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Jar Excellence-6 fabulous recipes for desserts in a jar

Christmas is the time for fun and food where feasting and merry making is topmost on the agenda. Desserts in a jar have been a food trend for a while now. With the party season commencing these fit in all the more perfectly. Well there is no rocket science involved in creating a dessert in a jar; all you need is a beautiful jar and some sweet deliciousness to fill it with! So we give you some interesting recipe ideas to create, capture and finally eat some gastronomical delights sitting pretty in a see through jar!


Tiramisu Tiramisu literally means ‘lift me up’ and is one of the best desserts to make and serve in a jar. Not only do you get distinct flavours from the coffee, mascarpone and cocoa, but you also get to see these distinct layers through the jar. Tie the neck of the bottle with a pretty ribbon and voila you have a restaurant style display of pretty desserts at your next party.

Fruit Cheesecake jars

Fruit Cheesecake jars – who doesn’t love cheesecakes. When these delicate desserts are in a big jar they are more comforting to eat. Try making blueberry, strawberry, mango or any other fruit flavoured cheesecake. Add in a layer of fresh or candied fruit over the cheesecake or make multiple layers using different ones. You can also add cookie crumbs for an extra crunch in the cheesecake.

Rainbow cake Jar

Rainbow cake Jar – A rainbow cake is all about the different layers of the cake being distinctly visible and beautiful.  What better way to present these than in see through jars. That way you have no fear of distorting the beautiful layers of the cake while trying to cut a slice! You can make different coloured and flavoured sponge cake and crumble these into different layers in a jar – makes things way simpler.

A Mithai Jar

A Mithai Jar - While most people stick to making cakes in a jar, how good do you think your dessert jar would be if you tried making one with Indian sweets?  How good does a layer of creamy rich rabdi over some mini rasgullas sound? You can try making these with different coloured rasgullas or use different flavourings in your rabdi. Add gulkand or orange syrup to it. Garnish with fresh chopped fruits and dry fruit slivers or even some chaandi ka warq if you must. This is more interesting and definitely prettier to look at!

Fruity yogurt jars

Fruity yogurt jars - Desserts in a jar don’t necessarily have to be laden with calories. Make a healthy dessert with layers of fresh fruit. Use cubes of your favourite fruit or better still a mix of many and top these with layers of sweetened or flavoured yogurt, some crunchy muesli, healthy chia seeds and nuts for guilt free dessert experience.

Don’t keep it transparent – Make an assortment of popular desserts in a jar and play a guessing game at your next party. Use opaque jars and make your friends guess what’s in it by eating a spoonful. You can use different combinations and recipe ideas, plenty of which you’ll find on www.sanjeevkapor.com. Make a fusion dessert like a motichoor cheesecake jar and watch as your guests eat spoon after spoon of it, trying to guess what such deliciousness in a jar could be!
So while you enjoy your desserts in a jar, do not forget to get a spoon with a long handle so you aren’t struggling to get to the gorgeous bottom bits of your dessert!

With the dessert taken care of in a jiffy, it gives you plenty of time to prepare some of the more traditional Christmas goodies, that we just can’t do wit out! Recipes which will put you and those around you in the perfect festive spirit! Try your hand at some of these this Christmas and let the joy of cooking take over!

Date walnut Cranberry CrispChristmas puddingChristmas Cookies, Chicken Roulade with Cranberry SauceMulled WinePaprika and Parmesan Roasted Potato WedgesLemon Roast Chicken with Baked VegetablesMelon in White wine Syrup

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.