Mason Jar Bread #recipe

We all have those people in our life.  The ones who are crazy organized and ridiculously thoughtful and always have a gift in hand (and frequently homemade to boot).   Beat them at their own game this year by making Mason Jar Bread.  That’s right.  A quick bread you bake up and stash away for unexpected gift givers.  Ready to beat those DIY Kings and Queens at their own game?  Here we go

Bernardin Wide Mouth Mason Jars

Begin with wide mouth decorative mason jars.  You are going to need eight of them.

Creaming Butter and Sugar

Use the recipe I am going to give you at the end of this post to make up whatever sort of quick bread you choose. This is a recipe the Master Seamstress was given by her sewing partner in crime, Jane.  We made carrot pineapple this time, but feel free to make it into whatever you’d like.  Applesauce, banana chocolate chip, gingerbread.  Just be sure to add 2 cups of whatever ‘add in’ so the recipe works properly.

Greased Bernardin Canning Jars

Grease up those eight mason jars.  Do not use a spray – it will not work.  Jane uses straight shortening; the Master Seamstress recommends her homemade recipe for something called Pan-lease.  It is 2 cups of shortening blended together with 1/2 cup of flour.  I found the easiest way to grease them was to paint the bottom with a basting brush, then rub down the insides with my fingers.

Batter in Greased Bernardin Mason Jars

Evenly divide the batter between the eight jars.  There should be approximately 1 cup in each jar.

Mason Jar Bread in Oven

Distribute them evenly on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven.  Turn the jars once during the baking to make sure they are evenly browned.  Test for doneness with a bamboo skewer before taking them out of the oven.  Our batch needed an extra 5 minutes or so.  Start the sealing lids simmering near the end of the baking so they are ready when the bread is.

Baked Mason Jar Bread

You should end up with eight jars that look about like this.  Now, you need to work quick.

Sealed Mason Jar Bread Pop the lids and bands on speedy quick.  You will hear them begin to pop within a few minutes.

Closeup Sealed Mason Jar Bread

As the jars cool, you will see the bread pull away from the sides.  You can now be sure that your bread is going to come out so your recipient can actually eat it.

Decorating Mason Jar Bread

Now, about showing up those gift giving DIY-ers.  A wee bit of seasonal fabric will fix up these jars in a hurry.

Mason Jar Bread

Remember to centre a the fabric so some key piece of the pattern shows in the middle.  This is just the kind of trick those DIY-ers would pull.

Mason Jar Bread Ready for Gift Giving

For reference, the fabric needs to be about 7” square to turn out like this beauty that I have pictured above.

Mason Jar Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author MBAMama


  • 8 wide mouth pint canning jars
  • 2/3 cup shortening + more for greasing jars
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups of any of the following: canned pumpkin , mashed bananas, grated carrots, applesauce, shredded carrots, drained pineapple
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup nuts


  1. Wash and dry canning jars; grease each jar with shortening (do not use spray)
  2. Preheat oven to 325 F
  3. Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, and water
  4. Add in 2 cups of chosen wet ingredients
  5. Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture
  6. Divide batter evenly between jars (approximately 1 cup each)
  7. Wipe jar mouths clean and bake for 45-55 minutes; turn and rotate jars half way through to promote even browning
  8. Simmer lids so they are ready when the bread is finished baking
  9. As soon as the jars come out of the oven, put a lid and ring on each.
  10. Set aside to cool. Each jar should pop when they are sealed. Any unsealed jars should be eaten quickly

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