Part 3 of the mermaid party series! Today I’m sharing my Nanna’s jelly slice recipe she wrote for me on a little piece of note pad paper many years ago. Jelly slice was quite a popular dessert slice in Australia and she used to make it for us the way you may have seen it with the biscuit crust on the bottom, the cheesecake type jelly center and the raspberry jelly layer on top. Then she would cut it into perfect little slice pieces. It’s a versatile party food as you can customise the colour of the jelly on top to suit you party colour or theme, I’ve seen people do some pretty special rainbow ones too.
For this recipe I used;
BASE (biscuit sand)
1 packet of plain biscuits like ‘nice’ or milk arrow root (crushed)
180 gms butter for the base (melted)
Combine the base ingredients by hand or in a processor. To crush the biscuits I put them inside two large zip lock bags and then took to them with a rolling pin. Press into little cups (I bought mine from the reject shop). Set in the fridge while making the filling and topping.
1 400g (approx) tin of condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 heaped teaspoon of gelatine
1/4 cup boiling water
Dissolve gelatine in hot water. Mix all other ingredients together and beat well. Allow to cool before spooning onto the base, then set in fridge. On a side note, in my opinion gelatine smells a bit gross but don’t freak out it will work out in the end.
1 packet of blue jelly crystals made according to the instructions on the packet. If you were making this as a slice you could make it with half the water suggested so that the jelly doesn’t slide off the top of the slice. If you can get a nice blue/green colour than that’s great. The blue I had was too much of a cool blue so I added a bit of green or yellow food colouring to it until I had the colour I wanted to match my theme. Allow the jelly to cool in the fridge before spooning onto the filling. Set an alarm or something on that cooling jelly so it doesn’t set while cooling! Return to fridge to set and store in fridge.
Check out parts 1 and 2 of this mermaid party series for lots of other party food and decorating ideas. I’ve still got more recipes from this party to share as well as a couple of crafts!