One of my absolute favorite things I’ve discovered on Pinterest is food in a jar. Specifically, pie in a jar.
Ourbestbites had a post pinned explaining how fabulous mini mason jar pies are. These are fabulous for a couple of reasons. First, single serving desserts are just amazing. A necessity even. Second, you can have warm apple pie whenever you get a hankering. Which could easily be every night for the next few weeks. Third, single serving dessert. I think I mentioned that.
I packed the kids up and hit up our local WinCo exactly 24 hours after discovering this idea for some short half-pint jars and some Granny Smith apples.
In case the idea of (a)making a pie or (b)stuffing a pie into a mason jar is intimidating to you, I’m gonna walk you through it.
First, a recipe.
Mix and cook the following until syrupy.
*1 cup sugar
*2 Tablespoons cornstarch
*2 Tablespoons flour
*dash of salt
*1 1/2 cup water
*1 teaspoon cinnamon
*dash of nutmeg
Once it’s syrupy, remove it from the heat.
Grab your Granny Smith Apples. Four or five should do the trick. Peel them, core them and slice them into small (about an inch) uniform sections. Fold them into the syrup.
Next, the crust.
I use the Pillsbury ready crust. It’s just easy.
Thaw it, and roll it out just a touch.
Next, cut off a strip of dough with a width about the same as the height of your mason jar. For a short half pint jar – about 2-3 inches.
(My husband took all these pictures cause he’s super awesome and I am not Pioneer Woman who can cook and take pictures at the same time.)
Line the inside of your jar with your dough strip. Cut a small square or use scraps for the bottom of your pie crust.
Fill your jars with your pie filling.
A nice pat of butter adds some tasty flavor. This is pie after all.
Use your jar lid to cut out a circle for the top of your pie.
Seal the edges together.
Cut some vent holes in your pie lid. Happy faces are fun.
Brush with melted butter,
and sprinkle with sugar.
Seal those lids,
And stack them in your freezer, ready and waiting for you to get a pie craving.
Ourbestbites says you can place them straight from the freezer to the oven, but it makes me nervous and I always let them thaw just for the time it takes the oven to preheat. I cook them for about 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you are in business.