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be your own martha stewart: love in a jar

November 10, 2009

loving this idea.  not only would it be great as wedding favors, but also since it’s holiday season…heck, why not?!  on side note, please make sure you ate already before reading further.

pie in a jar

found through diybride and taken from our best bites

the type of jars you will be needing:

pie jars

Step 1: Pie Dough

the first thing you’ll need is dough. you can use any pie dough you like. here’s a great tutorial on making a basic crust. that particular recipe will make 4 jars. you can also use the all-butter crust from this post. or if you’re really in a pinch, even a store bought crust will do.

Step 2: Make a topper and line the jar

roll out a small handful of dough. this is just for the tops of your pies, so eyeball about that much. grab the ring part of your jar and use that as your cookie cutter.  cut out the tops and set aside.

use the rest of the dough to line the jars. (no, you do not need to grease them) the great part is that there’s no rolling required! just take little pieces and press them in. make sure it’s pressed all the way up to the top of the jar, or pretty close to it.

pie jar collage filling jar

Step 3: Fill ‘er up

you’ll need about 1/2 cup filling for each jar. you can use any filling your little pie-craving heart desires, even canned!

here’s the basic recipe (for 4 pies)
2 cups prepared fruit (pitted, diced, peeled, etc.)
2 tablespoons sugar- brown or white (use more or less depending on sweetness of fruit)
2 tablesppons flour- (again, more if your fruit is super juicy like cherries, less if it’s pretty dry)
1 tablespoon butter (divided between the pies)
Seasonings/flavorings- cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and almond extract, citrus zest etc

when your filling is all combined, divide it between the jars and dot a pat of butter on top (about 1/4 tablespoon)

apple filled jars

Step 4: Top it off

make sure your “lid” has a vent so steam can escape. ou can use a knive to make a couple of slits or a tiny cookie cutter to make it decorative.  Wwhen your topper is ready, slip it onto the top of the pie. it will be large enough that the outside edge goes up the side of the dough-covered jar a bit, as show in the picture below. hen use your finger, or a fork, to press the 2 pieces of dough together to seal.

pinching top

another option is to do a crumb topping.

crumb-topping pie jar

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons oats
1/4 tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter
combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter. add oats and stir to combine.

or you could try a lattice

lattice topped jar pie

Click here for a how-to on a lattice pattern.

It is recommended that at this point to brush pie tops with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Step 5: Freeze ’em!

(you can save these for a later date if you don’t want them right now!!)

pies in freezer

when your pies are all done and topped, place metal lids back on and seal them tight. then pop these little cuties in the freezer.

Step 6: Bake ’em

preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. remove the metal lids and place frozen glass jars directly on a baking sheet.  ( Our Best Bites says *If you’re worried about the frozen jars breaking in a hot oven, all I can say it that I’ve baked a bundle of these and never has a jar broken.)   if you’re really worried you can always let them sit at room temp for a bit, but really they should be fine. 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.

pie jars on pan

depending on your filling you can pop them right out of the jar and onto a plate or just eat them right out of the jar.

apple pie with flowers

but if you have oozing cherry filling, that might be the only option!

cherry pie jar

can we say that’s some serious yum right there?

and to top it all off…no pun intended, but just in time for the holiday season, put these or these as your jar lids!  found through lollychops.

now go try it!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2009 11:47 am

    Ok I didn’t listen to you and eat before I read this. All I can say is YUM! Now I reeeeaaally want pie! 😉 Such a cute idea!

  2. November 11, 2009 10:22 pm

    absolutely love this! thanks for sharing.

  3. November 11, 2009 11:03 pm

    this is adorable. i love it. guess what you’re getting for christmas this year… 🙂

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