This Strawberry Chardonnay Gelee is my summer go-to recipe, it’s lightly sweet, velvety smooth and the strawberry and wine flavors are deliciously flavorful. Think of this as a strawberry wine cocktail that jiggles.
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What is a gelee?
First of all, you pronounce this dessert as “jeelay,” and means jelly or jelled in French.
Gelees are not a widely known dessert, but it is simply a fruit puree that is mixed with unflavored gelatin, sugar, lemon juice, and for this recipe chardonnay wine.
Besides fresh fruit you can use fruit juices, broths, and different types of wine to flavor a gelee, so you can have sweet or savory gelees.
I know you are thinking this is just jello, it’s not, it’s so much better!
This strawberry gelee is not firm like jello, the consistency is much looser and has a wonderful jiggle to it. Think of this as a sophisticated jello that almost melts in your mouth.
You can make gelees with a firmer texture depending on how you want to serve it. For that, you would add more gelatin to the recipe. For instance, if you want the gelee to be a filling between cake layers.
How to serve a fruit gelee
For a great presentation, serve gelee’s in clear glasses to see the pretty color
Make a parfait using custards, yogurt, cake, ice cream or panna cotta and top with a gelee layer
- Fresh ripe strawberries
- Chardonnay wine or another fruity wine you like
- Lemon juice
- Unflavored gelatin
- Whipping cream
I do recommend using fresh and ripe fruit for the best flavor since this dessert is all about the fruit.
For different fruits try using berries, stone fruits, apples, and citrus
Go for a flavorful and fragrant wine because it is the supporting flavor and you want to taste it. You can also use rosé, red wine, champagne, muscat, or port.
If you are not into wine, try different juices like apple or cranberry
I have not used agar-agar as an alternative to gelatin. It is a vegetarian substitute for gelatin but it does gel firmer so I don’t know if you would get that nice loose gelee.
How to make gelee
Step 1. Wash hull and slice the strawberries and put into a large bowl
Step 2. Heat the chardonnay in the microwave for 1 minute and pour on top of the berries along with the sugar. Let this mixture sit for about 1 hour to infuse the strawberries
Step 3. Strain the berries in a fine sieve over a large measuring cup. Press out the juices using a soup ladle. Add water to make 2 cups of liquid.
Step 4. Put the lemon juice in a small bowl and mix in the gelatin. Microwave for 20 seconds to melt the gelatin then stir to combine. Next, pour this into the strawberry juice.
Step 5. Place the measuring cup or bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
Step 6. At this point, the gelee has firmed up but is not completely set. Pour the gelee into dessert glasses, and place them in the refrigerator to finish setting. When ready to serve add a dollop of whipped cream on top and a sliced strawberry.
This is the easiest way to slice a strawberry for garnish. You need an egg slicer, and just put your strawberry on the slicer and push down on the wired slicer just to the strawberry hull. Pull the strawberry off the slicer and fan out the slices.
Why I like this recipe
- 6-ingredients is all that is needed for the delicate fruity dessert
- No long cooking or baking is required
- This is definitely a unique and impressive dessert to serve quests, for special occasions, but honestly, I just make this because it’s so good and my family loves it
- This is a great recipe for hot days when you want a cool and luscious dessert
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Strawberry Chardonnay Gelee
- Wash and hull the strawberries and add to a large bowl. Reserve 4 strawberries for garnish.
- Pour the chardonnay into a glass measuring cup or a small bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Then pour the wine over the strawberries.
- Pour the sugar over the berries and wine and mix together well.
- Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries to break them down into small pieces to release the juices. You can also use two knives and cut through the strawberries in a criss-cross fashion.
- Let sit for 1 hour to infuse the wine with the berries.
- Strain the berries in a fine sieve over a large measuring cup and using a spoon or a soup ladle press out the juices. Add water to make 2 cups of liquid.
- In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and gelatin together. Microwave on high about 20 seconds or until the gelatin has dissolved. Do not boil this mixture. Stir the mixture together.
- Stir the gelatin mixture into the strawberry/wine juice.
- Set the gelee in the freezer in the measuring cup and stir every 5 minutes for 30 minutes. The gelee will firm up but it will not be completely set.
- Spoon the gelee into 4 6-ounce ramekins, wine glasses, or bowls, then set in the refrigerator. The gelees will continue to firm up.
Serving the gelee
- Pour the whipping cream into a small bowl and using a hand mixer whip until the cream is firm.
- Pipe rosettes of the whipped cream on top of the gelee, or spoon a dollop on top. Top the whipped cream with a sliced strawberry and serve.
First Published: July 14, 2012… Last Updated: August 21, 2020
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