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Saturday, May 21, 2005

IMBB # 15 Sparkling cranberry jellies

With a slight risk of striking you as two alcoholica’s (“we don’t have a drinking problem, if we don’t drink we have a problem”), we present you a very easy, very simple recipe with jelly and…champagne. In fact, we tried this recipe a few weeks ago before our merry entrée in the world of foodblog-events. So just perceive this an odd coincidence...(No, really.)

Inspiration came from Good Food (april 2005, pg. 147), where these were served with orange langue-de-chat-biscuits. As we didn’t like the idea of crispy biscuits with the cool jelly, we served the jellies with a fresh fruit salad instead. We changed the recipe for the jellies a bit too. The original recipe used fresh cranberries as well, but as Santa isn’t scheduled for some time soon, these are hard to come by in the Netherlands at the moment. Because the lack of cranberries, which give out their own jelly when heated, we had to use more gelatin leaves.

The idea is to make beautiful cranberry champagne-jellies, of course in their proper glasses and all. We wouldn’t make this with the best champagne, leave that bottle for you and your love to drink as it is. Make it with cheaper champagne, cava or other sparkling wine instead, but try to incorporate some bubbly-stuff in there: that makes this dish so much more fun.

The recipe calls for:
• Bubbly of some sort
• 450 ml. cranberry juice
• 100 gr. Sugar
• 8 gelatin leaves
• Mint sprigs for decoration

First: Pour almost all the cranberryjuice in a saucepan, add sugar and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and let it simmer until all the sugar has dissolved.

Then: Soak the gelatine leaves in the cranberryjuice you kept apart. When soft, add the squishy leaves to the still hot juice. Stir until dissolved. Leave to cool completely.

Ah, champagne-time! Very slowly pour the bubbles in the cool cranberry mixture. Do not be tempted to pour in the champagne if the juice hasn’t cooled completely: the warmth will kill your bubbles. Also take care to stir gently to preserve as much bubbles as possible. Make about 900 ml.

When the bubbles calmed down, pour (slowly) in elegant glasses. We used proper champagne flutes, but classic wide champagne glasses or martini glasses look lovely too. Chill the glasses until the jelly has set. And don’t panic: it takes a while to set, as we found out.

Set they will....
Patience young Padawan...patience!

Don’t forget to decorate your creation: though mint sprigs are kind of tacky, it looked very pretty in the pink-reddish jelly. We also put some sliced strawberries in, which floated beautifully. The strawberries we took from the fruit salad we chopped up to serve alongside: just good quality strawberries, a mango, kiwi, whatever looks lush and fresh and tastes divine. Just serve the fruit as is, because why tinker with perfection?

As you dive into the jellies with a long handled spoon, you just can’t help to think of jewels: the jelly breaks down in lovely crumbly pieces of broken rubies. How elegant is that?


Blogger Elise said...


So, do any of the bubbles remain after the dish has jelled - like suspended pockets of air?

22 May, 2005 19:28  
Blogger the Kitchen Queens said...

You bet! There's a slight tickling sensation when eating this, rather than fierce *pops*. As you can see in the first pic, there's even a cute rim of bubbles frozen in time on top of the jelly.

22 May, 2005 19:31  
Blogger chronicler said...

These look so good! And yes, patience! That is usually my biggest problem with jelled anything! Yours turned out beautifully!

22 May, 2005 20:54  
Anonymous said...

I will try this in summer.Pink bubbles would be rather nice with the cranberries.

22 May, 2005 22:13  
Blogger the Kitchen Queens said...

Pink bubbles would be rather nice with anything! :)

23 May, 2005 10:49  
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