How to Make a Knickerbocker Glory

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The British version of the American parfait, the Knickerbocker Glory, is often considered a banana split for adults. Created in the 1930s, the Knickerbocker Glory is known for its variations and its lack of a formal recipe. However, read the following steps for a general outline on how to make a Knickerbocker Glory at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gelatin mix
  • Fruit
  • Tall sundae glass
  • Ice cream
  • Ice cream scooper
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh cherry
  • Fan wafer
  • Sauce
  • Nuts

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  1. 1

    Make the gelatin flavor of your choice. After is sets up in the refrigerator, take it out and break it into small pieces.

  2. 2

    Pick any type of fruit you enjoy. Bananas, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, grapes, melons, mangoes or even fruit cocktail can be used to make a Knickerbocker.

  3. 3

    Wash, clean and cut the fruit into bite-size pieces.

  4. 4

    Choose your ice cream. Vanilla and strawberry ice cream and combinations of both are popular choices for the Knickerbocker glory.

  5. 5

    Put a layer of varied fruit, nuts and gelatin on the bottom of the tall sundae glass. Put a scoop of ice cream on top of the layer and drizzle chocolate or strawberry sauce over it. Repeat the process for the height of the sundae glass. If you're using two or more different flavors of ice cream, alternate the scoops.

  6. 6

    Add whipped cream when you've reached the top of the sundae glass. Sprinkle on chopped peanuts, walnuts or almonds. Decorate your Knickerbocker Glory with a fresh cherry and fan wafer on top. Add more sauce on top if you wish.

Tips and warnings

  • The proportion of each ingredient in the Knickerbocker Glory is up to you. However, you may want to use a teaspoon or tablespoon when dispensing gelatin.
  • Soak the fruit in a bit of vodka or your preferred alcohol before adding it to the Knickerbocker Glory for an extra adult kick.

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