Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pie in a Jar

For a long time I have wanted to make these pies. Thought it would be a fun way to serve pie for my next dinner dessert. These little pies are also perfect to give as gifts especially now at Christmas. Once they are baked and cooled down you can close them with the lids and add a ribbon if given as gifts. Or you can freeze the extra and have them ready when a pie craving hits.
This is not so much a recipe as an idea of a fun way to serve dessert or give as a gift from your kitchen! You can use this idea for apple crisp or graham wafer crumbs layered with pudding and whipped cream. Or make savoury pies..so many ways to use these jars other than jam.

What you need:
  • Your favorite pastry dough
  • Canned cherries or any other fruit pie filling..I chose cherries because they look festive and because I really like them:)
  • Wide mouth jam jars
What you do:
  1. Roll out your pastry like you would for pie. Cut out circles that fit your jars. Push the dough circles into your jars pressing the dough to the bottom and sides to form the crust. If you don't want to cut out the circles, just push pieces of dough into the jar covering the bottom and sides.
  2. Spoon your filling into the dough lined jars.
  3. Using the screw-on ring for the jar, cut a circle of dough and place on top of the filling, pushing down the edges a bit to form the top crust.
  4. Cut a vent on top crust, I used a little tree shaped cookie cutter.
  5. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle a little coarse sugar over top.
  6. Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 350ยบ for 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool.
  8. Serve in jars with a scoop of ice cream or run a knife around the edges and slide pie out to serve on a plate.  

27 comments:

  1. I love this site!!! Just when I think I've seen everything there is in the area of food you all show something even more fun, delicious and creative!!!

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  2. Squee! I love these! I gotta try this. Such a cute idea!

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  3. Great idea! Think I will have to head to Pier One Imports for some little ramekins (come with snap on lids) and make this for our Christmas quilt group gathering next week. Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas/recipes. Have done so many and all were well received successes (because they all contain 1 'key' ingredient.....love!!). Blessings

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  4. What a creative, festive idea!!

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  5. WOW Betty, another great recipe...and the pic looks so festive!

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  6. Just adorable! Apple crisps and individual cheesecakes come immediately to mind. How beautifully festive. Thank you, Betty!

    Blessings to all,
    Anna (Toronto)

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  7. OH Betty!!! these look so good, where do you come up with all these different ideas. just amazing !!!! take care,

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  8. how adorable!! these will make great gifts! sooo cute!

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  9. great picture and what a great idea!!

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  10. How delightful! This will be such a treasure to serve.

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  11. What an adorable idea! Do you need to grease the inside of the jar first or is there enough butter in the crust to take care of that? Thanks!

    Hailing from Seattle!

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  12. Wonderful Idea, Betty! I'll try this with my banana cream pie. The grandkids will love it.

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  13. Love this! I'm wondering how these would work if I froze some for later use, then thawed and warmed up in the microwave?

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  14. Ohh Betty, what a creative idea ! Sooo special - and mouth-watering-yummy looking !!! Your photo is perfect!

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  15. What a great idea! So pretty too!

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  16. What a super idea. I am trying this one!
    I always come to your blog and have gotten alot of great recipes that my family loves!
    Christmas Blessings,
    Tricia

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  17. what an awesome idea. i love that!

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  18. Here I am making cowgirl wine glasses and realize that I shall have to adapt them for pie now!!! Luuuuuuuv it!

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  19. Cheryl@The Farmer's Daughter..these freeze well and you can thaw them and then warm up in the microwave or in the oven.
    Abigail..you do not need to grease the inside of the jars.

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  20. Hi Betty,
    I have been wanting to do the same thing for a dinner party dessert. Unfortunately I never did it and last month I gave all my canning jars away.

    Yours look cute and delish! I bet they were enjoyed by all.

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  21. These will also mail well, wrapped in bubble wrap. If you put the lids on right after removing them from the oven then they will vacuum seal while cooling. Add the rings, wrap in bubble wrap and they're ready to send off to loved ones far away. We've been able to send a little bit of home during the holidays to our son and his buddies away at sea.

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  22. By the way Betty - when we were in Montreal at a very high end, fancy restaurant, they served my chocolate mousse in a pint jar. So you're right up there with the gourmet chefs!

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  23. Holiday perfect!!! It would be so much fun to send one of these home with dinner guests.

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  24. Love, love, love this, so awesome! I just HAVE to give it a try. :)

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  25. Connie, who competed on Top Chef on Food Network, does Blueberry cheese cake and pate in the small jars in her restaurant, called Charcut, so rustic and so cute!!
    Such a great idea for gift giving! Wuldn't mincemeat pie be so yummy!

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  26. Just made these with our delicious frozen South Okanagan fruit. What a lovely dessert to present tonight for dinner at our daughter's home!
    We love your website and are always passing it on to others.
    Blessings to you and your families over the holidays.

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