Spelt Mini Jar Pies
Posted July 14, 2019
By Nature's Legacy on June 30, 2016 in Uncategorized
There’s nothing better than a slice of a freshly baked strawberry, blueberry, or apple pie with a delicious homemade spelt crust.
Quite possibly the ONLY problem with pie is that it’s a bit difficult to transport and it can get messy as you carve up and dish out that sweet juicy pie with it’s crumbly crust. The solution to the messy-pie problem is to make little mini individual pies! Made in small 4oz jelly jars, they are perfect for transporting to picnics and potlucks and (best of all!) they are easy to eat on the go!
A little more time involved vs. a traditional sized pie – but so much fun to make!
First you need several 4oz mason jars and a batch of your favorite spelt pie dough – I find one batch of dough will make 8 mini jar pies. Then make your favorite filling and start assembling your pies. Roll out your dough and cut 8 rounds for the top of each pie using the ring from your jar lids. Set these aside.
To create the crust inside the jars, just cut pieces of remaining pie dough and piece and press together until each jar’s sides and bottom are covered with the dough. You could roll out and measure around the jars and cut out more circles and strips but I find this ‘piece & press’ method to be a lot easier.
Fill jars with your filling and top with your dough lids. You can cut out festive shapes or just cut slits for a vent – your imagination is the limit here!
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes. You will likely need to lightly lay a piece of tin foil on top of the pies during the last 10 minutes of baking so your crust tops don’t burn.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. When they are completely cool, you can cover each adorable mini-pie with its jar lid. Will keep well in the fridge for about 4 days.
Want to make ahead and freeze??? Follow steps through topping with your dough crusts. After you top your pies, cover with the jar lids and freeze for up to 2 months. Do not brush with egg wash or bake prior to freezing. To bake frozen mini-pies, remove from freezer and preheat your oven. Remove the jar lids and brush tops of pies with egg wash, sprinkle with finishing sugar, and bake as directed above.
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