Red Bean Jello

February 14, 2011 at 8:30 am | Posted in IceCream, Red Bean, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 9 Comments
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Forget about those Red Roses and try Red Beans instead this Valentine’s Day. This heart shaped mold is made with red bean ice cream and trimmed with sweetened condensed milk.  Rather than go for the obvious red cherry flavor, I wanted to try something more exotic.  Red beans (also known as Azuki) are used in many Asian confections and when made into ice cream produce a sweet and unique favor.  This mold, with its quilted texture and ribboned edges, reminds me of one of those cutesy, lace-trimmed, plush hearts you’d get from your junior high sweetheart (or your parents) for Valentine’s. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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  2. This so pretty and I love what you’ve done….but red beans and condensed milk? OMGoodness, yew. I will try to make it will post change of mind.

    • Well this isn’t just red beans (which would be strange) but red bean ice cream, which is pretty darn good. Its sold at most any Asain grocery, so if you have one in your area you should give it a try.

      Thanks for visiting my blog Karen!

  3. Hello – I love you blog and love jello! I want to make the Red Bean Jello but can’t figure out how to find/print the recipe. Help!

    • Thanks Marsha! The recipe is below:

      (This recipe was made for a large mold. If you want to make a smaller batch, just cut all the ingredients in half).

      Sprinkle 4 packages Knox of unflavored gelatin over 1 cup of the water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Stir in 2 cups of boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 4 cups of softened red bean ice cream until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature and spoon into mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve. Makes 7 cups.

      • Yay! I was looking for the recipe. I’m going to make this for Valentines day and I honestly don’t care about Valentine’s Day. This changes everything!! : D

  4. Great post! I love your quirky twist on Valentines day! Does this have to be kept frozen because it is made of ice cream or is it able to sit out for a little while, like on a buffet?

    • Thanks Elisha! No need to freeze, just keep refrigerated until ready to serve. It can be left out, granted its not too hot or in the sun, for 30 or 45 minutes.

  5. So clever! I love red bean desserts (I’m Asian! what can I say) they are sweet without being overly fake and sugary tasting. I really think I will try this. I don’t have a large mold, but I have silicone heart-shaped cupcake liners, and that might do it!

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