Pies Made Simple with Appetites’ Easy As Pie – iPad App Review

Appetites’ Easy As Pie is a baking app that makes pie making fun and accessible, taking you through 20 homemade pies with step-by-step videos illustrating the entire process, all the way from assembling the ingredients to serving.

There are lots of pie choices, from specialty pies to classic favorites and pudding pies, and all of them look absolutely delicious.  She covers a variety of crust types, from traditional to graham cracker and cookie crusts.  There are also lots of toppings, including crumbles, meringues and whipped cream.  You are sure to find something perfect for any occasion with Appetites’ Easy as Pie!

The app immediately draws you in when you open it, with flying flour and beautiful video clips of the pie-making process and scrumptious-looking slices.  Swipe through each category and tap on the videos to hear a quick audio summary of what the recipe has in store and view the prep time, total time and yield.  Once you’ve chosen a recipe, tap Download to get the recipe and video instruction, then tap Bake once it’s downloaded to view.

The app is very user friendly for cooks in the kitchen.  Throughout the entire process, there is a Steps tab on the left and an Ingredients tab on the right for quick reference at any time.

To view the videos, simply swipe up to scroll through each step in the process.  Videos are all shown from the perspective of the cook, so it’s really easy to see exactly what’s going on.

Evan has broken down the pie-making process into dozens of individual steps, each with a separate video clip so you can watch the video and complete it before moving on to the next one – no pausing and restarting required.  Each step is completely videotaped start to finish, so you can see each in its entirety instead of the quick swap-outs you often see on food television.  She also gives handy hints and explanations as she goes, making it much easier than simply following a written recipe.

What I liked: I liked how the videos are broken down into clips for each individual step – it makes it so much easier to go at your own pace while making sure you don’t miss a single step in the process.  I also liked all the extra tips in the audio recordings.

What I didn’t like: The app was a little bit buggy and crashed on me a few times while I was exploring the recipes.  Also, despite paying for the app, one of the recipes I tried to download said it was a “bonus” and required my name and email address – plus permission to contact me – before I could download the recipe.

To buy or not to buy: If you enjoy baking in the kitchen with your iPad, then this app is a great one to add to your collection.

  • App Name: Appetites’ Easy As Pie
  • Version Reviewed: 1.2
  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Developer: Clear-Media
  • Price: $2.99 (60% off – for a limited time only!)
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About Jenni: Jenni is a healthy-living food blogger who rarely lets her iPad leave her side. Find her on Twitter @spoonfulatatime.