Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pie in a Jar

Hello! I'm happy to share a fun, creative way to have dessert with you today! I love to bake, but never used to much. We strive to eat fairly healthy in our house and most times do pretty great! With that said, I think it's just fine (and fun even! gasp!!) to enjoy a treat. :) These mini pies are baked right in a glass jar. If you almost qualify for an episode of "Hoarders" because of your love of collecting glass containers, join me and let your pie making journey begin!
Crumb-Topped Apple Pie
Recipe from Our Best Bites
2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. uncooked regular oats
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c. butter, melted
4 c. tart, thinly sliced apples (like Granny Smith; about 3 apples)
1/3 c. white sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, chopped pecans, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Pack 1 cup of the mixture into a measuring cup and set it aside; gently press remaining mixture into a 9″ pie plate. Be sure not to pack it in there too tightly or it will be too hard and messy to slice the pie when it’s baked.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, and vanilla and bring to a boil. While mixture is heating, place apples in the pie crust. After sugar/water mixture has come to a boil, pour the hot mixture over the apples. Sprinkle reserved crumb topping over apples and then place the pies on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
 It helps to turn the jar on it's side and press the pie crust in.....then do the bottom. No spraying the jar necessary!
 If you're like me-convince your husband that helping you make these will be an all-time highlight of his evening. Laugh when he doesn't know his own strength and breaks the apple slicer. Cheer for a mighty strong man! :) (and a good sport)
 These can be made in any size jar. For firsts, seconds, or thirds...or fourth helpings. Or sharing with a friend. Or a date. :) or bringing to a neighbor or setting out at a party. Ahh...the possibilities. These are cute adorned with ribbon, string, or gift tags. You could also cover the top with a cute fabric scrap and tie a ribbon around for a mess-free delivery.
*Changes to recipe-I would recommend sprinkling some cinnamon in the apples and not using whole-wheat flour like I did for part of the flour mixture.
'till next time-Happy Treating! :) Sara


  1. What are the baking instructions? =)

  2. I was wondering the baking instructions too =)

  3. Thanks for the question and my apologies for leaving that step out! You will bake the pies at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!