Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Single Serve Pie

You are not even going to believe what I made. Singe serve pies in a little mason jar! The cutest things you will ever eat! I made them for my family as we were headed out for a picnic on the waters edge and I eagerly volunteered to bring desert. I have been just waiting for the perfect time to make these little pies, and my mom and sister would be just the right people to admire these. Next up, I will be baking these on board for a few of our boating friends. I'm also thinking little chicken or lobster pot pies.

( Just dough, top left.  Filled with berries, top right. A lattic topper, bottom left.  Cut out heart, bottom right)!

Ahhhh! Can you stand the cuteness!??

Easy as...well, pie! I used store bought pie dough and made a quick pie filling out of some Maine blueberries that I purchased earlier at the Farmers Market. You even bake these pies right in their glass jar!

Single Serving Pies

Recipe makes 8 little pies
2 rolls of refrigerator pie dough
2 C. of pie filling, your choice (you can even use canned fillings)

My Blueberry Filling Recipe:

3 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries, rinsed and stems removed (if using frozen, defrost and drain first)
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/8 cup all-purpose flour (for thickening)
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Gently mix the blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, stir often.

To make a "perfect" lid for your pie, simply use the ring from the mason jar as a template. Gently press the ring into the pie dough and wa-la! Perfect lid for the pie. Be sure to cut out a little vent for the pie. Use a mini cookie cutter to cut cute shapes, free-style and cut with a knife, or if you are in the mood, lattice! Set lids aside.

Take one little mason jar and press pieces of dough into the bottom and up the sides of the jar. Continue with remaining jars.

Fill each little jar with approximately 1/4 C. of filling. Top with a lid and press to join sides with the tops crimping with your fingers or a fork.

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar if you want it extra special.

Bake for 30 minutes or so (until tops are brown) in a 375 degree oven.

When I took these little pies out of the oven, some of the lids had pushed up over the top of the jar. I simply waited for them to cool and the steam to escape and the lid went right back down. So don't worry if this happens to you.

Cool and put on the lid. They are ready to travel! Heat up before eating if you would like. But we enjoyed ours at room temperature and they were delicious! Enjoy!


tahtimbo said...

That is a great idea! I would never have thought of doing a pie in a mason jar. Thinking ahead, they would also make nifty (does anyone say this anymore?) Christmas gifts.

Money Saving Maine-iac said...

These are THE COOLEST THINGS EVER!! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

they are fun to make and whomever is on the receiving end, feels very special that you made them a cute little pie.