Pie is definitely one of my favorite desserts. I love the flaky crust and the fruit or cream fillings. So delicious!! Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t quite share my passion….which makes these individual pies absolutely perfect!
I have been intimidated a bit by pie crust, but after following Barbara Bakes’ tutorial…I have no idea why. It was so easy and delicious. I made a batch of her Perfect Pie Crust and I used half of it to make a Tomato and Zucchini Quiche which was quite possibly the best dinner I have made all month. Just thinking about it makes me want to bake one for dinner tonight. It was amazing!!
I was excited to use the extra crust dough to try the individual pie jars from Our Best Bites. I have been wanting to make them for over a year. It was so easy…but you could make it even easier by using a store bought crust.
I just rolled out the dough and pressed it into my small jars (I used 4 oz jelly jars. Our Best Bites used wide mouth half pints–I haven’t seen these at the store. Although, if you can find them, I bet they would work even better than 4 oz jars). I had a little crust leftover that I baked with some cinnamon and sugar on top.
For the filling, I diced up a couple of peaches and mixed them with some sugar, to taste (I probably could have used a little more sugar…they were a little tart for my husband). Added in 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch (you can use flour). Our Best Bites also added butter, but I think I completely forgot it. Then I filled the jars with the filling (and ate the little bit that was left). To finish, I topped off the jars with some decorative crusts.
I placed the jars on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet and baked them at 375°F for 45 min or so. Partway through the baking time, I covered them with aluminum foil to keep them from over browning. There was a little spill over and I was glad I was able to just throw away the foil instead of scrubbing a pan (or my oven). But overall, they baked up really nicely!
Easy as pie! Actually, I think they might be a little easier than baking a pie. I usually have problems with my pies setting up, with these little beauties that didn’t even matter. You can eat them straight out of the jar. I personally dumped it out on a plate and ate it with some homemade vanilla ice cream.
A perfect little pie! I loved that the crust to filling ratio was higher than in a regular pie slice, because pie crust is just amazing. Although, using the correct jar size might help make it a little more perfect, I’ll have to find some wide mouth, half pints.
Any kind of pie could be made in this little individual form….pumpkin, apple, cherry…I’m excited to experiment with a cream pie too.
I plan on making some more of these beauties and freezing them before baking. Then I can put one in the oven with dinner and I can have a nice, delicious, fresh baked pie for dessert while my husband enjoys his favorite ice cream or chocolate treat. That would definitely be the perfect way to end a chilly fall day. They would also make super cute gifts, Our Best Bites has some cute ideas on how to package them up.