Lemon-Blueberry Bread Pudding {Desserts in Jars Cookbook}


Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding in a Jar

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 I like a dessert than can also substitute as breakfast……..put it in a jar so I can take it with me, and it’s gold!

The trend of food in jars is not only practical but oh so cute.  The concept of desserts in jars, a portable dessert, eliminates the worries about transporting your scrumptious handiwork that you have slaved over being ruined on the way to your dinner party or BBQ.

So it’s only fitting that my sweet friend Shaina Olmanson of Food For My Family recently published  Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, her first cookbook! Shaina is a wife and mother of four, who amazes me every day with what all she does, and still has time to be a great friend and makes it look so effortless, and now she has added “author” to her list of titles.

Desserts in Jars Cover

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Desserts in Jars is a treasure,  full of fifty recipes completely dedicated to desserts all in cute little jars. Shaina walks you through the basics of using jars for all kinds of dessert and then provides mouth watering recipes along with stunning photography for everything from cakes to pies, to custards and puddings, to frozen treats and mixes for gifting.

I wasted no time digging into every page trying to choose what I wanted to make first, and the Lemon-Blueberry Bread Pudding seemed to call my name.  I think it was the temptation of bread pudding bursting with a little summer delight that drew me in, and this recipe did not fail! I MAY have just had one for breakfast and another for a late afternoon snack yesterday alone.  Good thing this recipe was easy to cut in half, or my hips would be in BIG trouble.

I only slightly adapted Shaina’s recipe because I forgot to pick up mascarpone cheese, so I substituted with cream cheese.

bread pudding in jars at TidyMom

I also, did not have any stale bread on hand, so even though I filled my jars about 1/2 -3/4 full, they did not fluff up as much as stale bread would have…………but that did not effect the taste at all, or if it did, I can’t imagine the results tasting any better than how these beauties turned out.

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Don’t forget to pour the sweetened heavy cream over each jar before serving………It’s worth every calorie.

Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding from Desserts in Jars Cookbook at TidyMom

This bread pudding was not overly sweet and is one of the simplest desserts you can make! A zesty summer delight and comfort food at its finest with a punch of lemon and plump blueberries mixed throughout baked and served in your very own special jar  makes it all the more decadent.


Shaina has graciously offered to give one lucky TidyMom reader a copy of her cookbook Desserts in Jars, 50 Sweet Treats That Shine (Harvard Common Press). You’ll fall in love from the moment you open the cover.

Desserts in Jars Cookbook giveaway

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Congrats to the winner, comment #71 Teresa

To Enter:  Leave a comment on this post telling me what dessert you would like to make or eat in a jar! (if you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email)


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Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway begins on July 23, 2012 will end on July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. Prize value $16.95.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email by August 4, 2012 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and Harvard Common Press are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails. Winner will be posted on this blog post by August 4, 2012.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  By entering this giveaway, you have agreed to these rules.  Giveaway sponsored by Harvard Common Press .

Good Luck!

 Find more details on Desserts in Jars, author Shaina Olmanson, and view her beautiful video trailer

Lemon-Blueberry Bread Pudding in a Jar

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 jar

Lemon-Blueberry Bread Pudding in a Jar

very slightly adapted from Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson. A zesty summer delight and comfort food at its finest with a punch of lemon and plump blueberries mixed throughout baked and served in your very own special jar makes bread pudding all the more decadent. For the original recipe, purchase Shaina's cookbook HERE.


  • 1 pound rustic artisan bread, crusts included (preferably stale)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup cream cheese (or mascarpone cheese)
  • 3 cups whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 12 - 8 ounce jars


  1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease twelve 8-ounce jars. cut the bread into 1½ inch cubes, place in a large bowl, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and mix in the sugar and cheese. Add the milk, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice and beat until evenly combined. Stir in the melted butter.
  3. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread cubes and stir until all the pieces of bread are completely soaked. Allow the bread to sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir the blueberries into the pudding mixture and immediately spoon into the jars, filling each only half full. Place the jars on a large baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the tops of the puddings are evenly browned. Remove from the oven, set on a clean, dry towel, and let rest 15-20 minutes. Just before serving, pour the cream and agave nectar into a lidded jar and shake to combine. Drizzle over the top of the bread puddings and serve.

  I’m linking this post up at A Southern Fairtyale, Tasty Tuesday, Made by You Monday, Get Your Craft On


Disclosure: I was given a copy of Desserts in Jars to keep and another copy to giveaway.  All views, opinions and my love for Shaina and desserts of any kind are all my own.

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  1. I’ve seen some recipes out there for cakes in a jar, but I haven’t tried that–so that’s what I’d like to do! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Love this idea and will probably buy the book to give as gifts for Christmas presents this year so I need mine first so I can brag about what is good For me I want to make all the chocolate goodies!!! Thanks for this opportunity

  3. I love desserts in jars for all the reasons you stated, plus being an older lady, I have used canning jars my whole life for so many things.
    I would love to try this lemon blueberry bread pudding because they remind me of days gone by.

  4. I’m a huge bread pudding fan and this looks wonderful. I was just wondering how I could make apple pie in a jar for a friend’s birthday…gotta get that cookbook because I’ll bet there’s a recipe for that, too!

  5. I shared on Facebook ~

  6. I pinned it to win it

  7. I shared this contest and lemon blueberry bread pudding recipe on Facebook!!!

  8. This will be made before the summer is done!

  9. I’m interested in learning about making desserts in jars. Ive just started farming and canning, so this would be a great way to use canning jars. Any vegan recipes in the book?

  10. I just pinned and tweeted this post! I would love to win that cookbook.

  11. Id love to make s’mores in a jar!

  12. Inwould love to have S’mores in a jar!!

  13. L♥ve the concept!! Would love a “crisp” (apple, peach) in a jar!! Finger’s crossed 😉

  14. I tweeted @ilonat

  15. Pinned It!!

  16. I would love to make some sort of apple pie in a jar, these look great!

  17. I’d make the Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding, since that’s what drew me in! It looks amazing =)

  18. Shared on FB, twitter and Pinterest! Can’t wait to try the Lemon-Blueberry Bread Pudding!

  19. I shared on Facebook!

  20. Cherries are so abundant right now, anything with cherries would satisfy me 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity, looks like a fabulous book!

  21. I would love any chocolate desserts in a jar.

  22. I shared on facebook.

  23. Oh how I would use this! Have lots of jars and plan on doing a jar demo at church for young moms. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Shared on Facebook !

  25. I would LOVE to make something chocolate with Chocolate frosting! Mmmm (:

  26. I would LOOOOOOOVE a copy of Shaina’s book. I would make this Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding!

  27. Pinned on pinterest !

  28. Red Velvet Cake might look beautiful in a jar!

  29. I would love to try the blueberry/lemon pudding, but anything blueberry is my absolute favorite!!!

  30. I would love to try & make a version of Molten Lava Cake in one or something like chocolate chip bread & pudding layered or something along the lines! Yummo!!!!! Thanks for doing this & a chance to win! 🙂

  31. shared on Facebook

  32. I shared this on FB! 🙂

  33. I love the idea of Desserts in a Jar – Shaina is such a talent!

  34. I tweeted this Giveaway on Twitter

  35. oh I wish I could win, I love putting treats in jars

  36. I shared this on Pinterest! 🙂

  37. I cannot wait to try the peanut butter cup cupcakes!

  38. I shared this on Facebook.

  39. S’mores in a jar – yum!

  40. I definatly would try the Bread Pudding. My 87 year old Ma still makes it for us to this day! Her recipe goes back to the Depression, when her mother would make it. My Grandma was a young widow who refused to separate her children. So she made a home for them in a farmer’s garage. She took care of the farmer’s ill wife and in exchange got fresh eggs, milk etc. and would treat her kids to bread pudding for their birthdays. So whenever we have breadpudding it reminds me of Grandma:)

  41. Love this and sharing on facebook…so fun!

  42. What a cute and delicious dessert!

  43. Some sort of fruit pie in a jar would be so cute and awesome!

  44. I would love to make homeade ice cream in a jar

  45. I pinned & Tweeted!

  46. I would love to make a simple chocolate mousse in a jar, or a nice layered lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting, so you can get a bite of each! Maybe some raspberry preserves layered in there too. yum.

  47. A warm, fudgy brownie would be great from a jar!

  48. Oh I just LOVE this! And I have some fresh peaches that I would dearly adore to make into a peach cobbler in a jar!!! I SOOOO hope I win this!

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