I am not too fond of baking, especially during these hot summer days and nights. However, I am very fond of dessert.
So I often experiment with easy and palate-pleasing desserts. Because these experiments usually take place on nights that I entertain guests, I aim for desserts that look fancy, too. That way, if they don’t taste good, at least they looked good.
A few years ago I figured out that instant pudding can be a very good resource for almost any baking session or dessert. I add it into my breads and cookies, and I like to have a supply of boxes in an array of different flavors on hand for my five-minute dessert in a jar.
After a recent craving for pistachio when I had a supply of fresh berries on hand, I whipped up some pistachio instant pudding, ground up some Nilla wafer cookies, layered fresh berries and topped it all with a scoop of ice cream.
It was heaven — and my guests thought so, too.
Since then, I’ve experimented with different layers and had guests make their own desserts in a jar by supplying a few different pudding flavors, cookies and toppings.
Here are two dessert-in-a-jar recipes that I enjoy. Have fun with flavors and have fun stacking summer colors in a glass Mason jar.
Brittany Arnold is the Douglas County Moms editor and writes a monthly column, My ABC Soup, for The News-Review. She lives in Green with her husband and two daughters.