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Low Carb Broken Glass Jel Dessert

This low carb broken glass dessert is a fun retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly. No aspartame, artificial colors, or artificial flavors!

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

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Broken Glass Dessert – also known as Stained Glass Dessert – is traditionally made with Jello and condensed milk. Here's a great description from I Knead To Eat:

“Broken Glass Jello aka Stained Glass Jello, is simply colorful jello cubes immersed in a condensed milk jello. And then the whole thing is chilled in the fridge, until it's all set and ready to be cut into cubes. Cubes within cubes, aahh jello inception. 😛 “

I tried to look up the origins and history and couldn't find anything definitive other than a Stained Glass Cake that dates back to the 1950s. Regardless, this is still a retro – but fun – dessert, and I just HAD to make a low carb version!

Although you can make low carb versions of condensed milk, I decided to try some sweetened heavy cream with added unflavored gelatin. And of course although I could have used Sugar Free Jello – but as you might have spotted I've become a complete convert to Simply Delish – which is keto friendly! It doesn't contain aspartame, artificial flavors, or artificial colors.  PLUS you can get 10% off Simply Delish when you use coupon code SAFTC – bargain!

I'm still eagerly awaiting their lime flavor to launch (hello – low carb Mojito Bites!), and it would have made a great color contrast in this dessert. But I settled for Orange, Strawberry, and Black Cherry flavors.  This is one of the prettiest desserts I've made in a long time – and the carb count? Well. This recipe makes 16 blocks as shown in the photos. Two of those blocks contain a total of just 1g of carbohydrate! Win-win!

How to Make Low Carb Broken Glass Jel Dessert

Prepare the flavored jel desserts in advance. As mentioned above I used three flavors, but you could also try two or four. The key point is to make it with less water for a firmer result. Simply Delish is typically made with cup cold water, and 1 cup boiling water. For this recipe, reduce the boiling water to cup. Make each flavor separately, and allow to set in small plastic boxes or similar.

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

To make the cream layer, pour some cold water into a bowl and sprinkle some unflavored powdered gelatin (eg Knox or similar) over the water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to “bloom”.

Next, bring some heavy cream and water to the boil in a saucepan. Add some sweetener (I used classic Lakanto), and whisk until the sweetener has dissolved.

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

Remove from the heat and pour it over the gelatin mixture, whisking constantly until the gelatin has fully dissolved.

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

Let the cream mixture cool to room temperature – it takes about 30 minutes – but make sure you stir it every now and then to prevent a skin forming or it starting to set at the edges.

Meanwhile, use a blunt spatula or similar to score the set jel dessert into random squares, triangles or whatever. It really doesn't matter! 

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

Mix all three flavors of jel dessert together in a pan or container, mixing them around to evenly distribute them. Pour the cooled cream mixture over the top.

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

It already looks super pretty!

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

Cover and place in the fridge until set – around 3 hours or overnight. Score it into 16 squares and serve! 

Low Carb "Broken Glass" Jel Dessert - a retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly! Made with Simply Delish.

Store any leftovers in the fridge. Doesn't it look beautiful? Don't forget to use coupon code SAFTC to 10% off your Simply Delish order!

Low Carb Broken Glass Jel Dessert

Low Carb Broken Glass Jel Dessert

Yield: 16 Squares
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

This low carb broken glass dessert is a fun retro treat that's sugar free and keto friendly. No aspartame, artificial colors, or artificial flavors!

Instructions

  1. Prepare the flavored jel desserts in advance. Make according to the box instructions, but reduce the boiling water to ⅔ cup. Make each flavor separately in small plastic boxes or similar, and allow to set fully.
  2. To make the cream layer, pour ½ cup of cold water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to "bloom".
  3. Next, bring some heavy cream and another ½ cup water to the boil in a saucepan. Add the sweetener, and whisk until the sweetener has dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat and pour it over the gelatin mixture, whisking constantly until the gelatin has fully dissolved.
  5. Let the cream mixture cool to room temperature - it takes about 30 minutes - but make sure you stir it every now and then to prevent a skin forming or it starting to set at the edges.
  6. Meanwhile, use a blunt spatula or similar to score the set jel dessert into random squares, triangles or whatever. It really doesn't matter! 
  7. Mix all three flavors of jel dessert together in a large pan or container, mixing them around to evenly distribute them. Pour the cooled cream mixture over the top.
  8. Cover and place in the fridge until set - around 3 hours or overnight.
  9. Score it into 16 squares and serve! 

Notes

1g net carb per serving of two blocks (this recipe makes 16 blocks)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 2 blocks
Amount Per Serving Calories 141Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 40mgSodium 44mgCarbohydrates 1gNet Carbohydrates 1gFiber 0gProtein 1.6g

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