Monday, July 4, 2011

Red, White & Blue Jello!

You may have seen me post this once before, but I just had to re-share it once again! It's the best festive Jello recipe and is my post for today and tomorrows tutorial. Enjoy!

Not only is it fun to make, bit it looks so pretty when you cut it up! You can use any flavor, I chose strawberry and blue raspberry along with the sweetened condensed milk for the white layer…which ads a nice contrast and a delicious taste!

For each colored layer you’ll need:
  • 1 -3 ounce package of gelatin flavored powered mix
  • 1 package of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
Starting with the first color, mix it with it’s 1 cup of hot water. Carefully sprinkle it with the plain packet of gelatin. After about a minute blend the two. If you just dump the plain packet into the pre-made mixture with hot water. it will clump up and be hard to blend.
Set this aside to come to room temperature while you start on the next color.

For the White layer
  • 1-14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 packs of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups of boiling water
In a separate bowl, pour in the boiling water then sprinkle the plain gelatin over it till it becomes absorbed.
Blend. Then add the milk.

Once all your colors have come to about room temperature, you can begin layering. Select your dish and make sure it’s clean. You can use a flat Pyrex dish and have the dessert be cut up into gelatin squares, or use a decorative mold like the copper ones I collect. Either way, add a thin layer of non-stick baking spray to the pan. Be sure to also find a flat spot in your fridge prior to making the layers!

To layer:
It takes approximately 7-10 minutes between layers to set. Pour in first layer. Refrigerate till firm. Not sure if it’s firm? You can do the “tilt” test. Tilt your dish to see if the gelatin needs to set a while longer, try to refrain from poking your gelatin with your finger or you’ll have odd holes in your dessert.
If you are a perfectionist, you might want to keep a list of each color as you add it. While you are waiting for your dessert to set up, the remaining stuff might firm up a bit, you can always nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds to keep it runny.
When you have completed all your layers and the dessert has rested in your fridge for at least 30 more minutes, then you can bring it out to serve. If using a mold, run warm water quickly over the bottom and then lay a plate over the top and quickly flip dessert over onto plate. You should hear a “sucking” sound as it releases from the mold. If you are using a flat dish, quickly run warm water over the bottom then cut with a knife and use your fingers to pry up cut squares.
Ta Da!

Happy 4th of July !

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