra fifty bucks is for the “Williams Sonoma” label.

  17. pinkbunnyslippers says:

    Um, DUH. Genius!

  18. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    I make my own pies at home. Oh, wait . . .

  19. dulcinea47 says:

    No unitaskers.

  20. Alvis says:

    Why are you giving some lame re-blogger the traffic?

    Daily What copied it from Oh Gizmo who copied it from Inventor Spot who copied it from CNet.

    OR just link to the original Williams Sonoma page?
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/breville-pie-maker-bpi640xl/

  21. Sunflower1970 says:

    Hm. Chicken Pot Pies would probably be able to be made in these.

    …that sounds kind of good right now…*stares at lunch bag, waiting to go to lunch…*

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      chicken pot pie minis:

      bisquick in a muffin tin. press it down into the cup, about 2/3 of the way up the sides. add a heaping spoonful of non raw filling. press a circle of bisquick down on the top.
      repeat until tray is full, bake at 350 until golden brown on top.
      i also like to add shredded cheese to the dough

      for a quick chicken pot pie filling that doesn’t need cooking in advance mix cream of chicken soup with some frozen veggies of your choice and a can or two of diced potatoes.

  22. GearheadGeek says:

    Unitaskers taking cash out of your savings and space out of your kitchen are BAD.

  23. ndonahue says:

    Save the $75 and make the same things on a sheet pan in your oven in the form of “hand pies” — think of a 6″ round disk of pie crust with some filling on one side then flipped in half like an omelet. Seal the edge with some egg and a fork, and make a slit on top for steam to escape.

    More crap to fill your cabinets that you’ll use way less than you think…

    • dangermike says:

      Or you can make turnovers. You don’t even have to spend half an hour making crust. Just buy a box of puff pastry dough. Thaw, cut, bake, cool, eat. A lot of the available canned fillings are pretty good, too. Best thing is, all you need is a little parchment paper or aluminum foil and you don’t have to clean anything but your utensils. It’s dead easy and for some reason people are impressed by it.

  24. chiieddy says:

    While it’s pretty awesome looking, it’s also another one-use appliance to have cluttering up your kitchen. You can buy small pie pans and do the same in your oven

  25. Augie says:

    For those of us who eat pie just for the crust…this sounds awesome.

  26. gafpromise says:

    That is so cute…but way too expensive. Especially considering a cheap way to make itty bitty pie crusts is to bake the dough on an inverted muffin pan.

  27. EdnasEdibles says:

    You don’t need fancy equipment, just make a tiny single-serving pie in a jar:

    http://www.squawkfox.com/2010/06/24/pie-in-a-jar/

  28. backinpgh says:

    Thank you for solving the problem of what to get my mother in law for Christmas. She loves these kind of gadgets. Rarely USES them, but loves them nonetheless.

  29. Jimmy60 says:

    Where I’m from we would call those, and other mini-pies, tarts.

    I’ve eaten many home made butter tarts that were larger than these “pies”.

    • Nighthawke says:

      .. Which is the proper term for what that mold makes…. Which ain’t half bad, but the price could come down a little bit.

      Making your own meat pies would be a hoot. It’s hard to come by anyone that knows how to make meat pies around here.

  30. UnicornMaster says:

    I think $45 is a lot more reasonable, but there’s a lot of versatility in pie making. Meat pies and pot pies being tops.

  31. Total Casual says:

    Pretty sweet idea, pies are more challenging than cupcakes.

    A truly brilliant invention: a home version of the Dunkin Donuts sausage/pancake spheroid device!

  32. rndmnmbr says:

    One more piece of kitchen junk that will be used twice at most before being stuffed in a cabinet and forgotten. Pass.

  33. TheGreySpectre says:

    most pies are really easy to make, especially pumpkin pie. This does not really make it easier as you still have to do all the step the same except in small portions, some of the steps you even have to do multiple times. I see no advantages to a small pie like that, as it is not set inside it’s own mini pie pan it will still just fall apart if you try to pack it for lunch on top of that you get less pie filling and more pie crust. Also if you either need to make your own pie dough and cut it up into little circles, cut and reroll existing prebought crust, or buy their specific crust.
    This sounds like it takes more work to make something that is just a novelty. Much easier just to make a normal pie.

  34. StutiCebriones says:

    Breville makes amazing stuff and Woot loves to carry it. When this shows up there, I’ll grab one, no questions asked.

  35. edicius is an acquired taste says:

    I love pie.

    This thing could be bad for my waistline.

  36. Chaluapman says:

    Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie

  37. Bodger says:

    Really overpriced considering that most everyone already has an oven of some sort. With an oven and some tiny pie pans you are ready to go. The pans can be had for as about $2.00 at Amazon (well, 4 for $8.37 anyway) From a price standpoint individual pans are clearly a win and given the lack of storage in many kitchens the single-purpose machine looks like a clear loser.

    Now you’ve got me thinking about pie and I hate you for it!

  38. Gravitational Eddy says:

    This is what my Sandwich maker does already, and I’ve used it for many many years.
    Ron Popeil gave it to me personally. I swear.

  39. VOIDMunashii says:

    It sounds awesome, but it is a uni-tasker and that price is a bit much for something that just makes little pies.

  40. El-Brucio says:

    How is this easier than putting the same ingredients in small pie tins in an oven or toaster oven?

    Small pie tins that can be fully immersed in soapy water to clean them, and can stack on top of each other so they don’t take up much space in storage?

    The actual work in making pies is mostly in mixing up the filling and dough, and this item isn’t going to help with that at all.

  41. mowz says:

    Fuck yeah! Meat pies!!! FTW!!!!!11111!!!!

  42. JulesNoctambule says:

    It’s all about leftover pie for me. Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee and slice of cold pumpkin pie for the traditional post-Thanksgiving breakfast. Besides, if I want tiny pies I’ll either use my small pie tins or make mini-pies in my muffin pans.

  43. veg-o-matic says:

    Well now we know what the next fun insert pan is going to be for the XPress Redi Set Go machine!

    Because this is as good as that machine.

  44. Noadi says:

    According to my quick amazon search you can buy a set of 4 mini pie pans for about $10 compared to $80 on Williams Sonoma for this gadget. My verdict: overpriced unitasker that won’t produce as nice a pie.

  45. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    Can I use it to make chocolate chicken pot peh?

  46. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I wouldn’t pay $75 for this machine, maybe more like $30 tops. But with all the commenters pointing out alternatives, now I don’t have to. :)

  47. Lindie says:

    I own one of these. We use it occasionally, and while it is good I often wish I had just bought some pie ramekans and saved myself the wasted space.

  48. jsfetzik says:

    While overpriced and a uni-tasker, I would say it is more rad then Bad. ;-)

  49. profmonster says:

    Not rad, not bad, but redundant. Why not just use ramekins and your already existing oven?

  50. jaklumen says:

    Another dedicated contact grill?

    That’s what it is, really, George Foreman’s line being probably the best known of them of late.

    I got a G5 a little while back– the one with the removable plates. I bought the plates intended for omelets as well, and my wife and I tried making hand pies/tarts/empanadas with them. We also had problems with crust consistency.

    It’s probably a matter of getting the right prepared crust dough (or using the right recipe) and heating it to the right temperature. Extra-big crescent rolls in the tube, maybe? Anyways, the only particular thing about this “pie maker” is the shape of the mold, but if it’s possible to make such things successfully, you might as well use another contact grill that makes something close enough and that you can use for other applications. (For example, we also have waffle plates for our G5, so it’s our waffle iron, too.)

  51. volock says:

    I’d like to say I only voted rad because I like to make chicken/turkey pot pies, etc for dinner and it’d be an easy way to make individualized ones or proper serving sized ones for freezing