Emily A. is a Hallmark editorial director with a knack for crafting some seriously tear-inducing cards…and some seriously smile-inducing gifts. Read on for an easy and tasty mason jar gift idea perfect for your Thanksgiving host!
This time of year you won’t have to look very far to find an opportunity to give someone a gift. Whether it’s celebrating the holidays with co-workers, expressing gratitude to neighbors or just sending someone a little long-distance love, this cake mix in a jar is a great way to say “Hey!” to someone who means a lot.
It’s also a great way to give someone a meaningful yet convenient experience. By giving your friends or family almost everything they need to bake pumpkin bread, you are giving them an opportunity to share a dessert with whoever is around their table. And because it’s shelf-stable, you are also giving them the freedom of baking when it’s easiest for them. Not to mention, this is a nice, edible gift you can actually mail with no problems.
The components of the bread mix look lovely inside the jar, and you can use any jar that holds one dry quart. Of course a mason jar works perfectly, and I think by now we all have one of those lying around in our cupboards. But spruce up this project with a jar or glass canister of a different shape or size if you’d like. Use a wide-mouth mason jar to allow easy filling and packing, and if you have a canning funnel, so much the better.
Round out this gift with these printable recipe cards and labels, to add a nice personal touch. (It’s always lovely to look back on recipes written in the penmanship of an old friend or family member, so I left room for you to write in the recipe yourself.) Include the full recipe in case your friends or family want to recreate this bread later on their own, but specify that all they have to do with the bread mix is add the three wet ingredients.
You could even include a small pie pumpkin (2-3 pounds) and a dozen farm fresh brown eggs from the farmers market. If you’re delivering this gift locally that would make a bountiful and beautiful arrangement.
Make a couple of batches all at once and have ready-made gifts just waiting to give when you need them. This would also make a unique addition to a bake sale. And it might not hurt to make an extra one to keep in your own cabinet, just for those times during the season when you suddenly find yourself in need of a pumpkin bread and no time to bake or buy one. You can whip up one of these in under an hour and with hardly any mess if the mix is already made.
Feel free to explore other recipes if you have a favorite vegan or gluten-free cake you like to make or give. Any recipe that requires mixing all the dry ingredients together first would work well in a jar.
Emily’s Deluxe Pumpkin Bread
For the mix:
- 1½ cups whole-wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon all spice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup choc chips
To finish the cake:
- 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- Prepare the layered mix:
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until well blended.
- Place mixture into a 1-quart jar and pack down.
- On top of the flour add the brown sugar layer, the white sugar layer and the oats, packing each one down before adding the next.
- Add the raisins and chocolate chips.
Give these instructions with the cake mix:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour a 9×3 bundt pan (or use two loaf pans).
- In a large bowl, combine 1 can of pumpkin, ½ cup of vegetable oil and 2 eggs, stirring until well blended and set aside.
- Place contents of jar into a medium bowl and mix until well blended.
- Add dry mixture into the pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended.
- Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (use less time for two loaf pans) or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
My recipe was inspired by this one, but I modified my pumpkin bread to include favorite spices and flavors and more whole grains.
Printables designed by Hallmark designer Leslie S.
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