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This flummery recipe might bring back fond memories of a dessert your Nana made all those years ago.

Flummery is the simple, sweet dessert that we definitely shouldn’t forget about.

Flummery in glass dish

A dessert worth remembering

With just two ingredients and a lovely mousse-like texture, this dessert is quick, easy – and memorable.

An elderly neighbour made this for the kids a few Christmases ago, and it reminded me of something I may have enjoyed as a child.

Chances are I did enjoy this at some stage as a child. Flummery was popular in Australia in the 1970s, the decade when I arrived into the world.

At the time my neighbour made this dessert, I didn’t know the name of it. I only knew that an ingredient was jelly.

I nearly forgot about it myself until I spotted a recipe for “Flummery” in Nana Ling’s cookbook.

One of the ingredients was jelly, and I had a strong feeling it might be this mystery dessert.

My hunch was right.

flummery pin

What is Flummery?

Flummery is a super easy, two-ingredient dessert made with jelly and cream (tinned or fresh).

It has a long history, though its current form is a lot sweeter than the sour porridge-like dish it started out as in 17th century Britain.

The jelly version is a product of World War II thriftiness, as people searched for creamy desserts that were also affordable. 

If you want to read more about it, there’s an interesting article on the SBS website.

While it may not be big on expense, it doesn’t lack flavour. It’s a pretty dessert that you can vary depending on the flavour of jelly you choose and the toppings. 

You could also add some cream, custard, fruit or ice-cream.

It looks amazing layered with jelly and I also added a flummery layer to my popular Mini Christmas Trifles recipe

Can you use other types of cream?

These days, I also use thickened cream to make flummery. It works equally well and the taste may even be better, depending on your preferences.

Have you made flummery using heavy cream or some other type of cream? Let us know the results in the comments below.

ingredients for flummery

Nana Ling’s Flummery recipe

Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version in the recipe card at the end of this post.

flummery recipe

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A delicious 2-ingredient dessert that also works well as a layer in your trifle or parfait.
4.87 from 15 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, British
Keyword: flummery
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 183kcal


  • 85 grams jelly crystals (1 packet of aeroplane jelly in Australia) (choose your preferred flavour)
  • 250 ml tin Nestle reduced fat cream (or 300ml thickened cream)


  • Make up jelly according to the instructions and put into fridge. Also place tinned cream into the fridge.
  • When the jelly is nearly set (but still able to be poured), add the cold tinned cream and beat on slow (and then med-high speed as it thickens) in a stand mixer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a large bowl or 6 smaller bowls to set.
  • Serve with cream and fruit, or just eat it straight from the bowl.



Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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Gail Figg

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

I have used chilled evaporated milk as well, works well

Libby Hakim

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Wonderful - thanks, Gail :)


Monday 26th of July 2021

I remember this dessert as a child but because my brother was diagnosed with juvenile onset of diabetes my mother use to make this with sugar free jelly and yoghurt. It was served to all us children so he didn’t feel different. It tasted ok to me.


Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi Annie. That sounds lovely with the sugar free jelly and yoghurt - will give that a go myself! Thanks, Libby


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Would flummery, made with the evaporated milk (this is what it says to use on the Aeroplane jelly packet, too) be stable enough to use as a filling between 2 layers of cake? I would love to put a raspberry flavour between my chocolate cake layers and have both evaporated milk and raspberry jelly on hand. The cake will be eaten within a day or two, and refridgerated Thank you.


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Hi Adele. The flummery mixture is quite runny when you first whip it up and then sets to a jelly-like consistency (but a little creamier). It may work if you let it half set first. It’d certainly look and taste lovely! Or you could let it set in the cake tin and then try to remove in one piece and layer onto the cake. Would love to know how you go if you attempt this. Good luck!


Sunday 2nd of August 2020

My nana used to make this, and my sister and I have been trying to find out what it was so we could recreate it. We knew they were thrifty, so it had to be cheap and easy to make. So delighted I came across this recipe and story!

It's exactly what I remember from my childhood in the 70's. Plenty of memories!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

Hi Jeremy. Oh, that's awesome - so pleased you found the recipe. Enjoy! :)

Rochelle Wallace

Thursday 9th of July 2020

My nan use to make flummery with aeroplane jelly and tinned evaporated milk. Makes jelly first as usual and chill beat evaporated milk and chilled but pourable jelly together then place in desert bowls and chill till set. She also used evaporated milk the same way with instant dessert mix. Made it super creamy.


Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi Rochelle. Lovely memories! I'll have to try the instant dessert mix idea - sounds great :)

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