Glitter Gelatin Torte (recipe)

Glittery Gelatin Torte

Earlier this year my mother fell seriously ill for several weeks. Numerous doctor visits and tests later it came back that she was suffering extreme toxicity due to an undiagnosed gluten allergy. This allergy appeared to manifest out of nowhere, but as with most things knowledge was power, and we all knew what had to be done to bring her back to health. In the months since it’s been a challenge to create and design meals that would not make her feel ‘deprived’ but I think I’m getting the hang of it, thanks in no small part to the number of gluten-free food blogs which are now out there. Yesterday however was the ultimate challenge of challenges. Her birthday. I was determined to give her a gluten-free birthday of dessert that would make her feel divine and decadent.

First in my arsenal was the dessert I am blogging about here today. A Glittery Gelatin Torte that I am also submitting to this month’s Sugar High Friday. Hosted this time around by The Well Seasoned Cook, this month’s theme is “All that Glitters” and I think this recipe definitely fits the bill. Shimmering Jello cubes are folded into foamy gelatin, whipped cream, and shredded pineapples. So good! The use of sugar free jello lightened the caloric content, and instead of graham cracker crumbs I made the crust from pulverised corn flakes. For a pared-down adaptation the results were nothing short of heavenly, and the smile on her face was all the confirmation I needed :)

As a result of the lifestyle changes that our household has made you can look forward to more gluten-free recipes here on Trinigourmet in the future. I will also be going through my archives and updating old eligible posts with a new ‘gluten free’ tag. For part 2 of Mom’s first Gluten-Free birthday, stay tuned! :D And to view the roundups and themes of previous Sugar High Fridays click here :)

Glitter Gelatin Torte
Servings: 12
Source: Adapted from a recipe in Country Woman Christmas

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 cups pulverized cornflakes (gluten-free i.e. no malt extracts as per this reader’s comment)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 package (3 ounces) sugar free strawberry gelatin
3 cups boiling water, divided
1-1/4 cups cold water, divided
1 package (3 ounces) sugar free lime gelatin
1 package (3 ounces) sugar free lemon gelatin
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Dash salt
1-1/2 cups whipping cream, whipped

METHOD:

1. In a bowl, combine the cornflake crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Refrigerate.
2. In a small bowl, dissolve strawberry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water; stir in 1/2 cup cold water.
3. Pour into an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray; chill until firm.
4. Repeat with lime gelatin, pouring into another 8-in. square dish.
5. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve lemon gelatin and remaining sugar in remaining boiling water.
6. Add pineapple, lemon juice, salt and remaining cold water.
7. Refrigerate until partially set, about 1 hour.
8. Beat on medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes.
9. Cut strawberry and lime gelatin into 1/2-in. cubes; set aside 1/4 cup of each for garnish.
10. Fold remaining cubes into lemon gelatin.
11. Fold in whipped cream.
12. Spoon into crust.
13. Top with reserved gelatin cubes.
14. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
15. Remove sides of pan.
16. Cut into wedges.

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  • http://melecotte.blogspot.com Chris

    I am sorry to hear that your mom was sick! I will be tuning in to your new gluten-free posts. It wasn’t until I dated a gluten-free guy that I realized how much gluten is in what we eat everyday. Makes me happy we have one another to learn from. There are many great gluten-free blogs. :)

    Chris’s last blog post..Fig Sugar Cookies

  • http://melecotte.blogspot.com Chris

    I am sorry to hear that your mom was sick! I will be tuning in to your new gluten-free posts. It wasn’t until I dated a gluten-free guy that I realized how much gluten is in what we eat everyday. Makes me happy we have one another to learn from. There are many great gluten-free blogs. :)

    Chris’s last blog post..Fig Sugar Cookies

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    Thata big adjustment to make. I know she really appreciated this and its perfect for the upcoming holidays. It sounds excellent. What a great entry for this Sugar High Friday event. I wish I had time to enter.

    courtney’s last blog post..Grand Bahama and Some Pigeon Peas and Rice

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    Thata big adjustment to make. I know she really appreciated this and its perfect for the upcoming holidays. It sounds excellent. What a great entry for this Sugar High Friday event. I wish I had time to enter.

    courtney’s last blog post..Grand Bahama and Some Pigeon Peas and Rice

  • julie

    ohh.. your dessert looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it!!!!
    I have been Celiac for a few years now..as is my daughter and granddaughter. Its a big adjustment but to feel better just by eliminating gluten is well worth it!
    I just wanted to make sure .. you are using gluten-free cornflakes, right? Kellog’s Cornflakes as also other brands flavour their cornflakes with malt with is made from barley, therefore gluten! There are a few co. that make gluten-free cornflakes like Nature’s Path which I like the best.
    Maybe you already knew but you didn’t specify gluten-free cornflakes so I just wanted to make sure. I don’t want your Mom feeling sick again and not knowing why !

  • julie

    ohh.. your dessert looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it!!!!
    I have been Celiac for a few years now..as is my daughter and granddaughter. Its a big adjustment but to feel better just by eliminating gluten is well worth it!
    I just wanted to make sure .. you are using gluten-free cornflakes, right? Kellog’s Cornflakes as also other brands flavour their cornflakes with malt with is made from barley, therefore gluten! There are a few co. that make gluten-free cornflakes like Nature’s Path which I like the best.
    Maybe you already knew but you didn’t specify gluten-free cornflakes so I just wanted to make sure. I don’t want your Mom feeling sick again and not knowing why !

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chris & Courtney – Thanks for the kind words! :) now I am starting to plan gluten-free holiday recipes. ack! :)

    Julie – Thanks for the heads up on the cornflakes. I used a local brand of cornflakes (I am in Trinidad) made by Seven Day Adventists. It didn’t have anything listed in the ingredients besides corn and honey and mom didn’t have a reaction so I’m hoping that means it was OK… I’ll update the ingredient list to make it clear that the cornflakes should be gluten-free though as I didn’t know about the malt flavourings in some brands! I will also check the brand of cornflakes that she has for breakfast for this. Thanks again, there’s a lot the doctors don’t tell us :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chris & Courtney – Thanks for the kind words! :) now I am starting to plan gluten-free holiday recipes. ack! :)

    Julie – Thanks for the heads up on the cornflakes. I used a local brand of cornflakes (I am in Trinidad) made by Seven Day Adventists. It didn’t have anything listed in the ingredients besides corn and honey and mom didn’t have a reaction so I’m hoping that means it was OK… I’ll update the ingredient list to make it clear that the cornflakes should be gluten-free though as I didn’t know about the malt flavourings in some brands! I will also check the brand of cornflakes that she has for breakfast for this. Thanks again, there’s a lot the doctors don’t tell us :)

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    So festive and luxurious!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for SHF November!

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    So festive and luxurious!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for SHF November!

  • http://thewellseasonedcook.blogspot.com Susan

    So festive and luxurious!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for SHF November!


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