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Practical, Easy Recipes to Make in a Jar!

Practical, Easy Recipes to Make in a Jar!

Apple Pie in a Jar

Single Serving. Freeze them or bake them right away.
What you need:
Half-pint jars work best.
Pie dough—homemade or store bought

Roll out a small handful of dough. This is just for the tops of your pies. Use the mouth of your jar as a cutter to cut the tops out of the dough and set aside.

Use the rest of the dough to line the jars. No need to grease them. Press the dough all the way up to the top of the jar on all sides.

About 1/2 cup of filling is needed for each jar.
You may choose any type of filling (apple, cherry, pumpkin), including the canned kind.

Basic Apple Pie Filling—Enough for Four Pies
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 tablespoons sugar—brown or white (more or less can be added depending on taste)
Sprinkle of cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter (divided between the pies)

Combine apples, sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a mixing bowl. When your filling is all combined, divide it between the jars and add a pat of butter on top. Now add the pie toppers you cut out before, and add a few slits to allow steam to vent. (You could also top with a crumb mixture if you like apple crumb.) Keep the piecrust top inside the jar, but cover the entire filling. You can be as decorative or plain as you’d like. Optional: brush pie tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Place metal lids on top of jars and seal them tight. Now you are ready to freeze them.

Some may be wary of cooking these pies once they are frozen, but remember canning jars are designed to be boiled or pressure-cooked. Do not cook the pies with lids on. You can let the frozen pies warm up at room temperature for a bit or you can place the frozen jar on a cold cookie sheet and place it in the oven while it’s preheating, so it can warm up slowly. Bake at 375°F for 50–60 minutes if frozen, or 45 minutes if fresh or thawed.

These make great gifts! You can decorate them, attach directions to the jars, and they are ready for gift giving.

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1 kim { 08.31.13 at 9:47 pm }

I absolutely LOVE ideas like this. The apple pie/crumble is an excellent one for gift ideas. Keep more like this coming!!!

2 Kathy { 08.29.13 at 7:13 pm }

Love stuff like this!

3 Charlene { 08.29.13 at 4:47 pm }

Great ideas.

4 Tracey A { 08.28.13 at 10:36 am }

Can’t wait to try them both. Thanks for the great ideas!

5 Mary S { 08.28.13 at 9:11 am }

These two ideas for salad and apple pie in a jar are fantastic!! Thank you. Please post more ideas like this.

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