I've seen so many bloggers baking cupcakes in Ball canning jars and thought that I needed to make myself some tiny pies. And OMG I am so very pleased! They are just too cute.
I must say they did take more time than a normal pie. Not difficult but time consuming.
There seem to be two methods to get the crust inside the jars. I used a combo of the two. Your first option is to just take tiny pieces and mush them together to form a bottom crust against the glass. Your second option is to measure a round bottom and side piece and place/mush them in place. Again, I sort of used both methods. I would be hard pressed to make more than a few of these though as they do take a long time for each little jar.
Then fill with your favorite filling. I peel and cut up a mixture of apples- some sweeter and some firm and tart. Add cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of nutmeg. Toss apples in mixture as you cut them up.
I used a jar to cut out the top crust. I just sort of placed it on top. Cut a slit for steam. Brush the top with butter and sprinkle on sugar. This time I used my vanilla bean sugar actually.
Bake @350 for 30-40 mins, until golden. You can even make a bunch and pop them in the freezer. Then just pop one or two in the oven to have yourself a little fresh baked apple pie any time you get a craving.
|I got tired of the little jars and in the end made a bigger little pie in a ramekin.|
Then when all was said and done, I actually entered myself in a little contest on my local NBC website. Feel free to take a gander...
Oh and I can't remember if I ever posted it on here but I finally came up with a perfect gluten free pie crust recipe that one can actually roll out. Raw, it does taste GF. But baked, most people can't even tell the difference.
In a food processor, mix 2.5 cups GF flour blend (I use Better Batter), pinch of salt, few pinches of sugar, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 2 sticks cold butter, and ice cold water (anywhere from 5 tbls to 1/4 cup).