Whether you're an appliance maven who buys every new countertop gadget on the market or you just own the basic coffee maker and toaster, an electric pie maker can be a useful addition to your kitchen line-up. This small appliance can cook desserts and main dishes for up to four people at once, and won't heat up your kitchen in the middle of summer while doing it. From breakfast egg pies to dessert fruit treats, you can make a variety of pies for your family with a pie maker.
Preheat the pie maker for five minutes. Plug the unit into an outlet and turn the switch to the "On" position.
Thaw out one sheet of frozen pie crust. Unroll the crust onto the kitchen counter. Cut out circles of crust with the large pastry cutter included with your pie maker. Cut two slits in the outer edge of the pastry dough. Make each slit 1 inch long, and place them opposite each other on the dough.
Place one pastry circle into each depression in the bottom half of the pie maker. Overlap the two flaps that were created with each slit you cut into the edge of the crust. Push the crust down gently to fill the entire depression.
Spoon the pie filling into the pie crust. Use 1/3 cup of filling if you are using chunky ingredients, and 1/4 cup if the filling is smooth and saucy.
Cut circles of dough using the small dough cutter included with your pie maker. Place one small dough circle on top of each pie. Close the lid. Check the manufacturer's instructions to determine the exact baking time; however, for most machines the baking time is generally 6 to 8 minutes.
Lift the cover and remove the pies with a nylon spatula.
Do not use a metal spatula to remove your pies as it may damage the non-stick coating on the pie maker.