My dad’s cousin, Beki, made this delicious dessert for us a long time ago when we visited them in Ohio. I must’ve had three portions; it was soooo good! After we had been home a while I remembered this scrumptiousness and emailed her daughter for the recipe. I’m grateful that she took the time to track it down for me. (Thanks Tanya!!!)
It is similar to a Jello salad my mom makes, which I may share with you some other time. If you are unsure as to whether you and your family would like it, it is very easy to cut in half. Beki said that when she takes it to family functions, she makes a triple batch! She also said that you can experiment with different flavors of gelatin and fruit combinations.
I do realize that this is really more appropriate for a summer dessert because of its lightness and because it is a chilled dessert but it is very yummy and in my area, we still have some hot days ahead of us yet. I’m making this tonight for dessert, as Brian and Lauren are coming for dinner. (Tiffany is making Sweet and Sour Chicken and Egg Rolls – yum yum!)
First I drain the pear juice into a pan and bring it to a boil.
Next dissolve the Jello in the pear juice.
Now pour the hot Jello over the cream cheese and mix thoroughly with beater, but be careful; my mixer is a bit too powerful or my cream cheese a bit too cold and it splattered a bit. So I used a dishcloth to keep it from making too big of a mess.
After the mixture is semi-set, beat it again. Not the best picture but you can see that the center is liquidy and the edges are solid.
Now fold in the pears, which I like to cut up a bit, and whipped cream. Put back in the refrigerator until set. And as Beki said, “Serve with glee.”
- 2 cans pears, in their own juice (14.5 oz each can)
- 6 oz. package peach gelatin (Jello)
- 8 oz. package cream cheese
- 9 oz. container whipped topping or whipped cream
- Dissolve Jello in boiling pear juice.
- Pour hot Jello over cream cheese and mix thoroughly with beater.
- Cool until semi-set, then beat mixture again.
- Fold in diced pears and whipped topping (or whipped cream) and put back in the refrigerator until set.
I hope you enjoy this refreshing treat. Until next time, God bless,