The Amish love jello. Special meals often include some sort of jello salad or dessert. When I asked my Amish friend Priscilla for an Amish Christmas recipe, she gave me the recipe for a layered jello salad that her mother-in-law makes every Christmas. Her recipe reminded me of an old family recipe I often make at Christmastime. It tastes delicious and looks beautiful. Be sure to visit my blog this week if you’re interested in Priscilla’s original recipe.
My family and I made this favorite recipe this Thanksgiving…
- 1 3-oz. package of strawberry jello
- 1 3-oz. package of orange jello
- 1 3-oz. package of lime jello
- 1 3-oz package of lemon jello
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ cups whipping cream
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup butter
- Make crust by melting butter and mixing well with the graham cracker crumbs. Press all but ⅓ c. of crumbs into the bottom of a 9x13 dripper pan.
- Pour the strawberry, orange, and lime jello into three separate shallow pans.
- Add 1½ cups of boiling water to each shallow pan (1½ cups of water for each pan) and stir to dissolve the jello.
- Once the jello is dissolved, put the three pans in the fridge until the jello is firmly set.
- Make the crust and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, mix together ¼ c. sugar and 1 c. pineapple juice. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture boils, remove from heat and dissolve the lemon jello into it. After it dissolves, add ½ cup of water to cool it. Let the mixture set in the fridge until syrupy.
- Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Stir the lemon jello mixture into the whipping cream.
- Cut the strawberry, orange, and lime jello into half-inch cubes. Use a spatula to slide jello cubes from pans. Gently fold jello cubes into whipping cream mixture.
- Spread the jello mixture evenly over the crust and sprinkle remaining crust crumbs over the top. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
Jennifer Beckstrand is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Romance Writers of America. She graduated from Brigham Young University and worked for a brief time as an editor. She and her husband live in Utah, and have four daughters and two sons. Her latest releases are Huckleberry Christmas and An Amish Christmas Quilt.
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