Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pie in a Jar

Ever have a craving for a slice of yummy homemade pie, but don't want to take the time to make one? Introducing the Pie in a Jar: homemade pie in individual jars that you can freeze and when you've got the craving, bake up in no time- still in their jars! Plus you can throw a lid back on them and take them on the go to work or on a picnic. :)
All you need is regular pie crust (I always use homemade), regular pie filling recipe (could be apples, cherries, or boysenberries as Dearest loves), and 1/2 pint wide mouth mason jars. Use the pie crust to line the inside of the mason jars- no need to roll it out, just push little pieces onto the sides and bottom, making sure there are no holes or cracks. Be sure to leave enough to make top crusts for them.Fill the jars with filling, about 1/2 cup is needed for each one. (I made apple.)
Make tops for the pies- I did lattice tops and regular tops. If making regular tops, make sure there are vents for the steam to escape when baking later.
You can brush the tops with a bit of butter and sprinkle sugar on as well.
Cover them and freeze until you're ready to enjoy!
If you're worried about the jars busting open (they won't- they're canning jars made for high heat), put the pies in the oven before preheating.
To cook: bake at 375 degrees F for 35-45 mins if fresh, 50-60 if frozen.

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