As I told you on Tuesday, the new season of Doctor Who premieres tomorrow (Saturday…September 1st…2012). Honestly, people, if you don’t already know this, have your calendar cleared, and your viewing party planned, I just don’t even know how we can even be friends.
But I digress. The truth is, I forgive you if you haven’t given The Doctor a chance yet. There’s no time like the present, though, so I came up with a super quick and easy dessert for you to enjoy while being pulled into the Vortex of Doctor Who Fandom (which is currently being sponsored, for free, on both Netflix Watch Instantly and Amazon Prime Instant Videos, so seriously, what are you waiting for?).
Obviously, I knew I’d be making a Doctor Who food for the new season’s premiere, but I pondered for quite a long time what it would be. I’ve done Weeping Angel cookies (which everyone is scared to look at, lest they become angels themselves), and “Fish Fingers” and Custard (which were, frankly, way more fun than they should have been), but that’s it. The truth is, even though The Doctor needs a particular nourishment after each regeneration (hence the strange combo of fish fingers and custard), food isn’t really a big part of the equation when it comes to Doctor Who. In the end, you tend to want to make cookies, cakes, or cupcakes for it, because you can add so many decorations that are a part of the show, like 3D glasses, a multicolored scarf, or a bow ties, not to mention the TARDIS. It’s all been done, though, and while I think I’ll probably go that route some day, I wanted something unique for the season premiere.
So I stuffed all of time and space into jars. Who knew that the universe tasted like blueberry jello and candy?
Probably The Doctor. He probably knows that.
It’s all there, people; Eye of Orion, Raxacoricofallapatorius, the Ood-Sphere, the Medusa Cascade. All of it.
Being a time and space traveler just got delicious.
Aside from the blue jello, which makes obvious sense, seeing as how it’s all wibbly wobbly, I experimented with several different types of sprinkles and candies, including nonpariels, sugar pearls, sixlets, Jellybeans, star confetti, and Everlasting Gobstoppers.
I know the Gobstoppers (jawbreakers) sound a little terrifying, but honestly, they get all soft and stuff after sitting in the jello, so they’re safe. However, when I make these again, I will forego the larger candies, in exchange for fruit, like blueberries, grapes, and other round planet-esque fruits.
Here are some things I learned from my candy/sprinkle experiments:
These gorgeous silver Wilton Sparkling Stars Edible Glitter look amazing and perfect at first, but trust me when I say do’t use them. They start to melt very quickly, and as they do, they lose their shape and look quite unappetizing.
Just a small sprinkling of non-toxic silver disco dust, on the other hand, looks gorgeous, spreads easily and evenly throughout the jello, and doesn’t melt or stray. I adore the “galaxies” that got this added.
I tried several methods of adding all of the candies, from putting everything in allat once (above), then stirring it in, to adding each different element on it’s own and stirring them in individually.
I found that adding, and stirring, each element indidvidully worked best. I also learned that adding them by size was somewhat important. In the end, this was the process I found to work the best:
1. Stir in smallest/lightest element. In this case, silver disco dust.
2. Stir in the next smallest element (regular nonpariels).
3. Stir in sugar pearls (the next size up).
4. Finally, stir in the largest sprinkles that you choose to use (mine were star sprinkles).
As for larger planets and moons, which I used Sixlets, jellybeans, and Gobstoppers for, I recommend dropping them into the jello from varying heights and allowing them to sink on their own.
I wasn’t sure about these, going into this little project, but when the Kiddo woke up the next morning and asked if he could have a galaxy for breakfast, I was thrilled. He’d been out the night before, when I made them, and didn’t know what they were actually supposed to be, so when he looked at them and saw all of time and space in a jar, I couldn’t have been happier.
I mean, it could be that he just sees my warped visions better than some since he lives under the same roof as me, but I’m pretty sure that it was actually because he really did see all of the universe just hanging out in our fridge.
I think if we eat these jars of time and space, technically, we’re probably the bad guys that The Doctor is going to have to come and incapacitate with his Sonic Screwdriver, so we don’t devour the universe and end time itself, but I’m hoping that I can bargain with him: I promise not to eat everything in existence, if I can be your companion for a while. Deal?
I’ll keep you posted on his answer.
Doctor Who Galaxies in Jars
1 6-ounce package Berry Blue Jell-O
A variety of candy, sprinkles, and fruit
After preparing the Jell-O according to the package directions and dividing it among your jars, glasses, or bowls, allow it to chill for about an hour, or until it is the consistency of raw egg whites. Remove the Jell-O from the refrigerator and stir in candy, sprinkles, and fruit as desired. Return to the refrigerator and chill until set, about another 3 hours.