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1950’s condensed milk jelly.... help!

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Katek Sun 21-Feb-21 19:00:13

I’ve reverted to nursery food since my fracture .....very comforting! Dh has been trying to make the fluffy condensed milk jelly my mother used to make but we can’t get the consistency right. My mum’s was light and fluffy, like a mousse, but ours is turning out more like a blancmange texture. Any ideas on what we’re doing wrong? smile

GagaJo Sun 21-Feb-21 19:01:33

I think you have to whip it to a froth. Electric beaters?

fevertree Sun 21-Feb-21 19:01:40

Are you sure it is made with condensed milk and not Carnation evaporated milk? smile

Calendargirl Sun 21-Feb-21 19:02:59

Yes, I think it’s evaporated, not condensed, milk that you use for jelly fluff.

PamelaJ1 Sun 21-Feb-21 19:04:42

Take a rowntrees jelly, make it up to half a pint.
Leave to slightly set then top up with condensed milk and whisk in the Kenwood. Other mixers are available😂
Never fails for me. It makes a layer of our family trifle. It’s the best bit.

PamelaJ1 Sun 21-Feb-21 19:05:41

Sorry yes, agree withcalendergirl Carnation of course.

annsixty Sun 21-Feb-21 19:05:42

It certainly was evaporated milk.
My C loved it especially raspberry decorated with chocolate buttons.

The thing I remember about condensed milk, apart from devouring it on fresh crusty bread, was boiling it for several hours, then cooling it and a delicious caramel goo was the result.
Now we can buy it ready made.

GagaJo Sun 21-Feb-21 19:05:49

My godmother used to call it Flump.

Dorsetcupcake61 Sun 21-Feb-21 19:05:49

When I made it years ago it was evaporated milk which remember whisking!

Maggymay Sun 21-Feb-21 19:12:02

My children loved this pudding it was called Nothing in our house.

Nicegranny Sun 21-Feb-21 19:20:10

My old mother in law used to make it with evaporated milk.

welbeck Sun 21-Feb-21 19:23:01

i've never heard of this, but can't you just buy all sorts of soft slippery puddings now.
why go to all that bother.

Casdon Sun 21-Feb-21 19:24:36

We called it flummery, here’s a recipe. I prefer it with black currant jelly though. Haven’t had it for years, but I’m tempted now.

GrannyLaine Sun 21-Feb-21 19:30:07

To make it really light and fluffy, chill the can of evaporated milk in the fridge and when the jelly is almost setting, whisk the evaporated milk like blazes till its thick and fluffy. Then whisk in the jelly.
welbeck why go to all that bother?
Because its cheap, easy and lovely

Aveline Sun 21-Feb-21 19:36:39

Ooh yes Carnation milk and jelly whipped up with an old fashioned beater thing. The one with the wee handle to turn.

kircubbin2000 Sun 21-Feb-21 19:37:26

If you whip cream, add condensed milk and juice of lemon it turns into a lovely mousse.

Grannynannywanny Sun 21-Feb-21 19:49:32

Thinking of carnation evaporated milk has cast my mind back 55 years. My baby cousin was born very prematurely and didn’t come home from hospital till 3 months old.

He was a frail little thing and his mum was advised by the hospital to make up his bottle feeds with diluted carnation milk. I think 50/50. Looking back now I don’t know how he escaped serious tummy upsets. There was no fridge and the can was opened and used throughout the day multiple times to make up a bottle.

Fennel Sun 21-Feb-21 19:53:12

Agree it was Carnation milk. My Mum used to make it - it was called mousse.

Katek Sun 21-Feb-21 19:55:08

Aha! Will try it with evaporated milk instead. Is it just half the quantity of water for the jelly?

Knittynatter Sun 21-Feb-21 19:56:17

I ‘supervised’ my grand daughter making this last week! (age 7, childcare bubble)
We frothed up the evaporated milk and melted the strawberry jelly without water before adding. Enough to fill four glass tumblers with a strawberry on the top and a chocolate flake. Yum 😋

Farmor15 Sun 21-Feb-21 20:14:31

We made this a lot when I was growing up. The jelly was melted in half the normal amount of water first and left to cool. The evaporated milk (not condensed) was beaten to a froth in batches - probably because using a hand rotary whisk. Then the cooled jelly was added gradually to the frothy milk, while beating and finally left to set. One can of milk and one jelly made a huge bowl of “jelly fluff”

Jaxjacky Sun 21-Feb-21 20:19:08

wellbeck partly because it’s yum and for me, when I’m under the weather, I like eating things that have childhood memories. Not sure if the same applies to OP.

gillgran Sun 21-Feb-21 20:23:48

We had this from the late 1950's onwards.
It was certainly evaporated milk, with the jelly melted in a small amount of water.
My (late) mother & my sister had one of those lovely big Kenwood mixers with a whisking attachment. They used to get a much lighter result than me, (with my small whisk, I got half blancmange texture! with just a fluffy top!!) smile

lemsip Sun 21-Feb-21 20:29:05

Grannynannywanny. yes, I to was advised to feed my premature baby on carnation milk mixed with water.

H1954 Sun 21-Feb-21 20:32:10

Definitely full fat evaporated milk. I always use a good quality one and chill it for several hours. Use half a pint of evaporated milk - make jelly up to half pint - beat the evaporated milk to within an inch of its life - cool the jelly and then drizzle in to milk whilst still beating at full speed - when completely mix just leave to set. Enjoy 😜