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Apple Pie in a Jar – A Deconstructed Dessert

Apple Pie in a Jar – A Deconstructed Dessert


Nothing says summer to me like apple-pie. After running barefoot through the grass and swinging thought the willow trees at my grandma’s house during summer vacation, nothing was better than going inside for a slice of her special apple pie topped with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream. And in a bid to say farewell to summer and all things red white and blue and apple pie, there is apple pie in a jar

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While Grandma’s traditional apple pie is always a sure-fire winner,  I created a fun deconstructed variety that has all the apple pie goodness with a bit different presentation. Grandma had a perfect couple of tart apple trees out back she made pies with, but granny smith apples or regular apples with a spritz of lemon juice work just fine here. This will make 4 8-oz jars of apple “pies.”

If you’re gluten-free, just leave out the crusts from this recipe for a yummy gluten-free dessert!

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  • Five granny smith apples, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry tapioca pudding (in a box)
  • Rolled refrigerated premade pie crust
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, sugar, salt and tapioca. Pour into ovenproof baking dish and bake for one hour. I like to use a bread pan for this so the apples stay moist. Let cool.

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Roll out the piecrust and brush with milk. Sprinkle dough with sugar. Cut the circular crust into equal sized wedges and bake on a cookie sheet for thirteen minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.

Scoop 2/3 cup of apple pie filling into an 8 oz jelly jar, top with a small scoop of ice cream, a sugared piecrust wedge and a cinnamon stick to serve.

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This one was kid approved with four thumbs up!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.