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All Hail the Jam Jar – Part 2

16 Jun

Well, I seem to have had a lot of interest in my article on the lovely jam jar, and I just came across some new ideas on how they can be used in a creative way, so I had to share it with you.

www.notmartha.org has some great ideas of creating pies and puddings in jars, which would be a great way to serve up your dessert on your special day. And, you could personally decorate the jars, and people can take them home with them after the event.

The ideas are for:

Blueberry cobbler baked in jars

 

Pies baked in jars (you can do any kind of pie)

Firecracker chocolate pudding

[spicy chocolate pudding in jars]

The chocolate pudding idea is so quick and easy, and requires no baking. How about trying this with Nigella Lawson’s recipe for chocolate pudding (I have tried this and it is divine!)

After feeling inspired by these ideas, I did a quick internet search for some more inspiration, which produced some more fantastic ideas! See below:

These ideas (above), including the genius muffin baked in a jar, came from Sweet Dream Events, in an article they did on jam jars.

Above, is a fantastic recipe and idea for Guinness Chocolate Pudding, courtesy of Butter Plus Cream.

Christmas pudding trifle recipe

Above is a recipe from the Good Food Channel for Christmas Trifle.

Wow, the photos above is of S’Mores Cakes in jars, which I found through Janna Beecham. The original ideas comes from How Sweet It Is. Yum!

Dessert in a Jar 2

Darling Notes is where I found the lovely two above. She found them from Babble, in an article about 15 dessert recipes for jam jars!

So, let’s get creative!

tipples

16 Aug

Creativity is key when it comes to the tipple(s) of choice at a wedding.

For something a little out of the ordinary why not serve cocktails in a more obscure way. Perhaps you could even create a cocktail yourself.

A cheap chic ways to serve your cocktails is in jam jars. OK, sounds a bit weird. But it oddly works if you use your creativity. Why not print out some stickers with your names and date on to make it a little more personal.

If you are trying to work within a tight budget, a wedding at this time of year can work around some seasonal, British fruit. The cheapest of which are free – blackberries. You can find these in abundance all over the country, and if you find some grab some punnets and get picking. You can easily gather over a kilo in less than an hour if you find a good supply.

The classic cocktail utilising blackberries is a bramble. To make it ultra personal, try making a blackberry liqueur yourself at home!:

Here is a recipe courtesy of homebrewunderground.com

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (Important: If frozen berries are used, measure them while still frozen, because in a thawed state, they will shrink to about half the volume)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 80-proof vodka
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sugar syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Step One Directions:

  1. Put berries and sugar in 2 Qt. Mason jar, then crush berries with a wooden spoon, then let the mixture stand to allow juice to develop.
  2. After one hour add the vodka and brandy, then shake the mixture thoroughly until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the sugar syrup, then add the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Macerate at room temperature for 2 weeks.

Step Two Ingredients:

  • 100-proof vodka

Step Two Directions:

  1. Strain and filter.
  2. Blend with 100 proof vodka to taste – About 8 parts strained and filtered liqueur to 1 part 100 proof vodka