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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.

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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.

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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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    mary fanara coleman says:

    I pinned this giveaway and shared on my pinterest Giveaways board….as labellaluna

  2. 153

    Chocolate Peanut butter mousse with some crushed oreo’s on top of course !

  3. 154

    I’d love to make cheesecake in a jar!

  4. 155

    Awesome giveaway!! This cookbook looks awesome and I love the look of that bread pudding. I would love to eat custard pie in jars.

  5. 156

    I pinned this on Pinterest

  6. 157

    What a great giveaway. I love the idea of having desserts in jars to make them as individual servings. I would love to have a trifle in jars, with layers of sponge cakes, fresh berries, ice cream, more cake, berries and top with fresh whipped cream. hm…I think I need to run to the kitchen and make some!

  7. 158
    Sandra M. says:

    Love the recipes. Would love to win the book.

  8. 159
    Sandra M. says:

    Just pinned.

  9. 160

    Individual souffles in a jar.

  10. 161

    Red velvet cake in a jar, yum!

  11. 162
    Debby G. says:

    What a fun giveaway! I would really like to eat some pie in a jar, maybe apple or berry.

  12. 163

    Not entering….only because I have this beauty already….just wanted to say that those look DELICIOUS!!!

  13. 164

    Ooooh! I LOVE jar recipes! :D I think those little pie desserts are adorable and make such sweet gifts, but I’d also like to make chicken pot pies and other savory bites! And I’ve seen bread done too and I think that would be just the neatest thing ever!!! :D

    Your bread puddings looks scrumptious! Thank you for sharing the recipe and for the entry! :)
    ~Miss Rachel~

  14. 165

    I shared this post on Facebook and Pinterest! :)

  15. 166
    Barbara says:

    I would love an ice cream sundae in a jar. Vanilla ice cream, warm hot fudge toppings with roasted peanuts. To die for.

  16. 167
    Kathryn D says:

    I would love anything including chocolate and peanut butter in a jar!!

  17. 168
    Phyllis says:

    Chocolate bread pudding in a jar would be divine!

  18. 169
    Heather Howard says:

    I would love to make her Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yummy!

  19. 170
    Heather Howard says:

    I shared on FB.

  20. 171

    posted to facebook

  21. 172
    Melanie says:

    The first dessert I would attempt in a jar would definitely be something including chocolate and the second would be something with cinnamon and apple. The book sounds awesome!!

  22. 173
    Jill Anderson says:

    Beyond adorable idea! And what a great way to take treats as gifts! I would love some kind of chocolate raspberry concoction in a jar, sounds heavenly!

  23. 174

    I would like red velvet cake

  24. 175
    Melanie says:

    Shared on FB

  25. 176
    Tania Manchaca says:

    I would love apple crisp in a jar!

  26. 177
    Tania Manchaca says:

    Is there a button to share the givaway?

  27. 178
    Tania Manchaca says:

    Shared on Pinterest and Facebook!

  28. 179

    Shared facebook and Pinerest, great idea. Thanks

  29. 180

    I’ve had cherry pie in a jar bookmarked FOREVER. They sound delicious.

  30. 181

    Desserts in jars have such an eye appeal – would love this cookbook! I think a recipe with creamy pudding and fruit would be great in a jar – store in the frig, and grab when you want it.

  31. 182

    This cookbook looks like it has some amazing desserts. I would like to see blueberry buckle or lemon pie in a jar.

  32. 183

    Just tweeted about it! Chanzy01

  33. 184
    Gail Lucero says:

    I would love a cherry pie in a jar!

  34. 185

    How bout something typically messy like juicy fruit crisp!? Although this bread pudding looks wonderful!

  35. 186
    Lynda M. says:

    I would love chocolate eclairs in a jar!

  36. 187
    Liz Tuggle says:

    I would love to make the dessert you posted….Lemon -Blueberry Pudding…sounds so good…and looks it as well

  37. 188
    Liz Tuggle says:

    Posted about giveaway on fb as Liz Morgan at link

  38. 189

    I’m not sure if Tiramisu is in this book, but that’s most definitely the dessert I’d love to eat. Out of a jar, on a plate, in a mug, through a straw… anywhere, anyhow!

  39. 190

    I shared this on twitter.

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    I pinned this on Pinterest.

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    susan b. says:

    i would love to make the pumpkin cheesecake!!!

  42. 193

    I would love to make lemon poppyseed bread in a jar!

  43. 194
    amy marantino says:

    i would like to make brownie sundaes in a jar

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    amy marantino says:
  45. 196
    Linda W says:

    You inspired me so I actually made Custard in a Jar today.

  46. 197
    Shannon says:

    Oh anything in a jar sounds delicious. Dessert period sounds good. But I think a bread pudding of any kind sounds great and cute in a jar.

  47. 198

    I would like to eat a Moose Tracks Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Sundae out of a Jar! That sounds yummy to me!

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  49. 200

    maybe apple pie

  50. 201

    Hmmm, so many options! I’d love to make my husband yummy desserts to take to work, first choice being lemon. But I think you can’t go wrong with any of them!


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