Pie-in-a-Jar

TOTAL TIME: 55 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
YIELD: 8 jars
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
  • 8 (1/2-pint) oven-safe glass jars
    • Pie
    • Your favorite 2 (9-inch) pie crust recipe
    • 4 cups preferred pie filling, (1/2-cup filling per pie)
    • Pie-in-a-Jar Variations, recipes follow
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      Directions

      Make the preferred pie crust recipe. Cook's Note: Store-bought pie dough will also work in a pinch.

      Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Using the ring from the jar lid, cut 8 circles from the dough, the circles will be the tops of your pies. Line each 1/2-pint glass, oven-safe jar with the remaining dough. Working with the dough as little as possible, make sure that the dough is pressed tightly against the entire surface area of the jar with the exception of 1/2-inch at the top.

      Once each jar is lined with pie dough, fill with 1/2 cup preferred pie filling.
      Cook's Note: Typically, a recipe for pie filling for 1 (9-inch) pie, will make 8 pies-in-a-jar. Place a small pat of butter, about 1/2 tablespoon, on top of each pie.

      Top each pie with the pie dough circles or create a lattice pattern or crumb topping to go on top. Make sure you vent the top of the crust by creating a slit so that steam can escape. Using your fingers, or a fork, press the 2 pieces of dough together.

      Brush each pie crust with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Seal each jar with metal lid and place in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.

      Baking instructions:

      If baking pies fresh, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. If baking pies that have been frozen, bring them to room temperature before placing in the oven

      Pie-in-a-Jar Variations:


      Various Sweet Pie Fillings: Maple pecan, key lime, blueberry, peach, pumpkin.

      Various Savory Pie Fillings: Chicken pot pie and shepherd's pie.

      Cobbler: Transfer any cobbler recipe to the jar method.

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      • on February 20, 2014

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        I haven't made any of these yet, but loves this show and the ideas. @deannsherri, I think the vanilla extract was just the vanilla beans and vodka.

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      • on July 25, 2012

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        I absolutely "loved" this episode about gifts. I too love to give gifts that I have made. After watching this episode I made a batch of pies and they were awesome! I have located a place on line for whole vanilla beans that are very reasonable so I will continue with all your ideas. I do have one question if anyone caught this episode. The receipe is not listed with the others for today but I thought there was one for vanilla extract using vodka and the beans. I'm planning on getting a jump on the holidays.

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      • on November 26, 2011

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        Thank you Kelsey! Such a simple idea but was such a surprise for the people I made them for! I was able to individualize the pies. Some of the pies were cherry and some peach. Everyone loved them and they were cooked perfectly.

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