Mom’s Orange Jello Desert

This is my attempt to reconstruct a desert that mom would make.  She made a version that was really similar to this: and I used the toping recipe from this to get to what I remember.  I use this recipe for the basics:


  • 6 ounces orange gelatin 2 small packages
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 ounce can frozen orange juice slightly defrosted – ( I used orange juice instead )
  • 15 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 grated carrot


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup real whipping cream
  • ½ cup grated cheese


  • Boil water in a saucepan and then add orange gelatin. Turn off heat and whisk until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Stir in orange juice or OJ concentrate, crushed pineapple with the juice and drained mandarin oranges, your grated carrot. If you like, Reserve a few oranges to garnish the top if desired.
  • Pour into an 8×8 or 9×9 dish and chill to set. ( I used 8×8 )
  • While the gelatin is setting, lets make the topping.


  1. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, flour, beaten egg and orange juice
  2. Whisk constantly until thick – ( this stuff gets really foamy )
  3. Add butter and stir until melted – ( Butter gets rid of the foam and pulls it all together )
  4. Remove from heat and let cool, about 30 minutes ( it can take longer, you don’t want to fold in Whipped Cream if its higher than room temperature )
  5. ( I waited until things were cool before doing the whipped cream.  AND I used the food processor to make the whipped cream.  ( online search this. ) )
  6. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form, fold in pudding mixture and spread on jello – ( I added a touch of vanilla extract  )
  7. Top with grated cheese