PIES IN A JAR

I saw idea and just had to share!!

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Pie in a Jar
Source: Our Best Bites

Ingredients:

* 12 – Half-Pint Wide-Mouth Mason Jars (The short, chunky ones)
*  3 – 9-inch Pie Crusts (double that if you’re making a pie that needs crust on top) You can make your own, but if       you are short on time, store bought crust would work just fine.
*  Pie Filling (Apple is my favorite, but you can use any filling you prefer)

Directions:

Thoroughly Wash and dry your Mason Jars. (removing any stickers or labels)

Step 1. Dough. Make your dough, and roll it out. Cut the pie crust into quarters. You’ll use 1/4 of each pie crust for each jar. Press the piece of pie crust into the jar, covering the sides and reapplying excess crust as needed. Fill the jar with your pie filling .About a half cup filling per jar. Roll out a small amount for the top crust, using the lid to the jar as a guide.

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Once you have filled your jar, and topped it with the crust, you can put the jar lids on and freeze the individual pies (before baking) to have them set aside in the event you need a quick dessert for company. You’ll just pull ‘em from the freezer and bake them as directed in the recipe.

Optional:  (visit website for more variations and additional photos)

Crumb Topping (for 4-6 pies)                               
1/4C brown sugar
1/4 C flour
2 Tbs oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbs cold butter
Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter. Add oats and stir to combine.

Or, you can go ahead and bake your pies according to the recipe.** Optional step here that I HIGHLY reccomend: Brush pie tops with butter and sprinkle with sugar at this point! I’ve found no variation in cook time needed from a 9-inch pie to the Pies in a Jar. You might want to keep an eye on your pies, though, just to be safe.

Bake ‘em

Now first let me say that one of the biggest concerns from everyone is about the jars breaking in the oven. All I can say it that I’ve baked hundreds of these and never once has a jar broken. These are canning jars- they are designed to be boiled, pressure cooked, etc. So it’s different than putting any ol’ piece of glass in the oven. They bake just fine!But if you’re freaking out then my advice would be this: remove lids from jars and place jars on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in a COLD oven. Then turn the oven to 375. That will give the jars a chance to warm up slowly as the oven preheats. If you’re really worried you can always let them sit at room temp for a bit first before putting them in a cold oven. 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.

Once they’re ready, just let ‘em cool and serve when desired.

Credit of & You can visit  “Our Best Bites” at http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/09/single-serving-pie-in-a-jar/.

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