A sweet little green dessert packed in serving-sized mason jars! For half of the winter I’ve been looking forward to celebrating the green…the green of spring. There is no green around here. Amazingly, the snow has started melting a lot and we can see grass, it’s just not green yet. Seriously, it’s been about 12 years since we’ve had nice weather to be outdoors for my daughter’s bday next week. It has always been winter weather, usually snowing. So bring on some shamrocks, rainbows and a whole huge pot of gold! Spring is in the air!
Extra bonus for you: 5 minute shamrocks: use a heart punch. punch. glue together, or not. There you go.Enough with the decorating, back to the desserts…
My Mom gave me a flat of little mason jars, I’ve had so much fun with them! They are the perfect size for individual desserts. So instead of making a big trifle with the pound cake I baked the other day, I made these jar desserts for each of us. It wasn’t very difficult to fill the jars. All you need is cake, whipped cream, jello and some fruit slices. The other day I baked up a vanilla pound cake, the old fashioned kind, and tinted it green. (any kind of cake should work). I sliced the pound cake up then cut out circles with a cookie cutter. Mix up some green gelatin/jelly jello, I used lime flavor. Use a tiny bit less water than called for, and do the ice cube method to cool it off faster. Add a few spoonfuls of jello to each jar, then let it set up (I stuck them into the freezer for a bit) while you are cutting the cake into circles and whipping the cream (or Cool Whip will work). The rest of the jello went into the fridge to start setting up.
So, jello, a round of cake, a squeeze of whip cream. Then slice up some kiwis and chop each slice in half. Set them in the jars against the side (so you can see them!), then fill up the hollow with some jello when it is half-set, so it is still kind of blobby and pourable. Then another layer of cake and some whipped cream. Let them sit for as long as possible in the fridge (overnight is best. Especially if the cake was a little stale!) When I open them up, I’ll add another slice of kiwi on top. I love that these jars have lids, so easy to pop into the refrigerator. They would be great to take on a picnic (if the weather was nice enough!), or even for the kids’ lunches (if I was nice enough!)My favorite Irish band has a new release today! yay! And here’s a great watch for today: