Friday, August 26, 2011

Apple Pie in a Jar

It seems I am always posting things that I can't eat right now since I am dieting. This is something, though, that you can put in your freezer and have ready to pull out for sudden cravings, guests, or even hostess gifts. 
It's Apple Pie (or actually any flavor of baked pie!) in a canning jar. You have to find the half-pint canning jars that are short and squat and have an opening that is larger than the bottom. (I actually ordered mine to find the right size.) Other shapes will work, but you won't be able to slide the pie out of the jar if the opening is not larger than the bottom or if the sides are not straight.
You can either use a pie crust recipe or just buy an uncooked pie dough. Either way, use your fingers to spread it on the bottom and up the sides of the inside of the jar. Use the lid as a template to cut a round to use as an upper crust. I used a large recipe and prepared 6 jars.
Evenly distribute your pie filling among the jars. I used my old standby apple pie recipe. You could also use other fruit, chocolate pie, etc. Place the round crust on top and seal the edges. Don't overfill the jar. You need a little room for the filling to freeze and you need to be able to screw the lid on.
Put the lid on each jar and place in the freezer.
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When you are ready for a pie, remove from the freezer, take the lid off and place in a COLD oven. Turn the oven to 375 degrees (F) and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. NO, the canning jar won't break if you do it this way. Don't place the frozen pie in a hot oven, or it might!
You can either eat right out of the jar or let it cool a little and then "dump" it out onto a serving dish. 
Note: You can choose to put a crumb (struesel) filling on top in place of the crust.


  1. Oh, that looks good. I am ready for apple pie right now, forget the diet!

  2. What a cool idea... It will also keep the possibility of 2nds out of the picture.
    Hugs from Mary