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Italian Christmas Cream

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Italian Christmas Cream
8 Hr
5 Min

This colorful traditional-style chilled creamy Italian Christmas Cream mold is packed with bananas, grapes, Maraschino cherries and chopped walnuts. Great for the holidays or any entertaining year-round.

What You'll Need

  • 2 firm bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sliced seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon peel

What to Do

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Coat a mold or Bundt pan with cooking spray; pour mixture into prepared casserole dish. Freeze 8 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, let stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes.



If you like, you can unmold this onto a serving platter. Garnish with whipped cream and extra cherries.


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Made this for Christmas and everyone loved it!!! Only I only froze it for 6 hours instead of 8 (made a similar recipe which called for the 8hrs which was too long which is why I only used 6 hrs for this recipe). Would definitely make this again. Huge success; was delicious !!!

I have made this 2 times, the first time I made it according to recipe. It was delicious but was difficult to eat. In the frozen state, you had to chisel to get a bite, if set out for 20-30 min. it started to crumble. The 2nd time I made it, I used @12 oz. Cool Whip & 1 C. sour cream and the texture was better. However, when I used the Cool Whip I did not use added sugar, that was a mistake. Next time I will add @ 1/4 C. of Splenda or sugar. The recipe is delicious, light, refreshing but I would like to hear how others serve this so that it is easier to eat & serve.

BJBG....Thank you for the tips sounds great will try it and looks beautiful

Made this today. It grows on you....liked it more as we ate more of it. It is light and refreshing even though it has 2 cups of sour cream in it. The sour cream and lemon give an interesting flavor. Thanks Mr. Food

My recipe for this uses fresh dark red cherry slices instead of maraschino, and leaves out the nuts. I use neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, because it has fewer calories and less fat. I add some almond extract too, gives it a hint of marzipan. My version was a big hit at Christmas Eve social this year! Thanks for sharing!

This desert was absolutely yummy. The only suggestion is that it needs about 30 minutes out before serving. That way the grapes are not icy.

I clicked on Amish Church Spread and this came up instead in the list of December top 10 Most Popular Easy Recipes. Somebody goofed in the posting. Went back and tried 3 more times and it still came up incorrectly.

Click on the picture of the Amish Church Spread instead of clicking on "Get Recipe Here" and the recipe for Amish Church Spread will open.

Tried the Italian Christmas Cream mold at a friends house. It was absolutely delicious and very refreshing. Will be making it for New Year's Eve.

I don't have a bundt pan or jello mold, so I used an oblong flat container and cut it into squares to serve it. I put a dollop of whip cream and cherry on each cut square. Worked out fine.

This dessert is not cooked just chilled. instead of bananas i will use a can of mandrin oranges.

I think it was was the talk at the christmas party.

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i love it its the best

This sounds yummy, but can I use dried cherries or canned cherries since I don't like the maraschino cherries?

Would fat free sour cream work just as well?

mascarpone cheese would probably work, too. Sour cream gives it that cheesecake texture & taste, though.

Can you sub w/cream cheese or possibly half sour crm and half crm cheese?

If you use whip cream in place of sour cream will you still need the sugar?

Wow, this looks so easy - I'm definitely going to make this dessert for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing!

It sounds great !! Plan on making for the holidays.

This is an all time must at Christmas for many years!!!!

Would like to hear from someone who has "actually" tried it.

Sounds and looks spectacular! It's easy to make, and I will try it this weekend for a party!

Can't wait to make this.

I failed to see when the cook time takes place? I am going to try this and take it to a social, thank you Mr. Foods

No freeze it

Looked good and easy. We will have to substitute for the walnuts because of allergies.

I will be making it for my family during the Holidays.

Sounds good. Can't wait to make it. I will use plain or vanilla yogurt in place of sour cream. Probably one of each.

What an awesome dessert idea. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

Sounds very good. To make this even healthier, you can add about 4 drops of maple syrup to 2 cups of fat free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, I make this faux sour cream all of the time and as long as you don't add too much maple syrup it is very good.

It looks real good

acass-- don't like sour creme-- try 1 C sour cream and 1 c cool whip

Sounds so gooood. This I will be trying for our church Christmas Dinner.

I am wondering if there would be a substitute for the sour cream, I'm just not a fan!



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