Wednesday, May 01, 2013

175 Best Mini Pie Recipes: Sweet to Savory by Julie Anne Hession - Review


About the Book:


Mini-pies are the new cupcakes!
Mini-pies are proving to be one of the most popular trends in baking today and are leading the way in the mini-dessert craze. Everyone loves these adorable, fun-size desserts and savory morsels that are perfect whether you’re on the go, hosting an elegant party or looking for after-school snack ideas. They’re the perfect example of the saying “Good things come in small packages”!
Whether you’re a novice or experienced baker, you’ll be absolutely enchanted with Julie’s recipes. She shares her expertise by providing tips and techniques for creating perfect mini-pies, suppling recipes for a wonderful array of crusts (including gluten-free and vegan options) and offering mini-pie recipes in a tantalizing array of flavors — everything from the sweet and sumptuous to the hearty and savory, including classics such as Lemon Meringue Tartlets, New England Lobster Pies and Classic Apple Pies.
Simply delicious recipes, luscious food photography, step-by-step technique photos and easy-to-follow instructions make this the definitive mini-pie cookbook.


About the Author:

Julie Anne Hession has combined her love of food with her love of words to become a successful chef, food writer, competitive cook and food blogger. Her sweet creations have been featured in People,O, The Oprah Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and Food Network magazine. She has picked up the challenging hobby of competitive cooking, taking top national prizes in multiple battles and winning more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, bragging rights and most importantly, the seal of approval from Iron Chef Bobby Flay.

My Opinion:

This is one fun cookbook. 
It is full of great recipes for little pies, both sweet and savory that are, as the title tells you, mini. It's a great way to serve pie for a crowd or just to have smaller servings available at home.  

The book is set up quite smartly; at the beginning you have the recipes for all the different doughs used for the various recipes. There are photo tutorials for the various techniques used for easy referral. The pictures are clear and free of clutter. Then a section on different toppings.

The recipes are quite varied and delightfully easy to follow. There are yummy, unexpected twists too; in the strawberry hand pies basil is added for a taste that one would not ordinarily find in a strawberry pie, but the herb works so very well with the sweet/tart fruit.

There are mini pot pies, hand pies, mini galettes and more so there is a wide variety of choices for your entry into the world of mini pies. The recipes state if they are GF Friendly which means they can be easily made gluten free or are vegan so that anyone looking through can find these treats to suit dietary needs.

There are many I'm looking forward to trying. If I had one complaint with the book it would be that I'd want to see more photos. I'm always one for lots of pictures in a cookbook but I know they are expensive to include.

I made some mini calzones and you can see how good they look


They were yummy!

Rating:
4

You can purchase 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes on Amazon.com

Disclosure:  I was sent a free copy of 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes by the publisher for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this post.

7 comments:

  1. Now this is my type of book! I love mini pies and pastries. This would keep me happy in the kitchen for quite a while.

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  2. My brother LOVES to make pies. I will let him know about this book.

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  3. You had me at 'mini' This book looks right up my alley!

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  4. YUM YUM YUM> I am a recipe book junkie so I'd love that.

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  5. Looks like a cool cookbook. I would love to try making some of these.

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