Recipe: Mint Cream Dream

(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Active Work Time: 10 minutes

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes plus 3 hours chilling

One of the gourmet Jell-O desserts once served at the New American bistro Bambara in Salt Lake City. From chef Scott Blackerby.

1 (3-ounce) package lime-flavored gelatin

3/4 cup sugar

Dash salt

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water

1 cup whipping cream

3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Dark chocolate shavings, optional

Place the gelatin, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved, at least 3 minutes. Stir in the cold water. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Beat the whipping cream and peppermint extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently stir the cream mixture into the chilled gelatin until well blended.

Pour into molds, dessert glasses or a large glass dessert bowl. Refrigerate until set, 3 hours. Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.

6 servings. Each serving: 221 calories; 93 mg sodium; 27 mg cholesterol; 7 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 38 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0 fiber.