In The Kitchen: Pie In A Jar

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Rob maybe a wiz at whipping together a savory dinner but I definitely take the cake for yummy desserts. One of my favorites are apple pies in a jar. It’s a fun and easy way to serve your favorite apple pie and there are so many fun ways to customize. You can also give them as favors for a wedding or as a gift during Christmas time.

I was recently in NJ visiting my family and decided to make them as a treat for dessert.

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For 8 small wide mouth jelly jars I peeled and cut into small pieces 4 large apples. I used a mix between Gala, Granny Smith, and Cortland apples. I then mixed together a simple apple pie filling and added it to the cut apples.

3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Using Pillsbury pie crust I lined each jar making sure there were no cracks (about 3 crusts, 1.5 boxes).

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I filled each jar almost to the top but leaving room for the top layer of crust. If you plan to close each jar and bake at a later time make sure it does not pass the threshold. If you are going to throw them right in the oven you don’t have to worry about that as much.

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Using the 4th pie crust I cut out a top layer for each jar and used some fun cookie cutters for accents.

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I love using cookie cutters because you can customize the jars for any holiday or special event.

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I placed all of the jars on a cookie sheet and baked at 325 for 45 minutes. Cook time will depend on your over so you may want to start checking them around 35 minutes.

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Once cooled I topped with some whip cream and they were ready to serve! The extras can be covered and placed in the fridge to be warmed up at a later time. I always make extras for that exact reason.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Pretzel Rods ~ Yummy!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels v2

This year Rob, P, and I are visiting my parents for the holidays which means attending our family’s Christmas Day party. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I come from a fairly large family. This year there will be about 45 family gathered together on Christmas Day. One of the newer traditions we have started is a cookie exchange. It’s a great way to share recipes and take a yummy variety of treats home to enjoy on New Years Eve. There are some amazing bakers in my family so I really had to step up my game and find something yummy. I wanted to make something a little different and ended up finding this beautiful image on Pinterest of chocolate covered pretzels. Turns out, it was from a favorite blog of mine, My Blessed Life.  Since salty-sweet is a favorite of mine, I knew this was the one!

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What’s great about this recipe is that there really isn’t one at all! Just buy your favorite pretzel rods, Almond Bark chocolate and any toppings you fancy.

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I chose peppermint pieces, Oreo cookies, sprinkles and pecans. I used my Ninja to finely chop everything. This is really important because bigger pieces won’t stick to the chocolate covered pretzel rods. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate. In a perfect world, I would have melted the milk and white chocolate at the same time but I am still a novice baker. I melted the milk chocolate first and then the white chocolate later.

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Now, before you get all frustrated, take a look at what my first few looked like. After these first few, I was ready to give up because they looked terrible! Figuring out the best way to get the chocolate onto the pretzel was a little tricky.

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With the help of Rob and my Mom, we kept at it and 2-3 rods later, we had figured out a good rhythm.  I held the pretzel rod over the pot and used a spoon to evenly pour the chocolate on. Then I laid it on parchment paper so I could later trim the excess off and pick up the finished rod without it sticking. I did about 10 at a time and then sprinkled them with a topping. I found that if you sprinkle them too soon the toppings slips right off and too late they won’t stick at all. Make sure to have enough to practice on a few to get into a good rhythm.

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I have to admit these came out pretty good and they were very yummy! I got several positive comments on Christmas Day and was asked to bring them again next year.