What is the meaning of "the perfect size" in the following sentences,

In the oven he bakes two German chocolate cakes. In tins the perfect size he bakes three cherry pies.

(Source: The Baker's Dozen by DAN ANDREASEN)

Does "In tins the perfect size he bakes three cherry pies" mean "In the perfect size tins he bakes three cherry pies" ? Or does it mean "In tins he bakes three perfect size cherry pies" ?

What type of grammar is this type?

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    Did you check that you quoted this exactly? It looks as though what was intended is "In tins [that were] the perfect size, he baked three cherry pies." What you quoted is neither idiomatic nor sensible although it may just be a typographical error where "tin" is used instead of "tins." – Jeff Morrow May 6 '20 at 3:01
  • After checking, I accidentally wrote tins as tin. I just fixed it. – user22046 May 6 '20 at 3:09

"Tin" is one word for a pie pan, and "perfect size" modifies "tins." Thus, the meaning is

In pie pans that were the perfect size, he baked ...

The author omitted the introductory "that were" from the adjectival clause, a frequent type of ellipsis.

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