Rainbow Jello Loaf

I have never been a big "Jell-o" fan, but this simplified, smaller version of Rainbow Jell-O is easy to make and refreshing to eat. The microwave is perfect for boiling the water! Vary the flavors to match the occasion. The silicone loaf pan makes a perfect shape and releases the gelatin easily. Yogurt adds a slight tartness that kids of all ages will love. An easy make-ahead summer salad or dessert. 

RAINBOW JELLO LOAF

3 (3-oz.each) pkgs. flavored gelatin (select contrasting colors and flavors)
Water
1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1. MICROWAVE (high) 3/4 cup water in silicone 1 or 2-cup measure 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until boiling. Stir water; slowly stir in 1 package of the gelatin until dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes. 

2. Measure 1/3 cup yogurt into another cup or bowl. With fork slowly blend in 1/2 cup of the hot gelatin mixture until smooth. Let stand at room temperature. Add 1/3 cup cold water to the gelatin remaining in silicone cup; mix well. Pour into 9x5-inch silicone loaf pan. Refrigerate until set, about 45 minutes. When set, remove from refrigerator. Carefully pour gelatin with yogurt on plain layer, pouring onto a spoon or spatula so the force does not break into set gelatin. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until set. 

3. Meanwhile, rinse cups and utensils and start Step 1 with another flavor. When finished with 2nd flavor, continue with Step 1 and 3rd flavor. After last layer is set, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. To serve, use a spatula to loosen sides of gelatin from pan. Set pan in about 1 inch of hot water for 2 minutes to loosen bottom. Place serving plate over loaf pan. Invert onto serving plate. Refrigerate until served. 

About 12 Servings

TIPS  >Select darker colored flavors for top and bottom layers and a light color for center. 

>Any plain yogurt, either regular or non-fat works well. 

>Be sure to stir boiling water before adding gelatin or it could erupt when the gelatin is added. 

>Favorite flavors: Raspberry or Strawberry, Lime and Lemon for Christmas; Raspberry or Strawberry, Blueberry and Peach or Lemon for July; Cherry, Mango and Blueberry for Summer.

 

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 

 

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