Saturday, 22 March 2014

Pinchy Pies!

Pinchy Pies

The versatile snack food!

I've been making these for awhile now and thought it was time to share the deliciousness that is...the 'pinchy pie'! I got this idea a few years ago from Chef John over at and been making alternate version of these ever since! So I'll show you a more or less step by step recipe so here we go!

Today will be the PB&J pie:

So you start off by cutting the circles out. The bread choice here is critical. I normally love fresh baked bread that I often make myself, but for pinchy pies the cheapest more generic store bought sliced bread works wonders and I'll show why in a second.

I use my sons sippy cup to cut it out since it's the perfect size but of course, anything that cuts nice circles and fit the slice of bread is aaaaall good.

Once you have your shapes put on whatever topping you want. This is where the fun begins because the combinations are limitless! For breakfast pinchy pies anywhere from PB&J, Nutella, Fluff, etc. Amazing combinations can be made. 
I've even found myself putting cheese and bacon bits and making mini grilled cheeses that the family just gobbles right up!
Only main this here is making sure you leave room around the edges for the most important step coming up next...the pinching!

This is where generic, cheap bread shines for some reason. I don't know if it's the moisture in the bread but its perfect for pinching. As you can see just pinch around the edges and it should seal right shut if you pinch hard enough. Do it all around the edges and BAM! Sealed up pie to go. Also you can see why it was important to leave space on the edges EH?

Here it is sealed buttered up. Now the cooking of these is usually 1 of 2 ways.
1:Apply butter to both sides (as above) and cook in frying pan grilled cheese style.
2:Put enough oil in a frying pan to cover half the pinchy pie. Fry about 1 minute per side or as desired crispyness.

Either way the finished product is always delicious and amazing! With the endless combinations you can please just about anyone with these ;)


  1. Okay... This is cute. But what do you do with the leftover bread? I wouldn't feel comfortable wasting that much perfectly good food.

    1. Yeah sorry, I should've mentionned it. Personally I tend to use them to make eggs in a basket. Though I've used the leftovers for bird feed or toast them with some olive oil and maybe some spices for great homemade croutons!

    2. Just make bread pudding with the leftover bread pieces, I even made pudding out of whole wheat bread. Its awesome and super easy. And can last for a week or so in the fridge. You want to make a skinny version? Just substitute the Condensed milk for low fat or fat free condensed milk, same with the using fat free evaporated milk and use egg whites or egg substitute for the eggs. It still taste great! Add a few pieces of guava paste, it will never harden after baking, they will still be soft. This is a good recipe and easy!!! I also tend to use Agave nectar instead of sugar, or splenda, due to the low glycemic index. I also add some nutmeg and all spice, and a but of cinnamon and vanilla extract too!

  2. I'd probably be tempted to try using the left over bread for bread pudding.