Cathedral Window a.k.a. Christmas Jello

Though not Filipino in origin, Cathedral Window has always been part of all our family gatherings, as far back as I can remember. It was my favorite dessert when I was growing up. It’s so colorful and yummy to eat so I guess all kids love it. The name cathedral window is a description of its appearance – brightly colored cubes of jelly against a creamy white backdrop, resembling stained glass cathedral windows. Also known as Christmas Jello in the Philippines, this dessert is commonly made with green and red jelly, and is part of every Christmas celebration of most Filipino families. But you can use any color of jelly you like and serve it on any occasion. I tell you, it will always be a hit on your party table!

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Cathedral Window a.k.a. Christmas Jello


  • 1 *3-oz. pack Lemon Flavored Jell-o
  • 1 *3-oz. pack Blueberry Flavored Jell-o
  • 1 *3-oz. pack Strawberry Flavored Jell-o
  • 4 sachets Knox Unflavored Gelatine
  • 1 *12oz.can evaporated milk
  • 1 *7.6oz. can Nestle table cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • water
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries (optional)
  • ½ cup blueberries (optional)
  • 1 lemon, peeled and sliced (optional)


  1. This is optional. If you don't want to top your Cathedral Window with fresh fruits, proceed to step 2. In a small bowl, mix sliced strawberries and 2 Tbsp sugar. Do the same with the lemon slices (you're doing this to slightly cover the sour taste of both the lemon and strawberries). Set aside.
  2. Prepare each flavored jell-o according to package directions, i.e., add boiling water to gelatine mix; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved, stir in cold water and then refrigerate until firm.
  3. When firm enough, cut each flavored gelatine into cubes. Set aside and prepare the binder.
  4. Dissolve 4 envelopes of Knox Unflavored Gelatine in 1 cup cold water. Set aside. In a sauce pan over low heat, mix evaporated milk, table cream and sugar. Keep on stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add gelatine & water mixture. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat.
  5. Transfer to desired molds. Allow to cool down and slightly set before adding the cubed flavored gelatine. (If you add the cubed gelatine when the binder is still hot, they will sink to the bottom.) Stir gently for a well distributed color. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Garnish with sugared fresh fruits. (optional)

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 Cathedral Window a.k.a. Christmas Jello

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  • netsky_1019

    very colorful parang ang sarap nman papakin!

  • Celia SP. Calces

    Wow sarap naman. Tnx sa pag popost ninyo malaki npo ang maitutulong nito lalo na sa katulad ko na mahilig mag luto like this X’mas season. Tnx po sana marami pa ang i post nyo.

  • rose

    wow…colorful and it looks delicious!i will try to cook this recipe and tnx a lot…more power to you!

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