This article will cover how actual restaurants make their dessert jars in great depth. It is really easy to do, as long as you have all the ingredients prepared. It also doesn’t require a lot of equipment. We will also cover how they make many different kinds, so that you can make various types from cakes, fruits, puddings, cookies, pies, and more.
Equipment used by restaurants to make dessert jars:
- Chef’s knife.
- Cutting board.
- Cutting board mat.
- Whipped cream dispenser.
- 16 ounce glass jars with lids.
Main ingredients used to make dessert jars by restaurants:
- Cheesecake is used as the main ingredient by restaurants for making their dessert jars.
- Whipped cream.
- Whipped cream is used as another main ingredient for making the dessert jars.
- The main flavor of the dessert jar.
- The main flavor of the dessert jar is what is used as one of the main ingredients for making the specific dessert jar flavor. For example, pumpkin pie dessert jar would use pumpkin pie.
This is the cheesecake used by restaurants to make the dessert jars:
It is a classic cheesecake that is made by Jon Donaire. This cheesecake is the bread and butter of the dessert jars. It is really good in the terms of flavor, and the guests can’t get enough of it. It makes all of the dessert jars taste the best. It is also really good to eat by itself.
If you can’t get your hands on this brand for some reason, then there are other New York style cheesecakes that you can buy for the dessert jars.
The cheesecake is best kept frozen (this is what restaurants do) before preparing the dessert jars. It makes it easier for the cheesecake to handle when it is time to make the dessert jars. It makes less of a mess, and it’s just easier to use.
When it is time to make the jar, the cheesecake slices are taken out and then cut into cubes with the chef’s knife on the cutting board.
Making many different dessert jar flavors.
Restaurants keep it simple when creating many different flavors and types of dessert jars. With the steps given below, use the custom flavor as the dessert jars main flavor, after the cheesecake layer is added.
For example, when gathering the ingredients, take cheesecake, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie (the custom chosen flavor) to make the layers in the dessert jar. Using pumpkin pie, for example, in the dessert jar as a layer, it will make a pumpkin pie dessert jar following the steps below.
To make tons of other cake, pie, and fruit dessert jars, simply substitute the custom layer for any of these besides the pumpkin pie. Strawberries for instance can be cut up into bits and used in the layer for the dessert jar where the custom chosen flavor would go. This would make a strawberry dessert jar.
Here is a list of a few dessert jar flavors that restaurants make that are really popular with the guests:
- Banana pudding
- Wafers can be added to the banana pudding layer if desired.
- This one is made a little differently than the basic custom chosen flavor way. This will be shown how it is made by restaurants after the steps for the basic way is given.
- Pumpkin pie
- Pecan pie
- Red velvet cake
- Any kind of popular berries
All these flavors sold fast in our restaurant, and they often sold out. The guests would sometimes wait for us to make more because they liked them so much.
You can make any dessert cake jar like this, not just red velvet cake. The cake works best if it is frozen first, then cut up into pieces. The same thing applies for the dessert pie jars. Any can be made using pie, not just pumpkin pie and pecan pie. It also works best if it is frozen first.
How Dessert Jars Are Made
1. Gather all of the ingredients.
Get the cheesecake, the flavor chosen for the dessert jar, and the whipped cream. After all the ingredients are gathered and set up, everything will be finished quicker once you start.
2. Gather all the equipment.
Set up the cutting board with the cutting board mat underneath it. Grab the chef’s knife, along with the whipped cream dispenser. Set up the whipped cream dispenser with the whipped cream in it.
3. Start by cutting the cheesecake into small cubes.
Take the frozen cheesecake and cut the slices into small cubes on the cutting board using the chef’s knife. Make sure you don’t cut yourself by having your hands or fingers in the direction that the chef’s knife’s sharp edge is facing when cutting. Safety first.
4. Begin crushing, cutting, slicing, or breaking the custom chosen flavor of the dessert jar into pieces smaller than, or around the same size of the cheesecake cubes.
This is where the custom layer of pie, cake, cookies, fruits, or what ever you want the dessert jar flavor to be will go.
For your flavoring you can simply buy the sliced fruits or bits from a store, or cut them and break them up yourself. Restaurants do both as necessary. To save time, they will buy the bits and pieces already ready to go.
5. Start by placing the cheesecake into the bottom of the jar.
The layer of cheesecake cubes will go in first. The layer only needs to spread out evenly at the bottom of the jar and fully cover the bottom surface. Make sure the layer of cheesecake cubes is as flat (leveled) as possible.
6. Place the chosen flavor of the jars layer next on top of the cheesecake layer in the jar.
After the cheesecake, the custom flavor of the jar is always next. Place the bits and pieces on top of the cheesecake layer and spread it out the same way. Make sure it fills the whole surface area, but the layer should be the same size (same thickness) as the first cheesecake layer.
7. Place a layer of whip cream using the whip cream dispenser on top of the second layer with the custom flavor.
The last layer is the whip cream in the dessert jar. Take the whip cream and start on the outer diameter of the inside of the jar, and begin making a whipped cream layer in a swirling motion from the outside to the center. The whipped cream will start at the edges inside the jar first, then swirl to the middle, fully covering the second layer.
Once the third layer of whipped cream is done, then the dessert jar should be around half way full. This is how you will know that you did your layers the correct size.
8. Repeat all the layers again in the same order until the jar is filled.
Repeat steps 5 through 7 again in the same order. Once this is done, you are finished as long as the jar is filled all the way.
9. Seal the jar with the lid.
It is finished. Seal the jar with its lid and wipe off the outer part of the jar if needed with a towel. If the grooves where the lid to the jar turns and screws on is messy, wipe this off before sealing the jar with the lid.
Brownie Dessert Jars
To make the brownie dessert jar, well crushed heath candy bits and chocolate pudding is added to the dessert jar as layers. First the cheesecake layer, then the brownie bits, then chocolate pudding, then whipped cream, then the heath candy sprinkled on the top of the whipped cream. This whole process in the same order would be done again to make the whole brownie dessert jar.
The pudding can be placed into piping bags first to dispense them more easily into the jar as layers.