RECIPE WEDNESDAY: A cool gelatine dish from 1932

During the warm days of summer in Alabama, cool gelatine dishes were often used in menus. Here is a popular one from around 1932.

Fruit Bavarian Cream

  • Two cups crushed fruit,
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated gelatine
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Few grains salt

Soften gelatine in cold water for five minutes. Beat egg yolks with sugar and add fruit. Dissolve gelatine in hot water and add fruit mixture. Cook over hot water until mixture begins to thicken. Remove at once from heat and cool.

Add whites of eggs beaten until stiff and cream whipped until firm with salt. Mix lightly and turn into a mold garnished with whole fruit. Put on ice to chill and become firm.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Alberta Sanders Keener

    My grandmother Bryson made this. Instead of chilling in the fridge she froze it in metal ice cube trays. So yummy.

  2. My Colonial Dames of the 17th Century Chapter in Fort Payne is sponsoring a benefit for our local library. We would like to celebrate Alabama’s 200th by showing pictures of all of Alabama’s capitols. I found pictures on this site. May we use them for our display? How would you like the credit to read? Thank you very much.

    1. That sounds like a wonderful project Beth. Yes, you may use them. You can credit for the pictures.

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