Black Cherry Ladyfingers

IMG_0609Tis the season for hosting get-togethers with your friends and family while working full time, raising a family, and also trying to find time to write and/or create art.

This dessert is very quick and simple to make. (You can even make it the day before an event.) Yet it looks fantastic (and festive!) when it’s done.

  • 1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O Cherry or Black Cherry Gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ladyfingers, cut in half crosswise
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries (optional)
  • Sweetened whipped cream or Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large glass/Metal bowl
  • 9-inch pie pan
  • Electric Beater/Mixer – put 2 beaters in freezer for at least 10 minutes before whipping gelatin
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
1.  Dissolve Jell-O Gelatin in boiling water.  Add cold water and almond extract.  Pour 3/4 cup into pie pan.  Chill until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).  Insert ladyfingers around sides of pan.  Chill until set, but not firm (gelatin sticks to finger when touched and mounds or moves to side when tilted).
2.  Chill remaining gelatin until very thick (spoon drawn through gelatin leaves a definite impression); Don’t forget to chill beaters before whipping.  Then whip remaining gelatin until fluffy.  (Mixture should double in volume when whipped).   Fold in cherries.  Pour over gelatin in pie pan.  Chill until firm.  Top with whipped cream and coconut.  Makes about 3 cups, or 6 servings.


After you enjoy your dessert, why not read a good book?


Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.

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Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.

In Starter Zone Cami kept herself and her younger sister Alby alive in a post-apocalyptic world, facing starvation, violence, and death on a daily basis. Caught by the military and forcefully inscribed, Cami manages to scam the system and they enter the Realms, a Virtual Reality world, as privileged Players rather than slaves. They experience a world of safety, plenty, and magical adventure.

In the Traveler’s Zone magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami continues her epic quest to navigate the Realms and build a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world.

Time to play the game.

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