Friday, 3 May 2013

Broken Glass Cake!

I can't help it, I see a wacky recipe and begin to look for an excuse to bake it... except this time there was no baking involved! A refreshing summer pudding and the perfect party alternative to jelly and ice-cream (a lot more grown up). The recipe itself is one that was run on the back of Jello packets in America in 1950s. It's easy to make but takes time to set so make a day ahead.

2 packets of jelly (4 half packets for lots of colour really) choose your favourites
300ml whipping cream
100ml pineapple juice
1/2tsp powdered gelatine
1/2tsp vanilla extract

  • Make the jelly up as per the packet instructions and chill until set
  • Put the pineapple juice in a sauce pan and sprinkle with gelatine, allow to dissolve
  • Heat this gently until melted, remove from heat and add 50ml of cold water, leave to cool (not set)
  • Whip the cream and vanilla until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Whisk in the pineapple mixture.
  • Chop the jelly into cubes
  • Add to cream but DO NOT mix as this will cause your jelly to break up
  • Pour into a lined 6" cake tin and leave to set preferably overnight but at least for 3 hours 

This really is a delightful pudding. One which I think will be a big hit with the kids tonight and possibly a big hit with the adults! So here's to summer, get the BBQ going and have yourself a broken glass cake for dessert!