Cookbook Review and Give Away: Mini Pies

Monday, April 16, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
TINY HANDHELD TREATS, GIANT MOUTHWATERING FLAVORS
The flaky crust and delectable filling of traditional pie in the ultimate grab-and-go, fun-sized desserts—mini pies!

Do you love the taste of pie but prefer the cute size of a cupcake? Then toss the pie pan, grab your muffin tin and open this book. With delicious recipes, easy-to-follow instructions and stunning color photographs, Mini Pies provides everything you need to bake these adorable miniature desserts with professional results.
Featuring gourmet recipes for a range of fruit, custard, nut and savory delights, Mini Pies serves up hold in-your-hand, single-serving versions of all your favorites, as well as the authors’ all-new creations, including:

• Apple
• Cherry
• Strawberry
• Pumpkin
• Key Lime
• Lemon Meringue
• Chocolate Cream
• Bourbon Pecan
• Honey and Pine Nut
• Dilled Spinach Quiche
• Onion, Olive and Thyme Tart

Whether you are baking a single batch to have around the house for your family or making a collection of different mini pies to offer guests at your next party, this book is packed with tips, tricks and techniques for creating crowd-pleasing mini pies. The authors guide you step-by-step through making the perfect crust, plus graham cracker, vegan, shortbread and gluten-free variations.

My Thoughts
Mini Pies by Morgan Greenseth and Christy Beaver is an adorable little cookbook, full of recipes for delectable mini treats. The authors have brought pies to a whole new level. They've shrunk them down to the size of a cupcake, while preserving everything I love about pies: the flaky crust, the yummy fillings, the overall deliciousness and the spirit of holidays and celebration shared with family and friends.

The Mini Pies cookbook starts with a chapter about pie crusts. For me, the crust makes the pie. The authors teach you how to make the perfect pie crust, a graham cracker crust and a vegan one, a nutty crust and a gluten-free crust, and more. Then there's a chapter each on fruit pies, creamy custard pies, nut and savory pies, and of course toppings. The recipes are clearly explained and easy to follow. The mini pies are not too difficult to prepare but they look very impressive - like you took hours to make them. They are made in muffin tins so you don't need special mini pie pans if you already have a muffin pan. Beautiful mouth-watering photos accompany most recipes. I love the one-line descriptions listed as a subtitle for each pie, sort of a witty byline, and the Sweet Tips on the side.

Mini Pies: Adorable and Delicious Recipes for Your Favorite Treats was published a few months ago by Ulysses Press. You can find it at bookstores as well as online.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. / Canadian reader will win a copy of Mini Pies!

To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter instructions. 

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41 comments:

  1. Patty Woodland said...

    I am down with the peach pie and would love this book. thank you

  2. Carl said...

    Hey, Patty stole my answer! I bought the most delicious homemade peach pie at a roadside stand in British Columbia one time. We also bought some tarts that we ate in the car. They were SO good!

  3. Sand said...

    Chocolate cream pie!

  4. Sarah said...

    Ooh - that book sounds super cute! I'm a huge pie fan, but I'm always daunted by the prospect of making my own crust. It's really so much better, though! I love most of the fruit and fall-themed pies, but my absolute favorite is French Silk pie. I think I'd have it for my last meal, if I could pre-plan! :)

  5. holdenj said...

    What a great idea and great looking book!

    My favorite kind of pie is Lemon Meringue!

  6. Connie Bolick Lee said...

    Yum, mini pies!
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  7. Connie Bolick Lee said...

    Apple is my favorite
    lclee59@centurylink.net

  8. corey said...

    I like cherry pie best - coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

  9. Kika said...

    I love strawberry rhubarb. It's the best!

  10. Jessica said...

    peach is my fave

  11. April Lane said...

    Strawberry cream pie

  12. Lauren Begnaud said...

    Apple pie is my favorite

  13. Misty Smith said...

    My favorite pie is either peanut butter pie or a chocolate pecan pie. I can't decide.

  14. Debbie said...

    I love Banana Cream Pie! Great giveaway, thanks!

  15. Kristie said...

    I like Candy Bar Pie! Or Berry with a Lemon-Infused Crust. Yum! I do not like meringue (sp?). kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  16. Debra Lee said...

    Coconut Meringue is my favorite!

  17. missreneer said...

    My favorite is pumpkin pie. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  18. Kimberly said...

    Apple Pie
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  19. gibberish said...

    I have two favourites, raspberry pie and apple elderberry pie.
    rafflecopter name is Julie G.

  20. gail said...

    fave : apple
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  21. Maureen said...

    My favorite is apple crumb.

  22. Christine Jessamine said...

    i love apple pie!

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  23. JBlanton said...

    my favorite pie is blueberry

  24. shopannies said...

    blackberry or pumpkin depending on season

  25. Mandy Kauffman said...

    I love cherry pie. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    amanda_l_peters@hotmail.com

  26. gahome2mom said...

    Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites. Thanks gahome2mom/gmail/com

  27. A. Smith said...

    I love pumpkin pie the most. Thanks for the giveaway.
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

  28. RJ said...

    Caramel Apple Pie

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  29. Ellen C. said...

    My favorite hands down would be apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  30. NwHome steader said...

    chocolate creme :)

  31. Alicia said...

    pumpkin pie is my favorite

  32. Charity and John said...

    Apple pie.
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  33. Charity and John said...

    Apple pie.
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  34. bmkaplan said...

    Chocolate cream pie

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  35. Lana Bradstream said...

    I love pecan pie.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

  36. Yona Williams said...

    I LOVE peach pie, but pecan pie is a close second - its just the calories scare me away. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  37. Apple Pie said...

    It depends on what I'm craving, but I can never turn down pumpkin pie!

    roroapple at aol dot com

  38. Jeni said...

    Apple pie is mt fav

  39. Chelsie Fletcher said...

    What's your favorite pie? Apple pie ;)

  40. Tylerpants said...

    My fave is cherry pie! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  41. Chantelle J Shick said...

    Triple Berry Pie (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) from Wegmans...mmmmazing!

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