Pie Crust Hack

by | Kitchen Hacks, Pies

A pie crust hack is the perfect tip for individual size baked good; pies, tarts, quiche, cakes and bread rolls too!

I love making mini tarts, cakes and bread buns baked in removable bottom, frugally affordable, Ball Mason Jar Lids.

The size of any baked good is perfect for individual serving or easy to stack in the freezer for later enjoyment.

Raspberry Tarts
Raspberry Tarts

Kitchen Hack Tools 

Tools for a cook are like paint brushes to an artist; you can never have enough to make the job more interesting!

Ever notice how expensive the kitchen tools we want to buy have become? A muffin tin, a tart pan, removable bottom pans for mini buns, breads or cakes are all crazy expensive. 

Mason jar lids as tart pans
Mason Jar Lids As Tart Pans

Mason Jar Lids For Individual Size Baked Goods 

That’s all. Just the lid to a jar. You don’t even have to buy the Mason jar to get the lid, though depending on where you shop, you might find it more cost affective to just buy the jar with the lid. For example:

  • Amazon sells the lids, 12 lids in a pack
  • Hardware stores 
  • Local Farm supply store

Why Kitchen Hacks? 

I have a rather large family. We get together often and celebrate our lives, over great food. (Like, really great food because everyone in my family cooks and a few are professionals in the industry.)

I have found it so much easier to serve individual portions of desserts or savory pub pies rather than make large cakes or pies.

They often look better, there isn’t crumbs and filling falling out all over the place, and leftovers don’t start to dry out from having sliced an entire cake or pie.

A petite size cake, pie, bun, mini size anything, served neatly, and individually. 

Another smart thing to consider, is to make up a batch of pie crusts, or mini cakes in the Mason Jar lids, freeze them for a time when you are ready to use them.

They are little, store easily and are just a better use of your time. 

Pie Crust Hack

When making individual pies or tarts in Mason Jar Lids, any pie crust will work.

Make a savory pie crust for individual pub pies, adding herbs, or mustard to the crust. Equally delicious is a favorite pie crust for fruit tarts, pumpkin or pecan pies, adding nuts in the crust or make it plain.

The Lid, as a tart pan, makes it easy for the crust to pop out with a simple lift from the underside of the lid, just like you would do with a removable bottom pie pan. 

Strawberry tarts
Strawberry Tarts

Mason Jar Lid Kitchen Hack – Cakes 

Every favorite cake you might make, bakes fast and beautifully in the Mason Jar Lids.

About 1/3 of a cup of batter is all that is needed to make a lovely mini cake to be served as individual servings, and looks way better than a cupcake!

One batch of cake batter will make about 24 mini cakes in the Mason Jar Lids. Freeze some for later!

Individual spice cakes
Individual Spice Cakes

Mason Jar Lid Kitchen Hack – Bread Buns 

Bread buns are perfectly sized when made in Ball Mason Jar Lids. Perfect sandwich rolls, perfect slider buns, even perfectly shaped biscuits!

These beautiful homemade herb rolls made exactly one dozen rolls with my Homemade Bread Recipe.

After the first rise, simply cut into 12 slices, press into the lids and bake. Beautifully shaped and quickly baked in 18 minutes!

Individual bread buns
Individual Bread Buns

Mason Jar Lids Kitchen Hack Holiday Gifts Giving

When the holidays roll around and you are looking for a fun, practical and meaningful gift to give, I have the perfect solution!

Put together fun gift boxes for all those you will be sending parcels to. Put one box of 12 lids, into the package. Print out a recipe that can be easily made in the lids or even better, put one of my Muffin Madness cookbooks in the bag. Most of the recipes can easily be baked in the lids.

Put a few of the ingredients into the gift bag and you’ve got a thoughtful, affordable and fun gift for so many on your list!

I don’t know about you but when I was a kid, I always liked the gifts I could play with, more than the ones I could wear, and for me… this is like that, but for an adult!

 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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