A deliciously light, refreshing salad made with sugar-free lime Jell-O, canned pears, cream cheese and whipped cream.
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: cream cheese, fruit salad, Jell-O, pears, whipped cream
115 oz. canPears in syrup (reserve syrup after opening)
1small boxLime flavored Jell-O®(alt: 1 small box sugar-free)
6oz.Cream cheese, room temperature
1Tb.Whole milk, room temperature
1/2c.Whipping cream (regular or heavy)
Measure out 1 cup of syrup from the pears (if not quite 1 cup, add a little water to bring it to 1 cup); pour into a small saucepan and bring to boil.
Place Jell-O in a medium mixing bowl. When syrup comes to a boil, pour it into the Jell-O and stir until fully dissolved. Set aside to cool 2-3 minutes.
Place pears in a small bowl and mash to a fine consistency using a fork, wood spoon or potato masher; set aside.
Whip the cream to soft peaks; set aside.
In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer or immersion blender to beat the cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add cooled Jell-O mixture and blend to combine. Fold in pears and whipped cream and mix until the consistency is smooth.
Using a fancy mold or just a smooth, medium-sized bowl, dab in a drop or two of vegetable oil and spread it all around with your fingers. Pour the Jell-O mixture into the mold/bowl and refrigerate 3-4 hours, until firm.
When ready to serve, place the mold/bowl into a larger bowl filled with warm water for about 2 minutes, then invert over your serving dish and it should pop out. If not, try the warm water bath again and maybe even run a thin spatula, dipped in warm water, around the edges :)
Note: this makes a small mold, so if you're serving a larger crowd, definitely double the recipe :)