All you need is a small glass jar (half-pint) and a great pie recipe for this fabulous idea first seen here. Fill the little jar with a sweet mini version of your best pie and bake it right in the jar. As soon as it comes out of the oven you can seal it with a canning lid (so that the heat will seal it) and then you can freeze it. Why not start baking now for the holidays and have them ready and waiting in the freezer? Add a little tag or label and you are set. This is a great gift idea for a special someone who lives alone and doesn't need an entire pie. Plus, miniature ANYTHING makes an ordinary gift extraordinary and helps your ingredients go further, which is nice on the wallet.
If you are on the lookout for a great pie recipe I'll share mine. It is a sure-fire hit no matter who I make it for. And don't let it scare you off if you don't like apple pie (or pie at all for that matter). This pie changes lives.
Sour Cream Apple Pie
9" pie crust, unbaked
2 c. Granny Smith apples: cored, peeled, and chopped
1/3 c. + 2 T. white flour
1 c. sugar, divided
1/4 t. salt
1 c. sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 T. cinnamon
2 T. butter
1. Place crust in pie pan, add apples
2. Combine 2 T. flour, 2/3 c. sugar, and salt in separate bowl
3. Add sour cream, egg, and vanilla and add to apples
4. Bake at 425 for 15 min.
5. Then 350 for 30 min.
6. While pie is baking, combine cinnamon, butter, remaining flour, remaining sugar and then sprinkle on top of pie when finished baking.
7. Then bake for at 400 for 10 min.
I dare you to try out this recipe on someone that says they don't like pie. They'll eat their words. Let me know how it goes!