Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bavarian Jello

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!


Ali said...

Yum, that looks quite lovely, the colours are particularly pretty. I haven't made jelly since I was a child, I will have to give your Bavarian recipe a try!

The Squirrel Family said...

looks great , theres a french dessert called Bavois i wonder if thats where the name comes from , very tasty looking anyway

Good luck with your strawberries , ours are just poking their heads through after 8 weeks under a foot of snow :)

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

Oh my, our strawberries are still under 2' of snow and will be until early March! How Heavenly it would be to have the snow melt now!

Michelle's Green Thumb said...

I had to pick some up in the grocery store the other day as well - just for that hit of exotic at ths time of year.

Mom2fur said...

My mom makes this and we call it "Bavarian Cream," too! It was a holiday must when we were growing up. Mom puts in cut up grapes, oranges and chopped nuts, plus she tops it with mini marshmallows. I don't think we ever had it with strawberries, though. What a great idea!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Sounds like good stuff.

Buck's nose is huge!

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

Lol! It is huge - he's huge!! No pictures will show you just how big he is. He's just a big teddy bear sweetheart.