I came across this on the Internet four days ago. After some searching and planning I did a test run of 7 jars. I tested a can of tart cherries and my tried and true pumpkin pie recipe. Both did beautifully. I ate the cherries and they were excellent and the crust was flaky in it's wonderful-ness. I will share with you the pie crust recipe I used as well.
You need 1/2 pint mason jars, of course. And they need to be straight sided, the "jar" shape won't allow you to get the darned thing out to eat! I thought the quilted jars was totally appropriate!!!!!
Then you need basic measuring utensils and these ingredients.
At the last minute I decided to do the crust mixing in the food processor. Yesterday I did it with the Kitchenaid mixer but couldn't' find my bread dough hook anywhere. You need to cut up the butter into smaller chunks and add to the dry ingredients. Pulse a few times to mix it to a cornmeally looking substance. Then unplug the appliance (for safety always!) and take the dough out, divide in half and refrigerate for 1/2 to 1 hour.
I prepared my jars by spraying some Pam in them, which I did not do the first time and Frank mutilated the pies getting them out of the jars.
I used the end of the rounded 1/2 teaspoon measure to push the bottom around because my hand would not fit into the glass. It worked if I was careful. Smaller hands would do better.
See how cute?
My helpers appear to be pretending to be nice doggies, but McGee was preparing to chew up my 2011 National Specialty jacket. That Basset Train is looking mighty close now........
TAKE THE LIDS OFF TO BAKE THEM!
I thought you needed to see a lot of pictures of the finished products Are they not wonderful? And the house smelled so good!
That was supposed to be a pumpkin but it got warped in the oven!
Here is some cherry goodness!
2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 c butter cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons ice water
place dry ingredients in processor bowl and mix. add butter that has been cut into 1/2 in chunks. process by pulsing a few times. You want your butter to be cut into the flour but not come to a ball, it needs to look more like a cornmeal substance.
Add water by tablespoon full until dough is thoroughly wet.
Divide in half, wrap in plastic wrap and put into fridge for about 1 hour.
Roll to your favorite thickness and use......