Friday, July 20, 2012

Desserts in Jars: Almond-Poppyseed Cakes

My mom was one of those people who had a great group of girlfriends wherever we lived.  There were always parties and get-togethers and celebrations.  Her girlfriends from Houston are affectionately referred to as "the Ya-yas," and their children have always felt like cousins to me.

As I write this post on what would have been my mom's 67th birthday, I can't help but think of how much she would have LOVED to bring a tray of desserts in jars to one of her girlfriend get-togethers.  I can totally picture her baking up a recipe and then digging through her quilting scraps for just the right fabric to tie around the jars.

There IS something special about Desserts in Jars.
This is Shaina Olmanson's new book, Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine...and it is a treasure.  Shaina walks through the basics of using jars for all kinds of dessert making and then provides luscious recipes for everything from cakes to pies, to bread pudding, to frozen treats, to mixes.

The photography is GORGEOUS!  Last year, I had the pleasure to meet Shaina and she is just one of those people you instantly love.  Knowing that there is a gracious and sweet person behind this book makes it all the more wonderful.

I chose to make the Almond-Poppyseed Cakes.  They ARE incredible.  What I really loved is that almost every bite had some of the buttery goodness from the buttering the insides of the jar.  Extra butter.  Mmm...
You must try them.

{I was a little worried about finding jars, but right in my grocery store, there were oodles of them to choose from. OODLES!}

Here's your chance to WIN a copy of Desserts in Jars for your very own.  Use the widget below (if you are reading this post in an email, click over) to answer the question provided.
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Almond-Poppyseed Cakes in Jars
{with permission from Desserts in Jars}


Makes 12 individual almond–poppy seed cakes

Ingredients
·       3 tablespoons poppy seeds
·       2 tablespoons boiling water
·       1¾ cups all-purpose flour
·       3 tablespoons cornstarch
·       2 teaspoons baking powder
·       1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
·       1½ cups sugar
·       4 large egg yolks
·       4 large eggs
·       2 teaspoons almond extract
·       1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·       ¼ cups sliced almonds

Directions
1.     Place the poppy seeds in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and stir to coat. Allow to sit for 1 hour, stirring halfway through.
2.     Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease twelve 8-ounce jars with butter. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder in a medium-size bowl and set aside. In a large bowl or in a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. In a separate bowl, lightly beat together the egg yolks and eggs. Alternate adding the flour and the eggs to the butter mixture, mixing after each addition. Stir in the almond extract, the vanilla extract, and the moistened poppy seeds.
 
3.     Fill each jar half full with batter and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops of the cakes spring back when tapped. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Desserts in Jars...Shaina's book makes it a delicious art form. You'll love it.

51 comments:

  1. At least you have such wonderful memories of your mom!xxx I have to admit - Iwould have gobbled that up as soon as it came out of the oven. Looks so good! That book looks fantastic too - I have seen it popping up every where!

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  2. Looks heavenly Bridget! Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Looks delish! I love anything with poppyseed!

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  4. What a sweet post Bridget. Shaina's book is on my list for sure. It looks wonderful!!

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  5. Thank you for posting this! I've been searching for an almond poppyseed muffin recipe for years and couldn't find a single one. I'll be trying this recipe out this weekend and will look for the book. Thanks

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  7. How sweet that you know your mom would find just the right fabric to make it pretty!
    Jackie

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  8. I think one of my favorite flavors in the world is almond, and then you go and throw in poppyseeds and bake it up in a gift jar??!! I know what my friends will be getting for the holidays this year!! If I don't eat them before wrapping, that is. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this delightful recipe and oh how I would love to be the lucky winner of this awesome cookbook. There is NOTHING better than receiving a homemade gift ... except, of course, making them!

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  9. Thank you for the awesome opportunity! My daughter and I have just fallen in love with jars this year and I can't believe there's a book on cooking with them. It's so nice to hear memories of your mother's friends. I am going to try the poppy seed recipe this weekend.

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  10. Dessert in a jar is a really cool concept and the ones you made look absolutely beautiful! You just gave me a really great idea for the favors for my friend's baby shower. I love poppyseed muffin so I would love to try this recipe. Thanks for the giveaway, it seems like a great book.

    - Priti

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  11. Desserts in Jars is a lovey cookbook, thanks for giving me a chance to win.

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  12. This book has been on my wishlist for a while!

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  13. These are so cute, I'm not sure if I'd rather eat them or kiss them! Or maybe just dress them up and take their photo all day?

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  14. I recently discovered desserts in jars and I love the

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  15. What fun! I'd love to have this cookbook and learn all about desserts in a jar!

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  16. Where did you get the tags? I am a complete sucker for packaging.

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  17. I love your blog although I am completely inept at decorating. I wanted to enter for the Deserts in Jars giveaway (because I found this mom-and-pop hardware store in my neighborhood that sells canning supplies and I want to support their business), but I don't have Facebook and I can't figure out how to enter. Anyway, I think you are very creative and I will buy your book and the jar book eventually.

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  18. Thank you for this recipe! My husband's favorite muffins are Almond Poppy Seed, but all I could ever find is a box mix. Yuck! So now I can surprise him and make them from scratch!

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  19. I am so anxious to try theses! The book looks wonderful, too! Hoping to win but, if not, congrats to the winner. This recipe you made is definitely a winner! :) Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies

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  20. A cake in a jar....the cutest thing ever. Haven't tried it yet, but am itching to. Thanks for the recipe. That's on tonight's agenda!

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  21. I found your blog yesterday and just love it and wanted to let you know. The pictures are wonderful and the recipes look great. I haven't ever made anything in a jar but would love to try this. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. tnjensen@comcast.net

    How fun!

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  23. Thank-you for sharing ! The book looks great... And I think I have to get it, even if I need a translator because of my bad English...

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  24. Now I want to make dessert in jars. They are super cute. I may have to get this book.

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    1. This looks so fun!!! I'm so happy I discovered your blog AND see that you have a book coming out, too!

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  26. Absolutely love poppyseed in cake, usually lemon or orange, but the addition of almond sounds lovely too!

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  27. This poppyseed cake looks delicious, and the presentation is so cute. I've been wanting this book for a while now. It's definitely on my wish list. Thanks for sharing a recipe!

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  28. I love canned cake. I make "canned Cupcakes" and sell or give them away. These are so fun and easy. You don't have to worry about the icing staying "pretty". Thanks for the book giveaway.

    Shirley

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  29. Thanks for sharing!
    I love all your receipts
    xoxo
    Luisella

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  30. How perfect would these be on a picnic?? I think I should get that book so I would be encouraged have picnics more often :)

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  31. Very cool. Yes, Mom would have loved that!

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  32. Oh my can't wait to receive the book. This is so cool.

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  33. I'm not entering the contest for the book. Just wanted to say how lovely your poppy seed almond cakes look. Also, what you said about Shaina and her book is what I'm feeling about your upcoming book (...knowing that there is a sweet and gracious person...)
    I'm thinking that you are very much like your mother was and I think it is so wonderful that your feel the children of her girl friends are like cousins to you. I'm sure all of them are remembering that this was her birthday too.

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  34. Why is it that everything in little jars looks even better? These are absolutely adorable and it looks as though Shaina's book is gorgeous and full of fun ideas.

    I have a feeling that your mum and her friends would have loved these pretty desserts.

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  35. How fun!!! I'm in for a chance to win!!

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  36. This looks like a GREAT book!! I'm going to have to give those little treast a try!

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  37. What is it about little jars that make everything look perfect? I want to make these right NOW!! lol Thanks for sharing1

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  38. Looks fantastic. I can't wait to make it. Looooove almond cakes.

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  39. Desserts in jars are SPECIAL. They remind me of my momma too.

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  40. those look really good.. And they are beautiful.

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  41. I just found your blog, LOVE IT!! I can all summer, when the jars are empty they just sort of take up space until the following year, but wouldn't it be cool to bake in them!! I'm excited about trying this!
    Looking forward to visiting your blog often!

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  42. Such sweet words about your mom. Shaina's book sounds amazing and I would LOVE a copy!

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  43. Looks delicious! What a great taste and food texture this must have, thanks!

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  44. Has anyone checked with the jar makers to see if baking in them is recommended? I don't think it is. I've had brand new jars shatter unexpectedly in a water bath canner at 212 temperature, even when used according to directions. I would be very leery of using the jars in a 350 oven. Does the book come with a disclaimer about the jars possibly exploding in the oven?

    I hope this book discusses proper storage, too. Those Internet-popular cakes in jars sealed with lids during cooling are not safe when stored at room temperature, despite what you might read online about people "never having problems." Read about those cakes on actual food safety sites and it's a whole different story.

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  45. The cake looks great. I have to keep an eye out for that book.

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