Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Cool & Creamy Layered Strawberry Dessert

Today my husband is 40. Yup. He's made the leap into the next decade. I think it hit him fairly hard actually. So I threw out lots of sayings to make him feel youthful again. You know the typical sayings: "You're only as old as you feel.", "40 is the new 30", "Glad it's you, not me". You know uplifting kind of things. Luckily he has a youthful wife who is a few (ok, a couple) of years his junior. I like to refer to myself as his trophy wife. ;)

So anyway, since Karate Guy's birthday is within the same week as dear old Brad's and I was tired of baking cakes on hot days I decided to make him a different kind of dessert for his fete. I remembered that Brad had asked me weeks ago to make this ridiculously easy, yet very pretty refreshing dessert for him so I made it today. It took less than 10 minutes to prep it (and 3 hours in the fridge) and I had a very pretty dessert that looked like it took a lot longer. Brownie points with minimal effort. Gotta love it!

Originally the recipe makes 8 servings but here in our house our birthday motto is "go big or go home" so I only made 5 servings and put them in large plastic wine glasses. Topped with whipped cream and some additional strawberry slices it was wonderful.

1 (6 servings) strawberry Jell-O mix
3 cups boiling water
1L container Cool Whip, frozen (I used reduced fat ... like that will help in this dessert)
2 cups strawberries - culled, halved and sliced
additional whipped cream
additional strawberry slices for garnish

In a large bowl, combine Jell-O powder and boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Add the frozen Cool Whip to the Jell-O and cut it into smaller chunks. Using a large whisk, beat the Cool Whip until it has combined with the Jell-O.

Meanwhile, divide 2 cups of strawberry slices among 8 glass cups (or 5 large plastic cups if you're like us) - as long as you can see through them so you can see the layers it's all good. Pour Jell-O mixture over strawberries. Refrigerate for a few hours. The layers will form while the mixture cools down.

When ready to serve, top each cup with whipped cream and additional strawberry slices.

Tip: Try using different kinds of Jell-O with different kinds of fruit. Just stay away from pineapple and kiwi because the Jell-O won't set if they're added.


Mags said...

Perfect birthday treat...especially for summer. And pretty too! (which I'm sure was important to him...LOL)

Laurie said...

Surprisingly he didn't gush and go on and on about how pretty it was. ;) It definitely hit the spot after the hot weather we've had.

Pam said...

Oh my gosh! Your dessert looks perfect and hope your hubby enjoyed his day! I'm new here and so glad to find you!

Laurie said...

Welcome to my blog Pam! I'm glad you found me. How did you find my blog, if you don't mind me asking. I'm always curious to hear how posters find little old me. :)

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