Jam jar pies satisfy your cravings whilst cutting your pastry intake.
- For the cherry filling
- 690g pitted cherries
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 200g sugar
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp almond extract
- For the pie crust
- 1 roll store-bought shortcrust pastry
- 60g cold butter, cubed
- Melted butter for topping
- Sugar to sprinkle on top
- 4 oven-safe jam jars (to hold approximately 235ml each)
In a heavy-bottomed skillet cook the cherries and lemon juice over medium-high heat, stirring, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat, stir the almond extract into the cherries and cool.
Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface. Using the ring from the lid of the jar, cut out 4 circles of dough, that will be the tops of your pies. With the remaining dough, use a 6-inch inverted pie plate to cut 4 circles that will line the inside of each oven-safe jar. Working with the dough as little as possible, make sure that the dough covers the surface area inside the jar with the exception of a 1/2-inch at the top.
Once each jar is lined with pie dough, fill each with 1/2 a cup of cherry pie filling. Place a small pat of butter on top of each pie, and top with the pie dough circles or make a lattice pattern. Make sure you vent the top of the crust by creating a slit so that the steam can escape. Using your finger or a fork, press the 2 pieces of dough together around the perimeter.
Brush each pie crust with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Seal each jar with its metal lid and place in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
If baking pies fresh, preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. If baking pies straight from the freezer, increase the baking time by 5 to 10 minutes.