Too much has been going on in my life for a while...staying a lot with my elderly Mother in another town; my son just left to go to Afganistan with the Air National Guard(he volunteered); and other things too numerous to mention...so I have neglected my blog. Anyway...here is a wonderful idea for Christmas gifts from Tara of Tara Cooks Blog at http://taracooks.com/ Make some!
I think these Apple Pie in Jar gifts are my favorite so far – I’ve eaten a couple of them already. I had a set of these cute little 4 oz jars to use for this project. These babies can be baked and given as gifts right away or they can be assembled and frozen in the jar and cooked later. Although I lined each jar with some portions of refrigerated pie crust, I think these could also be made with just the apple pie filling and the crumb topping. Either way- cook’s choice.
You will need:
- 8 4 oz canning jars
- 1 package of refrigerated pie crust – allowed to set at room temp for handling
For the filling:
- 4 Granny Smith Apples peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
For the crumb topping:
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1/3 sugar
- 1/3 cup soft butter no substitutions
Roll out pastry circles and cut into forths.
Press each piece of crust into a 4 oz jar.
Mix the apples with the sugar and cinnamon and spoon filling into jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace for the crumb topping.
Mix the flour, sugar, and butter together with a pastry tool or with your hands until well blended and spoon mixture into each jar.
Place jars on a cookie sheet for easy transport and place on center rack of a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake jar pies for 25-35 minutes or until crumb topping and crust is golden brown.
Remove pies from oven and allow to cool before sealing with lids and rings.
For frozen pies, allow pies to thaw at room temperature and follow baking instructions above.