It’s fall. It’s apple season. It’s baking time.
At least it is somewhere in the world. Florida is still enjoying 85 degree weather and sunshine. I have decided to go by the calendar, though, and ignore what’s happening outside, by golly! I have also discovered that one of my local grocery stores will package up mismatched apples and sell them for a mere $.59/pound. You may see a few apple recipes here and there over the next couple weeks. My kids may beat me to them, however. Every time I turn around these days, one of my teenaged sons is eating something I was saving for a recipe.
I have decided pies in jars are just about the cutest things ever. And the portion control is a no-brainer… As long as you don’t make pies in quart sized jars, that is. The beauty of baking in jars is you decide how big or how little you want your pies to be. Just adjust the baking time up or down according to the size.
And they can be reasonably healthy. Sort of. Take for instance this apple pie in a jar. It’s low in sugar and is filled with apples and walnuts. See? Good. For. You. Pie.
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar
- 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- Pie Crust
- 2 Tbsp rice flour
- ¼ cup sorghum flour
- 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
- 2 Tbsp potato starch flour
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- dash salt
- 2½ Tbsp cold butter
- ½ tsp vanilla in 2 Tbsp cold water (may need a little more water)
- ½ pint sized jar
- In a bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, cornstarch and agave nectar.
- Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Cut in butter with fork or pastry blender until crumbly.
- Add vanilla/water mixture.
- Form dough.
- Press crust into a half-pint sized jar.
- Use the handle of a wooden spoon or some other instrument to gently press the crust all the way down into the bottom of the jar.
- Push it up the sides, trying to get a smooth edge at the lip of the jar.
- Fill with apple mixture.
- Top with walnuts.
- Place jar on a cookie sheet.
- Bake 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees or until bubbly and apples are tender.