I call this "Bavarian" jello because that is what I heard it called when I was a kid. It's flavoured jelly powder (Jello) mixed with whipped cream and it's delicious.
It is a quick, easy, frugal yet fancy dessert. I make it a lot in the summer in the heat but also now, when strawberries are on sale at the store. (Next year we will have our own strawberries in the freezer! - Next year we will be drowning in strawberries!!)
To make Bavarian jello you make up a jelly powder box according to the directions on the box. Mix one package with 1 cup of boiling water. This is easy when you keep a kettle on the woodstove. I always have boiling water on tap :-)
Stir it until it is dissolved. Then add 1 cup of cold water. I put chopped ice in the 1 cup measure before I add the cold water. It makes the jelly powder "set" more quickly.
When it is almost set, or half set, use an electric mixer and beat it with whipped cream. Put into whatever container you want to use and put it in the refrigerator. It will harden in a few hours.
I like to layer it with clear jelly powder and fruit in glasses. I used tumblers this time, as it was just a special dessert for hubby and not for company. If I am making it for company, I use the stemmed wine glasses.
This one pictured is strawberry. I made up one box of strawberry jelly powder and left it clear. When it was set I spooned it into the glasses along with some fresh strawberry pieces. I then spooned in the Bavarian jello with whipped cream. I saved some whipped cream to put on top too, and a few fresh strawberries for the top, as well.
You can make any flavour that you like. Raspberry is great, as is cherry! Raspberry chocolate would be dreamy! I haven't tried it yet. If you do, let me know how it is!
When you are finished with your glass, you can then give it to the dog to clean out. Buck prewashes all of our dishes and he loves dessert of any kind!
It went over well! There's nothing like a special summery dessert to brighten up those dull, gray winter days!
I also made a fresh strawberry cake with another of my mother's cake recipes. It's fabulous! I'll post that recipe soon!