3 1/2 tablespoons (half of a package) of Jello, any flavor, or 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin*, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup chilled undiluted evaporated milk, or 1 cup light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract-Optional
2 tablespoons sugar to 1/4 cup sugar, to taste-Optional
Dissolve flavored Jello, or unflavored gelatin in hot water. Chill until slightly thickened. Add evaporated milk (or cream) and beat in a stainless steel bowl with rotary beater, or an electric mixer using the whisk attachment until light and fluffy (about one minute),and stir in vanilla. Chill several minutes to set slightly. Before using, stir until smooth and fluffy like whipped cream. Use as a topping for Jello, cakes, pies, or puddings. Makes 2 cups.
*NOTE: If using unflavored gelatin, add 2 tablespoons sugar to 1/4 cup sugar to the mixture if you like a sweet whipped cream.
Dissolve the 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in 2 tablespoons hot water instead of 1/2 cup that you would use for the flavored gelatin.
Date: June 15, 2002