The surprising ways you can use your pie maker - it’s not just for cooking pies

You may think the Kmart pie maker is just for making all sorts of wonderful pastry creations - but it can do much more.

The Kmart pie maker has enjoyed a bit of cult following of late. At just $29 it's an inexpesive way to make mini pies filled with all kinds of delicious fillings, but there are also many other things you can make without pastry, too.

Here are some of our favourite non-pie ways to use the pie maker:

Perfect poached eggs

The easiest hack we've come across is making poached eggs in the pie maker.

Simply fill the bottom cups with ham, before cracking an egg onto the top. Turn on the pie maker and close the lid. After about 4 minutes, check on the eggs and monitor closely until the yolk is cooked to your liking.

So easy, and delicious for a quick breakfast when you're on the go!

Hash Browns

Continuing with the breakfast theme is a hash brown. No premade ones in the freezer? No worries.

Grate a potato onto a clean tea towel before squeezing out as much of the water as you can. You can use a paper towel, but might go through a few as you draw out the moisture.

Mix the potato with seasoning. You can be as creative as you like, incorporating onion, garlic power, or cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon into moulds and cook for 5 minutes. Open the lid and flip over, cooking for a further 5 minutes and remove when golden brown and set. Makes 4.

Mini cob loaves

Love a cob loaf dip but don't want the hassle of making a big, family-sized portion? Try this cheat's version in the pie maker.

Hollow out the tops of 6 mini burger buns with a knife. 

In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup cream cheese, 1/4 cup of thickened cream, 1/4 mayonnaise (I used Coles Pickle'naise as it contains dill), 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of french onion soup mix and 2 tablespoons of chives. Mix well.

Spoon into the hollowed-out bread rolls and squeeze into the pie maker. Turn on and put the lid down, cooking for around 5 to 7 minutes. Check on them each minute after and remove when they're cripsed to your favourite consistency. Makes 6.

Doughnuts

Admittedly, I cheated on this and bought a packet mix for ease... but you can make your own doughnuts using this recipe here.

Spoon the mixture into the pie maker moulds, befoe adding a dollop of jam or nutella. Then, fill the moulds with more mixture, covering the 'filling'.

Cook for around 7 to 9 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

Melt 100g of butter in a small bowl, and fill another bowl with cinnamon sugar. Before doughnuts are completely cold, coat in butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Makes 6.

Brownies

Perfect for a dessert in a pinch, brownies in the pie maker are fast and cook to perfection!

You'll need this recipe to make the mix, or feel free to use a packet mix. Spoon into moulds and cook for around 7 to 9 minutes.

When they're firm enough for your liking, simply turn the pie maker off and remove to a wire rack to cool. Makes 10.

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