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SANDRA'S LICKITY-SPLIT FRUITY LAYERED JELLO DESSERT

My lickity-split and delicious fruity jello layered dessert now has a much-less chilling time to under 30 minutes. This process used to take 2 hours for the 1st layer, then overnight for the second in the refrigerator...Whew.

This newly created quicker method I've just devised has truly made my day!
 
Servings: (8 to 10)
Prep: 15 Mins.
Chilling: 25 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

2 (small 3 oz pkgs) strawberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 (16 oz pkg) frozen whole strawberries, thawed, drained (reserve juice) then cut into quarters
1 (8 oz can) pineapple tidbits-or crushed, drained (reserve juice)
3 slightly ripe bananas, quartered lengthwise and diced
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped, (optional)
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar (more or less to your desired sweetness)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

In a medium bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in strawberries, pineapple, bananas, and pecans. Add 1/2 cup of reserved strawberry-pineapple juice. Mix to combine. Pour half of the mixture (about 2 cups) into an 8x8" glass square baking dish. Place level in freezer, uncovered, to quickly chill for 15 minutes, until set. (Do not freeze!)

Set the reserved gelatin mixture aside, at room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla to fully combine. Carefully spread this mixture over chilled gelatin. Gently spoon reserved gelatin mixture over top to evenly distribute.

Chill dessert placed level in freezer, uncovered, for a final 10 minutes (no longer or dessert will freeze). Transfer chilled dessert, covered, to refrigerator until ready to serve with or without fresh whipped cream. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip: After dessert has set and you've placed it  in the refrigerator to keep chilled, if doing so longer than 30 minutes be sure to cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

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