Sunday, 10 July 2011

Stained Glass Jello

My first attempt at Stained Glass Jello

In my search to find fun new Fourth of July treats to make I came across this ingenious little recipe for Stained Glass Jello (or Stained Glass ‘Jelly’ if you are in the UK).  Somehow I managed to not hear of it until now, but boy have I been missing out!
I came across the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker’s blog where she had beautiful photos of her red, white and blue stars made in honour of the Fourth of July.
Her photos definitely made me want to go out and buy some boxes of jello and get the kettle boiling right away!  And that’s exactly what I did...
I chose random colours that I liked the look of since I didn’t have a particular holiday theme to go with: black currant(purple), strawberry(red) and raspberry(pink).
I had to Britify the recipe a little, but I was easily able to find all the necessary ingredients.
Personally I think the condensed milk combined with the gelatine has a nice flavour all on its own (I fancy making a big bowl of it to snack on!) and its creamy sweetness offsets the fruity squares of the jello perfectly.
Just a side note, next time I make these I will not cut the squares with a serrated knife (oops!) so take heed not to make the same lil’ mistake yourself if you are keen to take a photo of them, unless you like the extra texture it creates?!
Here is the Britified version of Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe for Stained Glass Jello:
(she lists The Food Librarian as her original source for the recipe)
These quantities make a 9x13 pan of Stained Glass Jello which can be cut into whatever shapes you please.
Raspberry, Strawberry & Black Currant Stained Glass Jello

  • 3 packets of fruit jelly (colour combo of your choice)
  • 397g tin of Carnation sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 sachets of Dr Oetker gelatin
  • Water
1.     For each flavour of jelly, dissolve one packet in 8oz of just boiled water from the kettle.
2.     Pour into a smallish square container so the jelly is thick enough to cut into cubes once chilled. 
3.     Chill at least 3 hours, or overnight if possible, then cut each of the jelly flavours into small cubes.  Spread the cubes out in a 9×13 pan in the pattern of your choice.
4.     Mix two sachets of gelatin powder with 4oz of cold water in a medium sized bowl.
5.     Once the gelatin is mixed into the cold water, add 12oz boiling water and stir well. Stir in the full tin of condensed milk and let cool.
6.     Pour the cooled milk mixture over the jelly cubes in the 9×13 pan. At this point you can choose to skim off any small bubbles that are created from pouring the condensed milk onto the jelly, or not, it’s up to you. I found it difficult to catch all the bubbles so I left a few here and there which didn’t seem to have a huge effect on the finished product.
7.     Chill overnight or at least 3 hours until firm and then cut into desired shapes. Now share them with your friends, don’t eat them all yourself like I was tempted to do!

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