Fresh Sweet Cherries are in and are oh so delicious. There are so many ways to utilize them besides just eating them.
If you’re a big fan of cherry pie, using mason jars to hold the pie makes for a very quick and just as easy alternative for making delicious cherry pies! These treats are great for a small snack and are just as good as any cherry pie.
Yields: 4 to 5 pies
You are going to need:
- 1 crust (pie dough)
- 3 cups of cherries, pitted and halved
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for top of pies
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of water
- 4oz Mason jars (wide mouth jars will work better)
Start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Then grease the four-ounce Mason jars and place them onto a baking sheet. You might want to place aluminum foil under the jars, so that it will catch any parts that might overflow, and make clean up a lot easier.
Roll out pie dough then, using one of the Mason jar lids, cut out two circles for each pie you’re making from the dough. Then, press one circle into the bottom of the mason jars.
Next, put your cherries in a sauce pan over medium heat and add water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Mix and cover the pan; keep on heat until they release juices and come to a simmer, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
When done, mix cherry filling well in a bowl with the almond extract. Scoop the cherry filling and juices into the Mason jars using a small spoon until the pies are nearly full, as seen above. Place the other set of pie circles you cut out on top of the cherries, and tuck the tops down to prevent spillage. Cut small slits into the tops of the pies and sprinkle sugar on the top, and they’re ready to be baked! Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the cookie sheet, turn oven down to 350, and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden and bubbling, then eat!
Hopefully this recipe gives you ideas for other pies to make in mason jars. There are many other pies you can try this idea with like blueberry pie, key lime, pretty much anything you can think of. These are perfect as small single serving personal pies, and are also quite easily stored! We hope you enjoyed this recipe, and if you are in need of any cherries or other fresh produce for any cooking or baking, we always have plenty in store at Goffle Brook Farms.