Celebrate With Kate: 4th of July Mason Jar Pies

Glorious Treats Apple Pies in a Mason Jar @LaylaGrayce
Baking, styling & photography: Glorious Treats

Mason Jar Apple Pie Recipe from Glorious Treats @LaylaGrayce
Baking, styling & photography: Glorious Treats

Kate here again to share with you a fabulous Fourth of July dessert by Glory of Glorious Treats! When considering a patriotic summer dessert to share with you, I immediately thought of fruit pies. My mom bakes the best pies all summer long with in-season fruit, and we never celebrate the 4th in our house without fresh pie and homemade ice cream!

I knew I needed an expert food blogger and stylist for help and immediately thought of Glory, who knew just what to create: her favorite dutch apple pies in small mason jars. A charming set of free printable labels and dessert flags were a must, and I turned to paperie designer extraordinaire Loralee Lewis to help you dress up your desserts like Glory’s.

Read further for the recipe, an interview with Glory and the free printables link.

Crumb Topped Apple Pie (Dutch Apple Pie) in Jars by Glorious Treats

Ingredients:

  • ~ 1 sheet of prepared pie crust dough (available in the freezer section of the grocery store), or one recipe pastry pie crust
  • ~ 4 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled and chopped (about 5 1/2 cups chopped)
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ~1/2 cup sugar
  • ~ 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ~ 3 Tablespoons flour
  • ~ 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ~ 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)

Topping Ingredients:

  • ~ 3/4 cup flour
  • ~ 1/4 cup sugar
  • ~ 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • ~ 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ~ 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature

Supplies:

  • ~ 6, 1/2 pint wide mouth canning jars (usually available from Walmart, or your local grocery store)

Directions:

1. Thaw the pie crust (if using frozen), or prepare pie crust. Please note, frozen pie crust sheets usually need to thaw several hours.

2.  Preheat oven to 375*F.

3.  Use the ring from the lid of the jars to cut 6 circles of dough. Place one circle of dough into the bottom of each jar and use your fingers to press the dough into the bottom of the jar and up the sides a bit.

4. Peel and chop apples and place in a large bowl. 

5.  Add lemon juice and toss to coat well.

6.  Add both sugars, flour and spices and stir to fully coat apples.

7.  Scoop apples into the prepared jars, pressing the apples in as tightly as possible. Divide the apples between the 6 jars.

8.  Prepare the crumb topping by combining all ingredients and mixing together with a pastry blender, or fork until the butter is in small pieces and the mixture is crumbly, yet well combined.

9.  Top each jar of apples with a generous portion of crumb topping, pressing down a bit as needed. The apples will cook down quite a bit while baking, so you want to start with full jars.

10.  Bake the jars on a large baking sheet (because the pies will likely bubble over a bit while baking). Bake 35 minutes at 375*F.

11.  Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.

Serve as is, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The pies may be made up to two days in advance.  Keep covered and in the refrigerator when storing for more than 1 day.  Serve at room temperature, or heat for 20-30 seconds in the microwave before serving.

Let’s learn a bit more about baking expert blogger Glory! She learned to bake from her mother, and began entering her winning pies in country fairs at a very young age. I had the lovely opportunity to interview her recently, and am excited to share our conversation with you!

Q: Please provide us with a brief introduction to yourself and Glorious Treats!

A: I’m a mommy to two sweet little girls, and wife to a supportive husband/taste-tester/editor. I spent eight years as a floral designer, and after deciding to stay home with my girls, I felt a need to find a new creative outlet. After a one-night class on cookie decorating (through my local parks and rec.), I was instantly hooked on decorative baking! I sought out all the books, websites and classes I could find and have spent the last six years or so baking up a storm! I feel so lucky to have found/created a job that allows me to work from home on my own schedule and keep up with my girls’ activities.  

Q: Tell us a bit about how you came up with this recipe, and why you think it is perfect for the 4th!

A: Certainly apple pie is the quintessential “All American” dessert. Now, technically, since I added a crumb topping (instead of a top pastry crust), this style of apple pie is called “Dutch,” but so far, every American I’ve fed this pie to has had no complaints!

Q: How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Any tips on food to serve, and ways to serve/display it?

A: We usually celebrate the 4th of July by taking a picnic dinner to a local park that has a fireworks display. These little pies are perfect to just pack in the cooler and enjoy anywhere. If you are enjoying these apple pies at home, they are extra delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Glory also recommends styling the dessert using these free printable labels and flags, along with red, white and blue baker’s twine.

Download the darling free printable dessert flags and labels by Loralee Lewis, here.

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One Response to “Celebrate With Kate: 4th of July Mason Jar Pies”

  1. abbey Says:

    thanks for the cool ideas! Didn’t realize I could put the mason jars in the oven!

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