The pie-in-a-jar phenomenon has been all over the internet for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until this week that I was brave enough to try it myself. I’ll be honest, this method is now one of my favorite ways to bake pie! Not only are they made in cute, single-serve portions, but you can easily package your mini-pies to give as gifts or party favors to your friends and family as well.
What You’ll Need:
For this project, I find that most normal pie crusts are difficult to work with. They tend to pull away from the sides of the jars, making them far too fussy. To remedy this situation, I’ve made a crumbly pie crust mixture that can be pressed against the edges of the jar bit by bit. The recipe is as follows:
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon honey
Pour all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Remove the lid and blade of your food processor, and spoon some of the mixture into one of your half-pint jars. Using your fingers, press the mixture against the side of the jar, covering as much as you can. Grab more of the mixture, and continue the process until the entire inside of the jar, including the bottom, is covered.
Once all of your jars are pressed with the crumbly crust mixture, spoon your pie filling on top, leaving at least 1/2 inch headspace. Top with a tiny pat of butter.
There are all sorts of methods you can use to top your pies. For my pies, I used both a lattice pie crust, and a crumble topping. To make the crumble pie topping, the recipe is:
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Spoon the crumbly pie topping on top of your pie-in-a-jar, leaving enough room to fit a lid and band. At this point you can either bake your pies in their jars (no lid or band) in a 375°F oven for 45-60 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Or you can secure each of your jars with a lid and band and package them with decorative paper, twine, and tags/labels. They can be stored in the freezer for a month, or you can refrigerate them for up to a week before giving them away as gifts or favors.
- Jar Labels • I chose the “Candystripes” style in Deep Red.