My gramma always had a delicious treat waiting for my brother and me when we got home from school. It could be cookies, pudding, or pie, but it was always something yummy. Once I remarked that I’d enjoyed bread pudding at a friend’s house, and the next day I came home to the most delicious bread pudding I have ever tasted.
It’s a wonder my brother and I didn’t weigh 500 pounds.
On hot days my gram would make Lemon Bisque. It’s light, chilled, and refreshing, and I only messed up one little part when I made it.
2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (approximately one box of cookies)
1 can evaporated milk, chilled overnight
1 package lemon Jell-O
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
grated lemon peel (optional)
Add your slightly-thickened Jell-O mixture to your whipped milk. This is where I kind of messed up. I let my Jell-O mixture become…Jell-O… by leaving it in the fridge too long. You don’t want it that thick. It wasn’t ruined, but it made the next step harder.
Fold the Jell-O and the milk together. I didn’t know what the hell “folding” was. My mom was over and she was all, “MOVE” and pushed me out of the way. She used a spatula to gently put half the whipped milk on top of the Jell-O, and kept repeating this until the milk and Jell-O were one. Or as “one” as milk and Jell-O can be when the Jell-O is a little too hard. My bad. You do this gently so the milk doesn’t lose its thickness.
Serve six to eight people.
- 2½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs (approximately one box of cookies)
- 1 can evaporated milk, chilled overnight
- 1 package lemon Jell-O
- 1¼ cups boiling water
- ⅓ - ½ cup honey, depending on how sweet you want your dessert
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- grated lemon peel (optional)
- Mix Jell-O with boiling water, stir until dissolved.
- Add the honey, salt, lemon juice, and lemon peel, stir well.
- Chill mixture until it’s slightly thickened.
- Put the entire package of wafers into a plastic bag, then start smashing them.
- Put about one and a half cups of crumbs on the bottom of your dish and spread evenly.
- Pour your chilled evaporated milk into an also chilled mixing bowl.
- Whip your evaporated milk until peaks form.
- Fold your chilled Jell-O into your whipped milk, then pour the mixture into your dish.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cookie crumbs on top.
- Chill for at least two hours before serving.