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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pie in a Jar

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While I was searching on line, for a cute gift, to make for Mr.B's teacher, I found this cute idea; over at Our Best Bites. I really liked the idea of little individual pies. The bonus was, they can be kept in the freezer, until you have that craving for pie. There is always such stress about making a whole pie. If there is some leftover, how do you store it? On the counter? The fridge? What if only one person wants pie? What if you are sitting watching TV by yourself and the pie craving gets you? Are you more likely to go to the kitchen and make one big pie, or just grab this cute little pie and bake it up? I'd go with the little pie everytime, LOL.

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These were pretty easy to make. I decided to fill them with apple and strawberry rhubarb, since those are some of our favorite pie flavors. The result was a flaky little pie, full of wonderful goddness. Hubby was really interested in this concept and the kids just loved their own little pies in a jar. These would be great Christmas gifts, or a nice little something to share with friends and neighbours.

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Press the pie dough into your mason jars (short and fat 1/2 pint/250ml jars), so that it completely covers the bottom and sides. If you are not a pie dough maker, then feel free to use store bought pie dough. What ever works best for you.

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Fill 3/4 full with your filling; if you fill them too full, you will not be able to place the lids on to freeze. Fill them with what ever you would like. I just happened to go with apple and strawberry rhubarb.

Apple Filling:
4 apples, peeled cored and chopped
1/3 C brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cloves
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c flour

Mix everything in a bowl, so that the apples are coated evenly.

Strawberry Rhubarb:
2 C strawberries
1 C rhubarb, chopped
1/4 C white sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C flour
2 Tbs butter
1/4 tsp almond extract

In a sauce pot mix all ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until berries and rhubarb become very tender. Cool before filling pies.

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Roll the remainder of the dough out, to make the tops. Using the ring part of the lid, cut out tops for your pie. Make a vent, in each top piece ( I used a cute little cookie cutter, but use what ever you have on hand).
Place the dough onto the filling, so that the center is directly on the filling. The top will be big enough, so that the sides go up against the bottom crust. Using the tynes of a fork, crimp and seal the edges.

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At this point, you can throw the lids on and put them in the freezer. To bake up, simply place them on a cookie sheet, in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 375 degrees and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the middles are bubbly. If you’re baking them fresh and not frozen they take about 45 minutes.

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16 comments:

Mindy said...

These are so cute. They'd be fun to do as gifts during the holidays.

Kelly said...

This is awesome! I may actually have to try this.

ButterYum said...

Gorgeous! I remember seeing these. I think Yvonne from Stonegable did a version as well. I wish I had the tiny jam jars in stock, but I don't. Will have to get some so I can give them a try.

Brenda said...

These are too cute Cindy! I've never seen anything like this before, what a great idea. Love it!

K. Messerly said...

Too cute, Cindy! That might keep me from feeling guilty for eating an entire pie on my own!

Rachel said...

that's just about the best thing ever.

Courtney said...

These are so cute!!!

Miz Helen said...

What a fun way to present your tasty pie. This will be perfect for an outdoor event, I just love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon. Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

Amy said...

These are cute and adorable. Love the ideas of individual serving and you can pick whatever flavor you like to put in them! Lovely. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Amy
http://utry.it

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Hi! New follower here! I "found" you through Brenda! (love that Canadian!)

And I would love for you to come link up some of your recipes to "Made it on Monday" a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY I host on my blog:

http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com

*Link ups are open every WED.-SAT.*
I hope you will join in on the fun!

Gypsy Heart said...

Love these! I've seen them before but I so appreciate the reminder. They look delicious...and who doesn't love apple pie? I know kids love having their own little pie too.

Pat

Chrissy said...

I love this....such a wonderful thought. I just have a question...Do I have to cook the apple mixture too on the stove first till apples are tender? Ty I absolutely am ready to try these!

Cindy Hunwhatsfordinner said...

Hi Chrissy

Thanks so much for stopping by. No you don't have to cook the apples before adding them into the jars. Making sure that they are cut into small pieces helps them cook, while the crust is cooking.

I hope you enjoy these!!

Chrissy said...

Thank you Cindy...Ill be stopping by quite often...lol!

Mama P said...

I'd love to try this with our traditional Christmas dinner pie: tourtiere (meat and potatoes pie essentially). Thanks for the idea!

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

I love tourtierre. What a great idea!!