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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Review- Cutie Pies

Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory and Adorable Recipes is a collection of miniature pie recipes and techniques written by Dani Cone who owns Seattle's High 5 Pie, which specializes in classic and new pie recipes in various shapes and sizes.

It starts with an introduction to the author and her love for pie, then explains how to use the book. The chapters are separated by pie shape, however, each recipe also lists options for shapes and how many pies it will make in those shapes. So if you don't find the exact pie you want in the shape you want, you can look at the other shapes and see if one will suit. Full color photos of the pies in a hard cover volume.

There are 4 crust recipes, with instructions for rolling out and making crusts and tips for a perfect pie crust, and a recipe for a crumb topping at the beginning of the book.

Then we get to the good part!

The shapes are cutie pies, baked in muffin tins; petit-5s, baked in mini muffin tins; pie jars, made in little mason type jars; flipsides which are handheld pies; pie pops, adorable tiny button pies on sticks; and full sized pies.

The recipes include a few classic favorites that are true to your memories of the pies your grandma use to bake if she baked pies. Coconut Cream, Key Lime, Sweet Potato Pie, but also other sweet pies like the classic strawberry rhubarb updated with a kick of ginger or mango-raspberry-lemon pie.

Where the book shines for me isn't in the sweet pies. While sweet pies are my daughter's favorite, I love the wonderful little savory pies which make wonderful finger foods for dinner parties or made in a slightly larger style like the pie jars or flipsides make a wonderful lunch or breakfast option.

Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill; Three Cheese and Onion; Ham, Gruyere and Onion are just a few of the savory options available.

Favorite sweet pie- Peach-Ricotta and Honey
Favorite Savory- Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella for it's colors and fresh flavor.

These little pies are fantastic for entertaining, and the recipes cover a broad range of tastes.
The recipes are well written and I like the fact that the pie size/type options are listed in each recipe. The ingredients are listed in U.S. volume terminology, but there is a conversion chart at the end of the cookbook if you cook by metric.

You can get Cutie Pies from the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, My reviews are always my personal and honest opinion. You can read more about my review policy here.

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