Strawberry Danish Dessert
In case you are thinking, “What is Strawberry Danish Dessert?” Let me begin by clarifying that it is not the same thing as a Strawberry Danish pastry that you buy in the bakery section at the store. I love those delicious pastries, but this Strawberry Danish Dessert Recipe is a Strawberry gelatin dessert. You can buy the mix in a box (Junket Danish Dessert), and it is often used as a glaze or filling for strawberry pies.
But Strawberry Danish Dessert can also be served as a yummy and refreshing dessert that is the consistency of pudding. It is a very refreshing treat, and I love it with lots of fresh strawberry slices, although it tastes good made with frozen strawberries as well.
It’s almost strawberry season again where I live, which means it’s time for strawberry desserts. But actually, this Danish Dessert recipe is very versatile. You can adjust the flavor of Kool-Aid and gelatin to make any kind of berry danish dessert. I like to use strawberry gelatin and strawberry Kool-Aid to make strawberry danish. But I went to buy Kool-Aid the other day, and Walmart didn’t have the strawberry flavor. So I used black cherry Kool-Aid and strawberry gelatin. It gives it a little different flavor, but it is still very yummy. You can use any combination of Kool-Aid and gelatin, and add raspberries or any kind of berries you want.
Amish Dessert – Strawberry Danish
As I’ve told you before, my mom had a huge garden. I don’t really have a clue how big it actually was in measurements? Because I’m not good at judging distance. But we always had at least 3 rows of strawberries in our garden, and the rows were very long. Picking strawberries is back-breaking work, and it always felt like we’re never going to get to the end of the row.
We sold some strawberries to neighbors that stopped by, we made strawberry jam, and we froze a lot of sliced strawberries. They came in handy whenever we wanted to make Danish strawberry dessert.
We cooked the strawberry filling, then dumped a container of frozen strawberries into the sauce. It was a very quick and easy dessert. And Danish Dessert was served with a lot of meals for visitors. We ate lots of amazing desserts, pastries, pies, etc. But a very common and easy dessert that was often served at gatherings was chocolate cake, homemade vanilla pudding (click here for the recipe), and Strawberry Danish Dessert. It goes really well together!
How would I use this Strawberry Danish Recipe?
This homemade danish dessert is amazing to eat all by itself like pudding, or topped with whipped cream. But it is even more amazing on top of vanilla ice cream. Mmm, it so good! Another dessert we frequently made with this danish was a layered angel food dessert. Cut an angel food cake into cubes and layer the cake, strawberry danish, and whipped cream in a trifle bowl. Now my mouth is watering ;).
There are so many delicious ways to use this danish dessert recipe. You can also use it as a topping for a layered dessert, cheesecake, or strawberry pie filling. You will need to add a little bit more clear jel to make it thick enough for a pie.
This strawberry danish dessert does get pretty firm after being refrigerated long enough for the gelatin to set. If you want a more runny sauce cut back on the amount of gelatin.
Clear-jel versus Cornstarch
Clear jel works a lot like cornstarch. It is actually modified cornstarch that works better for making pie fillings. And I always use clear jel to thicken fruit sauce for desserts. Cornstarch makes the filling cloudy, clear-jel looks nice and clear. And another thing I like about clear-jel is that you can tell how thick your filling will be. Cornstarch thickens as it cools, clear-jel usually stays about the same as when you finished cooking it.
So when I make pie filling, I mix up clear jel and water (enough water to make a liquid paste), and I slowly pour it into my boiling liquid (be careful when you do this, you don’t want it boiling too wildly or it might splatter). I keep stirring and slowly pouring in the clear-jel until it is the consistency I want it to be.
You can usually find clear-jel (make sure that you get the cook-type and not the instant) at Amish or Mennonite bulk food stores. But if you’re not lucky enough to have one of those close by, you can also buy it on Amazon. This is an affiliate link. It means that I may earn a small commission if you click on the link to make a purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thank you.
Homemade Danish Dessert
To make this Danish Dessert: heat water, sugar, and Kool-Aid in a large pot. Mix 3/4 c. clear-jel with 1c. of water. Slowly pour this mixture into the hot water mixture, stirring constantly. I usually wait to add the clear-jel until the water is basically boiling, so that I don’t have to stand there and stir for a long time.
Once the mixture is boiling and slightly thickened (it will not be very thick, as the gelatin will thicken it more), remove it from the heat and add the gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Cool slightly and add strawberries or whatever fruit you are using. Refrigerate to chill completely. This will keep fine in the refrigerator for at least a week to two weeks.
This strawberry dessert is very refreshing and summery!
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Strawberry Danish Dessert
- 6 c. water
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 pkg. Kool-Aid
- 3/4 c. cook-type clear-jel
- 1 c. cold water
- 1/2 c. gelatin powder
- strawberries, fresh or frozen
- In a large saucepan, heat the 6 c. of water, sugar, and Kool-Aid. Bring to boiling point.
- Mix clear-jel and 1 c. of cold water.
- Slowly pour the clear-jel mixture into your hot Kool-Aid mixture, stirring constantly. Bring the mixture back to boiling. Be careful, as it may splatter if you let it boil too wildly.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Cool.
- Wash and slice fresh strawberries. Or you can add frozen strawberry slices.
- If you are using fresh strawberries, allow your sauce to partially cool before adding the strawberries. If you use frozen strawberries, you can add them anytime after it's done cooking.
- You can add as many or as little strawberries as you want. Make it to suit your taste.