Tuesday Treats: Broken Glass Cake

I reached into my family recipe box for today’s treat. Here in Oklahoma, we have as much chance of wearing jeans and tee shirts on Christmas Day as we do dressing like Nanuk of the North. As a result, Christmas desserts fit for serving on those warm days are a staple of the season. Here’s the recipe for BROKEN GLASS CAKE, which has been in my family for…gosh, probably close to a hundred years. No kidding.

3 – 3 oz. package Jell-o in cherry, orange, and lime flavors
1 3/4 cup hot water for each Jell-o package
1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 package plain gelatin (Knox)
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup hot pineapple juice.
2 envelopes Dream Whip
1 cup cold milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Prepare the 3 flavors of Jell-o using 1 3/4 cups hot water for each one. Stir until dissolved and place in separate containers. Chill in refrigerator overnight or until set firmly.

Mix the vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter and sugar. Mix well. Line the bottom and sides of a large baking dish with the crumb mixture, pressing firmly to make a crust. Reserve 1/3 cup to sprinkle on the top.

Dissolve 1 package of plain gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water and let set 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot pineapple juice to gelatin and stir. While this is cooling, whip the 2 packages of Dream Whip into 1 cup cold milk, add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. When gelatin mixture is cool, fold into Dream Whip mixture.

Cut Jell-o into 1/2 inch squares and using a spatula to scoop them out, add and fold into the Dream Whip mixture. Pour into the crumb-crust lined dish, sprinkle reserved crumbs on top. Chill.

This is a simple dessert despite all the dishes and steps involved. It’s light, rich, yummy and totally festive for Christmas or other holiday celebrations. I considered making it this year, but according to the long-range forecast, we’re facing arctic temperatures for a change. Enjoy!

As for which one of my characters would make this? Yeah…pretty much any of them that cook–at least those from Oklahoma. 😉 That would be Jacey and Amy from HUNTER’S MOON and BRIDE’S MOON, in the Moonstruck series, then Katherine Tate, Cassie Morgan Barron, Jolie Davis Barron, Georgie Dreyfus Barron, and Savannah Wolfe Barron, who are trying to teach Roxie Rowland Barron, Pippa Duncan Waite-Barron, and Quin Kincaid Tate how to fix the family recipes. 😉

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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