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Falling for Fun: Mini Apple Pies in Jelly Jars
Posted By Janel On October 1, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Desserts,DIY,DIY Fall,Fall,Falling for Fun,Family Fun,Freezer Cooking,Good Eats,Recipes | 5 Comments
Learn how to make these adorable mini apple pies from Life as Mom contributor Janel . What a delicious way to enjoy fall!
Several months ago, I picked up a 12-pack of 4-ounce Freezer-Safe Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars by Ball at Walmart for $7 or $8. I thought they’d be cute way to package up small batches of lavender milk bath  or lavender hand scrub  as gifts. Well, I never got around to that and the jars just sat in my garage for months. Well, I’ve found a fun use for them now – Mini Apple Pies with Almond Crumb Topping!
Are you wondering why anyone would go to the trouble to bake pies in little jars anyway? Well…
In my family, we always kept Apple Pie simple — Gramma John’s Pat-in-Pan Crust  filled with an apple mixture and finished off with a crumb topping. Simple works well with regular pie, I figured it would work well with pies in jars too. Rather than put crust on all sides of the jars, I followed Fishmama’s method for Slab Apple Pie  and just patted some crust dough in the bottom of each jar.
To bake in jars, you’ll need to cut up your apples smaller than for a traditional apple pie. I used my Back to Basics Apple Corer / Peeler / Slicer . It cores, peels, and slices the apples quickly. Then, I just cut the apple spiral in half and then into several uniform pieces. Easy peasy.
For the crumb topping, a food processor makes this very quick. You’ll just want to pulse the topping ingredients together until they look like sand. If you pulse it too much, the ingredients will start to clump into large chunks and then it will be difficult to distribute amongst the jars. So, keep it sand-like.
Just layer up the ingredients in the jars. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any spills while you bake them. Of course, the jars will slide around on the baking sheet so make sure that you hold the baking sheet with both hands. (I only had one oven-mitted hand and almost had a major disaster by trying to hold the baking sheet with one hand. Don’t be like me. Use two hands with oven mitts!)
When you remove the pies from the oven, they will be beautifully full. However, as they cool, they’ll collapse down a bit. Don’t worry about that though — it just leaves a bit of room to add some vanilla ice cream!
Makes 12 mini apple pies in 4-oz jars
–Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella .
This post is part of the DIY on a Dime: Falling for Fun  series. Check it out for all kinds of budget-friendly, family fun ideas to celebrate one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
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