If you’re no expert (yet) at making picture-perfect desserts but you want to make something red and sweet that is almost impossible to mess up, try this Valentine’s Day broken glass jello, a variant of cathedral’s window a.k.a. Christmas jello.
But… BUT jello for Valentine’s Day? Isn’t that kind of pitiful? Let me tell you a story.
I have a friend, a fellow lawyer, who couldn’t cook if her life depended on it. When she and her boyfriend started talking marriage, she asked him what arrangement they’d have for their meals. He told her he’d be happy to eat canned food everyday. Romantic, isn’t it? They’ve been married for 24 years. I don’t know if my friend can cook now (I haven’t seen her in a long while) but I can imagine her surprising her husband with this Valentine’s Day broken glass jello. And he’d probably smile and give her a kiss, and let her know that her thoughtfulness is appreciated. That’s the thing about occasions. It’s not how much you spend or how much is spent on you; rather, it is what you do to make it memorable.
So, even if you’re not the best cook in the neighborhood but you want to DO something special to make your partner feel that he / she is worth the extra effort, this Valentine’s Day broken glass jello may just be the perfect project. The white cubes are made with almond-flavored gelatin and cream (yes, cooked a la panna cotta). The semi-transparent mold is strawberry-flavored gelatin cooked in plain water.
- 1 90-g. box of almond-flavored gelatin
- 1 90-g. box of strawberry-flavored gelatin
- 400 ml. of cream
- In a pan, stir the almond-flavored gelatin in the cream until dissolved. Heat, stirring often, just until the cream bubbles around the edges.
- Pour into a pan (ideally, the gelatin should be about half an inch deep). Cool until firm. Cut into half-inch cubes. Divide the cubes among single-serve molds.
- In a clean pan, stir the strawberry-flavored gelatin in 400 ml. of water until dissolved. Heat, stirring often, just until the water simmers.
- Pour the strawberry-flavored gelatin into the molds in a slow stream to allow the white cubes to float and separate from each other slightly (you can help distribute them but stirring gently as you pour the strawberry-flavored gelatin). Fill the molds almost to the brim.
- Cool the Valentine's Day broken glass jello until firm. Better yet, chill until needed.
- To serve, run a thin blunt knife around the gelatin. Invert onto a plate and serve chilled.