Today’s post comes from our neighbor, Peg. Last summer I was excited to hear that a professional baker had moved into the house down the street. What luck! When Tim had his mountain biking accident, I came home from the hospital to find delicious Oreo cupcakes waiting for me. And Peg made a truly miraculous birthday cake for Lexie the weekend that Tim came home from the hospital. Peg’s cakes and cupcakes are quickly becoming legendary in our little town of Prescott. (Her dacquiri cupcakes are to die for.) Peg manages to bake hundreds of cupcakes without batting an eye, while somehow managing three very active boys.
Peg is kindly sharing her recipe for Stained Glass Jell-O. I’ve always wondered how this is made. Read on and enjoy!
Currently, my three sons are running circles around me. Literally. Okay, only two of my sons are doing the running, but still. In a rhythmic exercise session, they are running through the living room, kitchen, hall, and back again. “Hi Mom!”, “Hi Mom!”, “Don’t push me!”, “I’m beating you!”, “NO YOU’RE NOT!” BOOM! “WAAAAAA! I KICKED THE WALL!!”
They are like caged animals frothing at the mouth to get outside. And I am eagerly waiting for the day when, if one of them decides to grace us with his presence at 6:00 a.m., I can open the door and gently “relocate” him to the front yard. All without fear of frostbite and windburn. I imagine juice boxes growing from the trees just WAITING to be picked without any help from mom. And fishy crackers sprouting up in droves to satisfy a preschooler’s snack quest.
Okay, so the snack thing will always be my job, but at least I can look forward to the blissful quiet that comes from the exhaustion of children running for hours OUTSIDE.
My family is B-I-G on tradition. And celebrations. Oh, and anything that would require a party. So this recipe has always worked well for all of our family holidays. Very easy and versatile. I love that you can customize it to the theme of a party. For Halloween, I use orange and purple Jell-O (with a hint of black food coloring). Easter is all pastel, Fourth of July…you got it…red, white, and blue! My kids LOVE it!
Stained Glass Jell-O
6 small boxes of Jell-O (3 oz.) in different flavors
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
Dissolve each box of Jell-O separately, using just one cup of boiling water per flavor. Pour into individual containers and chill several hours (or even better, overnight).
Once solid, cut the flavors of Jell-O into small blocks and mix together carefully in a pan. I use a 10 x 14 sheet cake pan, but a 9 x 13 would also work.
In a separate bowl, dissolve 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in 4 cups hot water. Let it cool a bit and stir in the condensed milk. When it has cooled to the touch, pour the milk mixture over the Jell-O cubes and chill overnight.
When set, cut the Jell-O into small cubes. You can also cut larger squares and place them in cupcake liners.
Thanks, Peg! Can’t wait to try this with my kids.