Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pie in a Jar


I pretty much have the best mom in the world. Really. Have you ever noticed how the first comment on every one of my posts is from the same person? Yep, that's my mom. She is my biggest fan and supporter, not just in blogging, but in life. She is an ever-available listening ear and the one person I can always count on to have my back. My friends adore her, my kids adore her, my husband adores her, and I adore her.



Recently, my mom celebrated her 64th birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!) And I was happy to host her birthday celebration. One of our family's traditions is that whoever's special day it is gets to choose the dessert. So when my mom mentioned pie, I knew just what I'd be making!


See, ever since I started my blog (and even before then) my mom has been sharing ideas with me. Ideas for recipes, crafts, kids' activities.....  One of the last times we got together, she showed me these adorable pies from Family Circle magazine. So cute! I knew I wanted to make them, but I wanted to wait for the perfect occasion. What could be more perfect than her birthday??


I knew I had a bunch of 1/2 pint Mason jars left over from my parents' anniversary celebration...


...8 jars, in fact....which was not nearly enough for the 2 different kinds of pie I wanted to make! So.... about an hour after this picture was taken and I had checked two different grocery stores to find the size I needed (at 10:00 pm, no less!) I was ready to start. No worries, though... my mom is worth it :)

I used refrigerated pie crusts, and started by cutting out 6 inch circles using a large cereal bowl to measure.


Next, I pressed each circle into a jar...


...and traced the lid to make the top crusts. After quickly mixing up the filling, I topped each pie, pinched around the edges, and cut slits in the top crusts:


I decided they could be cuter, so I used tiny cookie cutters to make little pie toppers:


When everyone woke up to this the next morning...


...they couldn't believe I was making them wait to eat them until after we sang "Happy Birthday!"


I can't say I blame them....!




Happy Birthday, Mom! We Love You!!

Apple Pie in a Jar
2 boxes refrigerated piecrusts
8 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
6 cups apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced  
1 egg, lightly beaten
turbinado sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 350 and set out 8 wide-mouth half pint jars. Cut out eight 6-inch circles and eight small circles (using jar lid as guide) from 2 boxes of refrigerated piecrusts. Press onto buttom, up side and over the lip of the jars.

In saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and cook, whisking continuously, until golden brown, 2 minutes. Add sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour over apples. Toss to coat. Spoon into jars.

Top with small circles of dough, brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  Place jars 2 inches apart on large baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until golden.

Peach Pie in a Jar
2 boxes refrigerated piecrusts
8 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 - 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract 
6 cups peaches, peeled & thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten
turbinado sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 350 and set out 8 wide-mouth half pint jars. Cut out eight 6-inch circles and eight small circles (using jar lid as guide) from 2 boxes of refrigerated piecrusts. Press onto buttom, up side and over the lip of the jars.

In saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and cook, whisking continuously, until golden brown, 2 minutes. Add sugar and almond extract and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour over peaches. Toss to coat. Spoon into jars.

Top with small circles of dough, brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  Place jars 2 inches apart on large baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until golden.

 

So what's your favorite birthday dessert??
I'd love to hear from you!





Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy



39 comments :

  1. Dear Readers of Lemon Tree Dwelling,

    It's true. Cathy's mom is the best. BEST. I love her, and I am slowly making my way into their family so that I can claim her as my surrogate mom.

    Happy Birthday Betty!!!!

    (Cath, this post made me cry. I hope our daughters grow up to be as amazing as you.)

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  2. What a nice post! Thank you for the kind words. The pies look so cute and so yummy. They were delicious. (I had to try both kinds, of course.) They were made with lots of love. ☺

    Mom

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    1. Yes, they were. Glad you liked your post :)

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  3. Awww...I love that your mom always comments on your posts. That is so cute. I know I am always thrilled when my mom comments on mine!

    As for the pie in a jar, these look so delicious! They are also just the right size.

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    1. Nothing better than a comment from your mom! And you're right - the pies are just the right size to satisfy :)

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  4. I love these!! PINNING ALSO. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/01/sweet-and-wonderful-friends-its-time.html

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  5. What a beautiful presentation. These would look so cute for a baby shower. Saw it on I should be Mopping the Floor right as I was linking up. Would love for you to link to Thursdays Treasures. http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-71/

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  6. Oh, wow! This looks delicious. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!
    http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-blog-hop.html

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  7. LOVE this idea! I need to find an excuse to buy some of those little jars so I can try this out. They are adorable! Thanks for sharing, and I love how you wrote about your mom. Such a treasure!

    Nicole @ www.orwhateveryoudo.com

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  8. This looks wonderful and I have some of these jars. I'm so excited to try this!

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  9. These are super cute, and I know Hubby would love the Peach Pie. Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

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  10. Mmmmm... PIE! I love this idea, and how they're single serving. What a great post. Thank you for sharing.

    I found you via Crafty Confessions and would love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday Link Party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-7/

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  11. I think these are so cute. What a nice way to get a little piece of pie without making a whole pie. I love key lime pie. Mine is really good and I will share it soon.

    Mom's are so special and always seem to know what you need.
    Great comments about your mom.

    I am your newest follower.
    Bev
    @ http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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  12. What a fun idea! Those look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Happy Birthday to Mom, she is special, I love your pie's in a jar, I did the same thing last summer and they were a big hit! Don't you just love mason jars. Nice post Andi

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  14. Happy Birthday to your mom!! What a fun little treat you made for her. I absolutely love these. My best friend is obsessed with anything mini..should it be snacks, deserts, practical home items..if there is a mini version out there, she wants it. I HAVE to make these for her upcoming birthday. Thanks for the terrific idea.

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  15. Happy Birthday to your Mum - my Mum is also just as supportive in my life (and my blog - she calls me to tell me if I have new follower :) ) These pies are absolutely adorable - I need to get my hands on some mini mason jars! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. This is a great idea.

    We are hosting a link party that is live today. We would like to invite you to link up and share this with our readers.

    Thanks!

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh, these look so yummy and adorable, too! Happy Birthday to your mom! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs
    Kathy

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  18. What could be better than pie?! ...Pie in a jar!! :) Too cute and yummy! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!! Happy Birthday to your mom too!!
    Have a terrific weekend!

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow! I've seen cake and brownies in a jar, but this is the first pie in a jar I've seen :)) Pinned!!
    Have a great weekend!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  20. What a wonderful birthday surprise for mom! They turned out so cute too! Pinning this!

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  21. Perfect for Mom's birthday! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. I am obsessed with jars and I am obsessed with pies. This is perfect!

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  23. I love anything with apples and pie crust.....especially in a super cute little jar! yummy!

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  24. Hi Cathy,
    Your blog is so inviting. I just want to sit and have a meal, any meal, with you. I like it. I hope your mom had an amazing birthday! Great moms deserve nothing less.
    I'm your newest GFC and Pinterest follower from the Clever Chicks Blog Hop. If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and look around. I'd love to have you. I hope you have a great weekend.

    Karina
    http://momintheusa.blogspot.com

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  25. What a lovely and delicious idea!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness :)

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  26. Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures. I bought 4 cases of these little jars last year to do this and never got around to it. Thank you for inspiring me with such a lovely post! Belated Happy Birthday to your sweet Mama! I'm featuring this on this week's *73* Thursday's Treasures. Please stop by my blog and get my "featured on" button. <3 and hugs!

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  27. Ah, so lovely to make such cute pies for her celebration! I just shared a yummy pie post round up you might enjoy for your future pie baking! Give her happy birthday (belated) wishes! Have a great rest of your week! Theresa @ DearCreativs.com

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  28. Such a cute story about your mom and I LOVE the idea of these little pies! I'm so glad you shared them at my link party last weekend @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope you stop by and link up again this weekend! The party starts late tonight!

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  29. Hi!
    I just wanted to let you know that your post will be featured later this evening on Show and Tell Saturday #4 on Sassy Little Lady! Have a great day!

    Kathie
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing this at SHOW-Licious Craft Showcase! It's been featured at this weeks party! You can see it here at this weeks party....http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/show-licious-craft-showcase-20.html.

    Marti @ Sew-Licious Home Decor

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  31. This is a great post and the pictures are super sweet!

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  32. Can you use pint jars? Just wondered. I don't have the 1/2 pint size. This looks delicious! :)

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    1. Thanks, Winnie! I would imagine you could use pint jars and just a little more filling? I think it would still bake just fine :)

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  33. Yummy! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    I would like you to invite you to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!

    appleofmamaseye.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

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  34. thanks for share.

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