A frequent commenter on this blog and I have been talking about old time Jello dessert recipes. My Mother was the Queen of the Jello refrigerator type dessert recipes and I have several of those recipes in my possession. Thing is, I couldn't find them.
I have Mother's old recipe box. I think it is actually Dad's recipe box. Mother's would have been organized and alphabetized. This one is full of clippings from magazines and newspapers, recipes written on the backs of old envelopes, recipes written on pieces of notebook paper and recipes cut from the backs of boxes and labels. I went through, piece by piece but no dessert recipes.
I carefully looked through all of my old cookbooks. No luck.
Then the light bulb went on and I remembered I had moved those recipes to my own recipe box. Sure enough. There they were.
As it turns out, only one of these recipes uses Jello. But if memory serves, the rest are so good that I am including them as well.
The following are written here as they appeared on the original recipe cards. Notes in parenthesis are mine in the hope of making instructions more clear.
Dissolve 1 pkg. (small size) lime Jello in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 2/3 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved.
Beat 3 egg whites until stiff. Add 1 tsp. vanilla.
Fold Jello into egg whites. Fold in 1 pint whipped cream (I think this means start with 1 pint of whipping cream - then whip) into mixture.
Crush 25 Hydrox (or Oreo) cookies. Butter pan (I don't know what size) and spread 2/3 of the crumbs on bottom. Pour in lime mixture. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Chill 12 hours.
18 - 20 graham crackers
1/2 lb. marshmallows
1/2 lb. butter
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1 can cherry pie filling
Crush crackers. Place 1/2 in 7 x 12 inch pan. Melt butter, add milk and marshmallows. Cook until marshmallows are melted. Cool.
Add cream which has been whipped.
Place 1/2 mixture over crumbs, then pie filling, then rest of marshmallow mixture.
Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Refrigerate overnight.
Strawberry Chiffon Dessert
1 - 1/4 cup milk
1 pkg. frozen strawberries (Many brands of frozen strawberries come in 10 oz. packages. Back when this recipe was used by my Mother, the berries came in 16 oz. packages. I would go with more berries rather than less.)
1 pint cream, whipped
1 loaf angel food cake
Melt in double boiler marshmallows in the milk. Cool.
Drain juice from berries and save.
Whip cream and add berries and marshmallow mixture.
Tear cake into bite sized pieces and put in loaf pan.
Pour mixture over cake. Chill.
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. corn starch
reserved juice plus 1 cup water
Cook until thick and chill. Spoon over pieces of dessert when served.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 can (6 oz.) evaporated milk, chilled
Line refrigerator tray (I'm not sure what a refrigerator tray is, but I would use a pie tin or a 9x9 inch pan.) with 1/2 the crumbs.
Blend lemon juice, rind, salt and sugar into well-beaten egg yolks. Stir over low heat until mixture thickens. Cool.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Whip chilled milk.
Fold egg whites and whipped milk into lemon mixture.
Turn into crumb-lined pan. Top with remaining crumbs and freeze.
Fluffy 2-Step Cheesecake
1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 8-oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 prepared graham cracker crust
1 can cherry pie filling
Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth (use wire whisk).
Gently stir in Cool Whip.
Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Top with pie filling just before serving.
1/2 lb. vanilla wafers
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs, well beaten
1 box frozen raspberries, drained
1/2 pint whipping cream
Crush wafers and line a lightly buttered 9-inch pie pan with half the crumbs.
Cream the sugar and butter well. Add eggs and blend.
Pour over the crumbs. Add a layer of berries. Cover with whipped cream. Top with remaining crumbs.
Refrigerate 24 hours.
May garnish with additional berries.
So there you go, SJ. :)
These are the recipes I remember from the 50's and 60's. None of them are fat free or sugar free or anything free. They are what we ate before we were supposed to be skinny. Personally, I am not fond of all those 'free of everything good' foods, which is probably why I love these desserts.
So go ahead. Live dangerously. And above all, enjoy.