Have you ever needed a gift for someone and simply had absolutely positively no idea what to get them? Yeah, me too. It’s horrible. In that situation it’s always easiest to grab a gift card (Amazon, anyone?), but that just feels so impersonal and frankly, thoughtless. I try to avoid those generic gifts whenever possible and the best way to do that (in my opinion) is gifts in a jar like bread gifts in a jar.
I’ve rhapsodized about gifts in a jar many times here on Freebie Finding Mom, so I won’t dwell on their numerous benefits too long. Let’s just do a quick recap in case you’ve never encountered my 25 Mason Jar Recipes: Holiday Gifts in a Jar post or other gifts in a jar articles.
Gifts in a jar, like this bread in a jar recipe I’m about to share, rock because they are:
- Easy! – Most gifts in a jar can be put together by a child.
- Fast! – Most gifts in a jar can be put together in just a few minutes.
- Frugal! – Most gifts in a jar require few ingredients and those ingredients are inexpensive.
- Heartfelt! – Gifts in a jar are not generic or impersonal. They really show thought and care.
When I don’t know the individual well, I typically go for edible gifts in a jar like cookie or bread gifts in a jar. While there are non-edible gifts in a jar, they typically require you to know something about the individual’s preferences. On the other hand, who doesn’t like tasty eats like Mason jar cookies?
However, if you’re trying to avoid sweets like cookies, this zucchini bread in a jar recipe is perfect. It’s also good if the individual you’re giving this bread gift in a jar to doesn’t have an oven (ex. college student). This bread gift in a jar is a great way to give a ready to go gift that the individual can enjoy right now.
This particular bread gift in a jar does take a little longer than most Mason jar gifts because you actually bake the bread, but the majority of the time required is hands off. The oven will do all the work.
This zucchini bread in a jar recipe is also really great if you need multiple gifts as each batch will make about 8 bread gifts in a jar. With that in mind, I would definitely consider using this if I needed a dish for a bake sale.
Bonus: While baking this zucchini bread in a jar recipe your house will smell amazing!
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2 Cups sugar
2 Cups grated zucchini
3 Cups flour
1 Cup + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
8 – 8 oz.Mason jars
1. Preheat oven to 325° then place jars and lids in boiling water to sterilize, remove carefully, and let them dry completely.
2. Grease Mason jars with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, zucchini, flour, 1 cup vegetable oil, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon with a hand mixer.
4. Fill Mason jars 2/3 full with batter.
5. Bake directly on the oven rack for 50-60 minutes.
6. Carefully remove jars from the oven and place the sterilized lids on right away.
7. Once cooled, tie a colorful ribbon or piece of twine around the top of the jars and place the lids back on.
Note: This bread gifts in a jar will last at room temperature for 2-3 days; after that time period the bread is no longer good.
Do you have other bread in a jar recipes? Please share in the comments!
Also, if you’re looking for other gifts in a jar, be sure to check out these Mason jar gifts with printable gift tags and follow Freebie Finding Mom’s Mason Jar Crafts, Gifts & Recipes and DIY Gifts Pinterest boards.