Pies are up there for me as the most universal dessert. Who doesn’t like pie? I think they are perfect to serve beyond holiday dinners at any event from birthdays to lazy summer nights. These pies are also perfect for those nights when you are just craving an easy, sweet treat.
As always, everything is better in a mason jar. Mason jars create individual servings and are perfect to freeze! I made these four individual pies for a friend of a friend’s girls birthday dinner. Frozen overnight and topped with a cupcake wrapper, they were perfect to drop off prior to the party ready to bake!
4 servings (you can easily make more or less)
- 1/2 box pie crust mix
- 4 cups berry/fruit of choice (I used frozen cranberries and raspberries)
- 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Make crust according to package or whip up your own pie crust. Make sure to use ice cold water and refrigerate/freeze before rolling.
- While pie crust is cooling, make fruit filling.
- In a medium saucepan/pot combine all ingredients on medium-high heat. Cook until the filling begins to bubble and thicken. Add cornstarch as needed to thicken.
- Once you have reached a desired consistency and taste, cool filling while you roll out the crust.
- Flour a surface and rolling pin well. I use a cutting board to contain the flour as much as possible.
- Separate crust into a large ball and small ball. Roll out the large ball.
- Place mason jar down onto rolled out crust and cut ~1 inch around jar in a circle. Fill mason jar with crust pressing into side. There is no need to grease or flour jars.
- Complete filling each jar with crust on the bottom and sides. You can also simply pull off pieces of the crust and press together inside the jar.
- Fill each jar with cooled pie filling leaving ~1/2 centimeter below crust.
- Flour surface again and roll out small ball. Find a fun cookie cutter that will fit the top of the jars or make your own design to create a topping for your pie. A lattice would work well too.
- Place each star or crust shape of your choice on top of each pie. Press corners lightly to crust on the sides.
- Sprinkle a bit of sugar on top, and bake!
I refer to Our Best Bites on how to bake or freeze pies in mason jars!
When I made these the boy was reasonably appalled that there wasn’t an extra for him. So, lesson learned — always create a “baker’s dozen” for one to leave at home!