Emeril Pie & Cake Maker Review

Audrey has been wanting an Easy Bake Oven since she saw it on TV. My mom went one better and got her the Emeril Pie & Cake Maker for her birthday. She’s only four years old and has to be supervised, so this has been a fun toy for the two of us to play with together!

So far we’ve made blueberry and cherry pies. I make my own crust and used canned pie filling. Audrey helps with measuring out the crust ingredients. She also likes to use the cutter for the crusts.

The pies cook in just 15 minutes which is great! We had Grandma and Grandpa over for dinner the other night. When the meal was finished everyone headed to the living room and I went to the kitchen and whipped up hot fresh individual pies in about 20 minutes!

The cooker is basically a like a waffle maker. It has two solid non-stick plates that heat up to cook the crust and heat the filling. You do need to use cooked filling – it can’t cook fresh apples to doneness in 15 minutes! It can be a little tricky to get the top crust done – there needs to be enough filling to make the top crust raise up a little so it touches the top plate. With a little practice this appliance can be a lot of fun. Our next cooking project will be pot pies or quiches – something savory.

Here’s a photo of some blueberry pies we made!

 mini pies Emeril pie & cake maker

Pretzel Turtles

Bite sized snacks of salty-sweet deliciousness!

These are so good.  No, I mean really, really good. And simple to make. I like to make them as gifts to hand out at Christmas.  Or anytime really.  I made a triple batch last weekend to take to the family cabin at the lake.

The recipe, if you can call it that, requires only three ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to make. Plan a little more time if you are making multiple batches, about 30 minutes total. Plus a few hours for cooling.

You will need:

  • A bag of Rollo candies. (A bag contains about 50 pieces)
  • Some mini pretzels
  • Roasted, salted almonds (or pecans, walnuts…whatever you like.)
Get to work!
  1.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (or parchment).
  2. Lay out the pretzels on the cookie sheet. Use only whole pretzels.

    Parchment or foil keeps the candies from sticking. Less clean up!

  3. Unwrap all the Rollos. This is the most time-consuming step. Try not to eat too many!
  4. Place one Rollo on each pretzel.
  5. Place in the oven on low (approx 250-300°F) for about 5 minutes. You will know they are ready when the chocolate becomes shiny and lighter in color.

    Chocolate is lighter and shiny.

  6. Remove from oven to a cooling rack and press one almond into the top of the Rollo.

    Press the nuts into the Rollos.

  7. Yep, that’s it. Let them cool.  It takes a few hours for the chocolate to harden back up.  If you’re really in a hurry place the sheet in the freezer for a few minutes.