Robin Anish | The Table is Set: Forgotten fare — the Jell-O mold


What ever happened to Jell-O molds? At one time, molded gelatin desserts and salads graced the table for every occasion — showers and picnics come to mind.

Everyone had a special Jell-O mold recipe that would be offered up for such get-togethers. You couldn't open a women's magazine without finding a recipe or two for a Jell-O mold.

Well, as it happens, food trends come and go and recipes do fall out of favor. I believe Jell-O molds may have fallen into that deep crevice of forgotten fare.

I was inspired to write about Jell-O molds when sorting through an old stash of forgotten recipes and found one for a mold I hadn't made in many years. I recalled how good it was and then I realized that you just don't see Jell-O molds being served as often as they once had. Personally, I will divulge that I was never that crazy for Jell-O molds. They were often too sweet and artificial tasting for me; but, every once in a while, a recipe would come along that was really good. This is one of the good ones that deserves to grace the table for any occasion!

The long forgotten Jell-O mold recipe

1st layer


1 3 oz. package orange or peach Jell-O

1 cup boiling water

3 cups packed in juice sliced peaches, well drained

Juice from half a lemon

Juice from peaches


Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add the lemon juice to a measuring cup and top off with enough of the reserved peach juice to equal 3/4 cup then stir into Jell-O. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in peaches and pour into a 6-cup mold that has been lightly oiled. Chill until just set.

2nd layer


1 envelope plain gelatin

3 tablespoons cold water

1/2 cup whipping cream heated to just below a simmer

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup pureed peaches (drain juice packed peaches then puree enough fruit in food processor to equal

one cup)

3/4 cup cold whipping cream (not whipped)

juice of half a lemon

Soften gelatin in cold water. Stir in hot cream and mix until gelatin is dissolved. In a separate bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Stir in cold whipping cream, peach puree and lemon juice. Combine with the gelatin mixture and mix well. Pour over the fruit gelatin layer in the mold and chill until firm.

Unmold and garnish with some fresh mint and a few peach slices for a pretty presentation.


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