One of the best parts of baking, for me at least, is making something cute. I mean, of course you want it to taste good and all, but sometimes I get a kick out of that “wow” factor that comes with making something that nobody else does.
This is one of the biggest arguments my mother and I get into. Sad, right? She is all about taste and convenience. She makes cakes and pies, smears some frosting on and that’s it. As long as it tastes good, it doesn’t matter (to her) what the final product looks like. While she’s a fantastic baker, I think she’s missing out on the aesthetic side.
Enter me. The one who collects edible markers, special tips for frosting, and stencils for cutting shapes into pie crusts. I think the way a dessert looks is almost equally as important as its taste. This is why I often go nuts over extremely creative cupcakes while my mother thinks they’re gross.
Anyway, as the holiday season approaches, I can’t help but love all of the awesomely interesting things people are doing with pies. As mason jar recipes leap to an even bigger level of ‘cool,’ they are heating up ovens across the country with cute little mason jar pie recipes.
Check out this one from The Nerd’s Wife – Pumpkin Pie in a Jar:
They're not just adorable. They're perfectly proportioned and make the best holiday gifts.
Here's another super cool pie mason jar recipe from Young Married Chic: Spiced Apple Pear Pie.
Plus, it's a great time to try new/different/interesting pie recipes. Who wants to try to make a whole pie that might not come out the way you want it to? Not me. Definitely not my mom. So if you try this mason jar recipe for Pumpkin Apple Pie from Cravings Gone Clean and decide you love it, you can always make a bigger version for next time.
So which side are you on? Would you rather make cute recipes like these or skip the fuss and make a whole pie?