This past weekend I made the queen of all Jell-o retro desserts. It is the one I have oft admired in cookbooks and at the occasional potluck of my childhood: the Royal Crown Jewel Dessert, sometimes called broken glass cake or stained glass cake. I was sure the rest of my family would watch it jiggle, and giggle. Giggle they did at my excitement…but the delight over the result was mixed. No one who tasted it didn’t eat an entire portion but…they didn’t get the fuss. Maybe you will. Look at the pictures. Isn’t it beautiful?
Beauty? Amazing Crown of Jewels? It gets even better….look at the sliced product:
I bet you want to make this at home right? Make 3 or 4 different colors of jello using the small boxes. Use 1 cup hot water + 1/2 cup cold. Chill them in separate pans into gelled then cube them up into 1/2-3/4-inch cubes. Pop these back in the refrigerator if you do it early.
Then get out a small box of lemon or island pineapple jello. Add 1/4 cup sugar (you need more sugar! Jell-o isn’t just sugar already! Its the crown jewel!) and 1 cup of boiling water. Then add 1/2 cup of cold pineapple juice. Let chill until slushy (the complicated part…about 90 minutes in our fridge I think)
Then add 4 cups Cool Whip and mix in. Yes, that is right…feed your family the stuff you can use the leftovers for car wax. I used the mixer because I was tired and the cool whip was still somewhat frozen.Gently tumble in the cubed plain jello pieces and stir.
Line a springform pan with ladyfingers. Don’t forget that part! That part is infinitely interesting to kids. Who’s fingers did you use? What do you mean they are a not a cookie and not a cake?
Pour jello mixture into the ring of ladyfingers and chill overnight. Admire the odd beauty often.
Decorate with a few reserved jello cubes. What? I forgot to tell you to reserve a few…don’t worry, I thought I had reserved some and yet, none on the reserved ones were cubed. I have issues with cubing jello, it never turns out. In any case, it is so lovely it really doesn’t need a garnish…but you can of course, especially if you are good with cubing jello.