Jam Pie Squares

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Sunday nights at our house never involve me actually cooking dinner.  My rule is “If you can find it, you can eat it”.  We do help the younger ones get their dinner – I’m not cruel!  Last Sunday night we were making French Toast and I remembered the pie crusts I had bought to try Homemade Pop Tarts.  I decided to put the Pop Tarts on hold and try frying little jam squares on the griddle.  The result was delish!

These little treats only have 2 ingredients.  Jam and pie crust.  The nearly empty jar of strawberry jam is evidence that I count you all as friends.  If I was trying to impress, I would have at least pulled out a new jar of jam.  You are impressed by the full jar of Walmart brand apricot jam, right?  No?  Alright, we’ll just move on then.

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I cut the dough into squares about 2 or 3 inches wide.  Then I spooned jam into the middle of the dough, leaving a bit of edge to work with.

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Put the top on and crimp the edges with a fork.

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See that little bit of jam peeking out?  That proves it’s made by hand.  (Okay, assembled by hand since it was store bought crust.)

I put them on the griddle at about 300 or 325 degrees in a bit of butter.  I wanted them to cook a bit slower so that the crust got done.

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The lumps of bread next to the jam pie are french toast.  We were trying to redeem end pieces of Depression Era Bread.  It’s Sunday night dinner, remember?

I didn’t worry about making all the squares perfect, or even square.  After all, you can’t get all squares out of round dough without a lot of waste.

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I think this one looks like the State of Indiana.

Make these.  You won’t regret it.

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Comments

  1. oh yum….they remind me of my grandma’s fried pies when I was little…..

  2. I have been wanting to try homemade poptarts for a while now!
    These look great!

  3. I can’t wait to make these! I have a jar of off-brand apricot preserves right now too! This would be great for a little dessert too. Just add a little vanilla ice cream.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Tiffany says:

    Looks Yummy! So simple too…those are the best recipes anyway. Definitely going to try these out.

  5. mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  6. Those look divine! Wonder how they’d be with a cinnamon/sugar mixture and just a touch of butter?

    • Julie, I like to do pie crusts with cinnamon sugar and butter. I usually use scraps and then roll them like little cinnamon rolls. They are yummy. You could do them as squares too. Maybe even with brown sugar and cinn. My daughter did a whole pie crust with peanut butter and chocolate syrup this afternoon. My kids ate it up before I got a taste.

  7. These sound really good. Amazing what you can do with a few ingredients and a little imagination.

  8. my kids loved these! I made them using apple butter.

    • Oh, apple butter! I bet that tastes like a fried apple pie, the kind made with the dried apples. What a great “cheat”!

  9. I make these too but I bake them instead of fry them. It makes it taste like a nice little pie treat that’s for sure. I have had this recipe passed down through generations with my family.

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