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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nana Ling’s Flummery recipe

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

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A delicious 2-ingredient dessert that also works well as a layer in your trifle or parfait.
4.77 from 17 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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Thursday 12th of January 2023

The old fashion way for flummery is when the jelly is starting to set beat in an egg white till light and fluffy, yum like a frothy cloud.

Libby Hakim

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Hi Merril. Yes, that's the old-fashioned way. Would be lovely but I don't include any raw egg recipes here on the website. Which is a shame as they loved to add raw eggs to things! Happy cooking!

Bob Gardner

Friday 23rd of December 2022

We made it using evaporated milk. Important to have both the milk and mixing bowl Cold!

Libby Hakim

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Thanks, Bob. Good tip. I'll be updating this recipe soon and make sure I emphasise this. Thanks so much and happy cooking!


Monday 28th of February 2022

I have always used evaporated milk, whisked, then add the not quite set jelly, for the topping for my trifle

Libby Hakim

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Lovely! I also used Flummery in my Mini Trifles 💕

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

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