Did you know that you can make a pie in a mason jar? Yep, its true! I am always looking for creative projects that use mason jars, so when I discovered you can use them for baking, I got super excited. When came across this key lime pie recipe and saw that it had a meringue topping (yum!), I knew it was something I wanted to bake. This is a tart pie with an awesome graham-cracker crust. Sometimes for beginners, baking a pie in a normal 9 inch pan is intimidating. Mason jar pies are a great alternative. Start small! Have you ever made a pie in a mason jar? I can't get over how cute they are and am excited to make a bunch more! Recipe below.
RECIPE (makes 6)
6-1/2 pint mason jars
1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease mason jars and arrange them on a baking dish. Combine and stir graham-cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Divide evenly among the jars and press the mixture flat into the bottom. Bake for 12 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool.
1 can (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice (around 20 key limes)
Lower oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks and key lime juice. Pour equal amounts of mixture into cooled jars. Return pies to the oven, and bake for 15-17 minutes; until the center is set but still shakes slightly when the pan is nudged. Pull out and let cool on a wire rack.
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
4 eggs whites
Beat sugar and egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer. Next, place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir until the sugar until it's dissolved and the mixture is warm. Using a stand mixer, beat on medium high until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes or longer. Finally, spoon meringue onto cooled pies and stick back into the oven one last time for about 5 minutes till the tops brown slightly.
Serve pies at room temperature. Garnish of lime zest if desire.