This easy Strawberry Chardonnay Gelatin Dessert is my summer go-to recipe, it’s lightly sweet, velvety smooth and the strawberry and wine flavors are deliciously flavorful. In France, you would call this a Gelee. 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,” which is a fancy French name that means jelly or jelled.
- 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! Just one taste and you will be saying Oh la la this dessert is amazing. It's naturally flavored with fresh strawberries.
- 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.
- Make a parfait using custards, yogurt, cake, ice cream, or panna cotta, and top with a layer of gelee.
- If you live in the U.K. you might call this dessert a jelly.
If you want a baked strawberry dessert and one that is easy to make, try our favorite Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake recipe. The strawberry buttercream is light and fluffy and the perfect topper for fruit cake.
✔️ Tips for success
- I do recommend using fresh and ripe seasonal fruits for the best flavor since this dessert is all about the fruit.
- For different fruits try using raspberries, blackberries, 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 wine, 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.
🥄Let's make dessert
Step 1. Wash, hull, and slice the fresh strawberries and put into a large bowl. Next, add the sugar on top of the fresh berries.
Step 2. Pour the wine into a glass measuring cup and set it in the microwave for 1 minute. Now pour the hot wine on top of the berries and stir. Let this mixture sit for about 1 hour to infuse the strawberries with the wine.
Step 3. Pour the macerated strawberries into a fine-mesh strainer set over a large measuring cup. Using a large soup ladle, press out the juices by pressing down on the berries to release the juices. Add water to the juice to make 2 cups of liquid.
Step 4. Put the lemon juice in a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin powder over the juice then stir to combine. Microwave this mixture for 20 seconds to melt the gelatin then stir. Next, pour the melted gelatin mixture into the strawberry juice.
Step 5. Place the measuring cup or bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Step 6. At this point, the gelatin mixture 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 pretty toppings or garnishes. 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.
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💖You will love this dessert
- 6-ingredients are all that are needed to make this delicate fruity dessert gelatin recipe.
- No long cooking time is required, and this is a no-bake dessert.
- This is definitely a unique and impressive dessert to serve guests, for special occasions, but honestly, I just make this because it's so good and my family loves it. Plus we love fancy desserts.
- This is a great recipe for hot days when you want a cool and luscious fruity treat.
Yes, since they need chilling time, definitely make gelees ahead and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Since this is a no-bake dessert the wine is still present in the gelee so it's best served to adults. Unlike baked desserts with wine, the alcohol will bake out of the wine, just leaving the flavor.
Jello is a brand name and is actually made from gelatin, just like a gelee is made from gelatin. However, gelee recipes start with plain unflavored gelatin whereas Jello is already flavored and sweetened.
🍷How to serve
Pretty red desserts should be served in pretty dishes. These footed glass bowls are just the right size for these gelees.
More recipes to try
- Here is an easy One Hot Oven guide on how to keep strawberries from going bad.
- Try this fun Strawberry Grilled Cheese for dessert, yes, you can grill desserts.
- Another favorite dessert is this No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake, this is a family favorite.
- For an easy cake recipe, this Lemon Sponge Cake with Ginger has tons of raspberries piled on top.
- Don't let summer go by without making these easy Peach Raspberry Crumble Bars
- These Raspberry Cookies are covered in the prettiest pastel sprinkles.
Strawberry Chardonnay Gelatin Dessert
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- 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 or a fork, 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 strawberries with the wine.
- Strain the berries in a fine mesh stainer over a large measuring cup and using a spoon or a soup ladle press out the juices, this will separate the seeds from the juice. Add water to juice 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.
- Place the measuring cup with the gelee into the freezer and stir it every ten 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 cold whipping cream into a small bowl and using a hand mixer starting at low speed, whip until the cream, for about 30 seconds then increase the speed as the cream starts to thicken. Bean just to soft peaks then slowly mix in the sugar. Continue beating at medium high speed until firm peaks form.
- 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.
- Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for several days.
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