Baking pies right in mason jars isn't a new concept, but you'd be hard pressed to find those as well as executed (both inside and out) as the offerings from NYC's Jam Jar Bakery. Created by Abby Lavin—an alum of the French Culinary Institute (as well as famed restaurant Colicchio & Sons and perennial baked goods favorite Magnolia Cupcakes)—the rich, all-natural pies are simply delicious and delightful. Each single serving dessert comes complete with a spoon and a touch of magic. Lavin devises new flavors each season and this summer's six all wow with gourmet mastery and full flavors.
"I bake them all in the jar. They go right into the oven like a little casserole," Lavin shares with CH. "I even print all my labels at home. They're also customizable, so I do events and catering and can print specific details, from dates to logos." And while pies in jars have been around for decades, there's something chic about these binge-worthy bites. "I've modernized it," Lavin concludes. "It's a classic offering with a twist."
Additionally, "We deliver all over," says Lavin. "Except for The Flea Nut, which is available only at the LIC Flea. That's a fudgey brownie base with a peanut butter topping. The Hot Fudge Toffee Crunch is our number one seller," she continues. "That's a fudgey brownie base with toffee and heath bar crunch on top." Both are wondrous, as is the Apple Pie offering, which lands that traditional Americana feel with sizable apple slices and a perfectly textured crumble. Regardless of which option especially tickles your fancy, each will surely meet the needs of the sweet-toothed out there.
Lead image by David Graver, second image courtesy of Jam Jar Bakery