Reading through a gelatin cookbook (something published by either Jell-O or Knox, usually) is an exercise in controlling nausea. These are the people that brought you such brilliant innovations as Frankfurters in Goo, or Pie Plate Salad — not known for good taste.
I was feeling rather over-berried today — strawberries have been on sale in supermarkets, the local health food store, and the farmers market, plus Daughter went on a field trip to a local strawberry patch and brought a load home. Since I had peach-flavored Jell-O on hand, I made a peach version of this instead.
- dissolve 1 package (3 oz.) any flavor of Jell-O Gelatin in 1-3/4 cups of boiling water
- stir in 1 pint of vanilla ice cream until melted
- chill until very thick
- fold in 1 cup of drained, sweetened, sliced, fresh strawberries or 1 package (10 oz.) drained, thawed Birds Eye Strawberry Halves
- pour into 8″ crumb crust
- chill until firm
- garnish with more berries
Oddly, the recipe inventors (and/or marketing department) seems to have had little confidence in this recipe being able to stand on its own. It’s combined with an offer to send you a quarter if you send in 6 Jell-O boxes. Unfortunately, the 25 cent rebate offer expired in 1963. (Just missed it!)
Just like Pie Plate Salad, this is a “dump and mix” recipe. Simple to do.
I actually deceived myself into thinking this was even easier that it is, and dumped the jellied ice cream into the pie crust without letting it chill first. This didn’t exactly cause problems with the filling solidifying, but it did mean that I wasn’t able to fit all the mixture into the pie crust. (The excess went into an extra bowl and allowed to set there; the kids liked getting a few dollops of that for a treat over the next few days.)
This is a quick, easy, and tasty pie. I’ll certainly keep it in mind when I want to take something sweet and cold to a potluck or picnic. (The only disconcerting part is that the peach-flavored Jell-O is much more pink than orange, but it’s not distracting enough to ruin the dish — and you can always just use a different flavor of fruit.)
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