Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HOLIDAY LAYERED JELLO MOLD for People Who Don't Like Jello


Tomiko phoned from Northern California last night and asked me for my recipe for an old fashioned jello mold that’s sure to please everyone!

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I make it in a teflon angel food pan that I first lightly wipe with Wesson Oil…..

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Actually this recipe could be enough for two large molds and I usually just use a glass bowl for the second mold.


Add 2 cups boiling water to one large package of Lemon Jello and stir ‘till dissolved then add

1 1/2 cups very cold water and place in the refrigerator until it’s slightly thickened.

Place a THIN layer of the Jello in your mold and on top of that add pineapple sections (as shown), Maraschino Cherries and if you like…green pears, arranging in a design that pleases you. On top of the fruit place a little more of the Lemon Jello.  Refrigerate until firm.


Add 2 cups boiling water to one large package Strawberry Jello stirring to dissolve.

Add ONE cup very cold water and refrigerate until it starts to thicken.


Whip thoroughly until it’s light andf frothy and more than tripled in volume.


2 sliced bananas

1 or 2 small cans of crushed and thoroughly drained pineapple (I then squeeze the fruit in paper towels to make sure all the liquid is out)

At least 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

About 7 sliced Marachino Cherries

You may also add small marshmallows if you like but they will be in the dressing)

Lightly fold in one large carton of Sour Cream so that it stays in chunks

Pour into mold and refrigerate until firm.


Add 2 cups boiling water to one large package of Black Raspberry Jello (or Black Cherry).

Drain one can or jar of Boysenberries using the liquid to make a portion of the 1 1/2 cups cold water you’re adding next.  When slightly set, add the drained Boysenberries and place in your mold.

NOTE:  I would make this the day ahead as the bananas don’t keep too well.

To un-mold I fill the kitchen sink with very warm water and jiggle the mold about in it for a few seconds ….lift out and using a sharp knife, go along the outside of the mold to check if it’s loosened.  Place a large plate or platter on top and carefully flip over.  If the mold doesn’t easily come out take a hot towels and place around mold to loosen.  Garnish as you please.


MYSTERY DRESSING FOR YOUR JELLO MOLD , otherwise known as The Pink Stuff (See if anyone can tell what the ingredients are)

Melt one 10 1/2 oz. bag of miniature marshmallows in a double boiler with

the juice from one large jar of red Maraschino Cherries 

Stir occasionally until completely melted.

Remove from heat and add about 12 diced Maraschino Cherries and one large carton of Sour Cream combining thoroughly.

Wishing you a delicious Christmas!

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