Cathedral window recipe is a colorful dessert that reminds most Filipinos of Christmas. Embellished with colors like red, green, orange, and violet, makes it one of the most attractive desserts in Filipino cuisine.
It wasn’t until the 1900s until the first cathedral window dessert was ever made. A popular Filipino bakeshop - called Goldilocks - was able to come up with the recipe and design of the sweet dessert. They based it off the appearance of a cathedral window that boasts off colorful stained glass designs, hence it is where the dessert got its name.
Making a cathedral window recipe is very simple and easy to make, plus it only requires a few ingredients then you’re all set. All the ingredients needed are just assorted colors of gelatin (clear, red, orange, yellow, violet - your pick) which may either be flavored or unflavored and cream, that’s it. Since there are only a few ingredients, the health benefits are limited, but they are still good enough for a dessert. Cream is rich in vitamin A, and gelatin contains collagen, proteins, and other benefits that are helpful for digestive health, joint issues, and blood sugar problems.
The cathedral window is like a combination of a cake and a gelatinous dessert like panna cotta. It is a great dessert that is eaten after a meal, but it is also acceptable to eat it as an afternoon snack. Simply get a slice of the dessert and enjoy it with a nice cup of tea and the company of your friends on a warm afternoon.
The colorful visuals and the sweet scent of cathedral window makes it as inviting as it can be, it’s like calling you to take another slice. The sweetness of the dessert is just perfect, not too sweet and not lacking either. Kids especially enjoy this treat because of its soft and creamy texture.
Cathedral Window Recipe
- 1 pack strawberry jelly
- 1 pack mango jelly
- 1 pack lime jelly
- ½ cup condensed milk
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 3 tbsp unflavored gelatin
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1. In a separate container, completely dissolve each pack of flavored jelly in 1 cup boiling water.
- 2. Stir in another ½ cup of cold water.
- 3. Transfer to a rectangular container and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until set.
- 4. Cut the flavored jelly into cubes.
- 5. In a mixing bowl, combine condense milk, heavy cream and pineapple juice. Then, add sugar and salt.
- 6. In a separate container, dissolve the unflavored jelly in 1 cup boiling water.
- 7. Combine the unflavored jelly into the milk mixture. Whisk until well incorporated.
- 8. Arrange the flavored jelly in your preferred jelly mold.
- 9. Pour the jelly-milk mixture evenly. Refrigerate for another 4 hours or until set.
- 10. To serve, turn the pan upside down in a serving plate.
- 11. Serve chill and enjoy!