The Beloved brought home a bottle of Moscato the other day. As a present, because he is The Best. And I do love Moscato, but it’s winter, and in winter I prefer red wine. Or hot tea. But I didn’t want the bottle to just loll about in the fridge, feeling all resentful of us. So, I started thinking about what I could do with it. And naturally, I turned to Jello.
I love Jello. Love it! But I never make it from the box anymore because of all the weird dyes and artificial flavors in those evil but alluring boxes. The fun thing about gelling a liquid with gelatin is that it is Very Very easy. And it works on almost any liquid imaginable.* Hence, Jello shooters. And panna cotta.
The rules are pretty simple: 1 teaspoon of powdered gelatin gels 1 cup of liquid. Once you’ve got that, all you have to do is make your liquid taste good, and you’re in business. This is what I did to make my liquid taste good.
First, I made some 1:1 simple syrup. Then, I poured 8 ounces of wine into a bowl and started adding syrup until it tasted good. For Jello. I mean, the wine was already tasty. I added 3 ounces of simple syrup. Then, I added a squirt of lemon juice (duly weighed at 3g) and just a pinch of salt.
So, I ended up with 11 ounces of liquid. So, to 1 ounce of cold wine, I bloomed 1 1/2 teaspoons of gelatin. Because 11 oz+1 oz=12 oz, which is 1 1/2 cups. See?! Once the gelatin was all softened, I heated it over low-ish heat, stirring and stirring, until the mixture was almost clear and was no longer grainy. (Don’t walk away during this step. You don’t want the gelatin to get too hot, or it will lose some of its Gelling Superpower. It should feel decidedly warm and be smooth and kind of slick, but it won’t be so hot that you’ll hurt yourself).
Then, I whisked the gelatin mixture into the rest of the wine mixture and strained the whole shebang through a fine mesh strainer. Because of the protein in the gelatin, there was a bit of white foam on top of the mix, so I just spooned all that off so I’d have a nice, clear finished product.
After that, I poured it through a fine mesh strainer (to catch the last of the foam) into Serving Vessels. And I added just a few frozen raspberries to each Vessel because they’re pretty and go well with white wine. This is a really beautiful, simple, light dessert. Plus it’s kind of a Psych Out, which makes it Even Funner. You can serve this in wine glasses and be all pleased with yourself when your guests go to take a sip and…nothing happens. Oh, the hilarity! Once you’ve all picked yourselves up off the floor and dried your streaming eyes, then you can revel in all the compliments. Because a)Fun! and b)Tasty!
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 8 ounces plus 1 ounce Moscato or other white wine
- pinch of salt
- 3grams strained lemon juice, or to taste
- 3 ounces simple syrup, or to taste
- 1½ teaspoons powdered gelatin
- raspberries (optional)
- Bring the sugar and water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat.
- You'll have more than you need for this recipe, so either scale up the recipe or save the extra for sweetening drinks or making sorbet.
- Stir together the 8 ounces of wine, salt, lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Put one ounce of wine in an all-metal measuring cup.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the wine and let it soften (bloom) for about 5 minutes.
- Heat the gelatin/wine mixture over medium-low heat, stirring, until the mixture is almost clear and you can no longer feel any grittiness when you rub a little between your fingers.
- Whisk the gelatin mixture into the rest of your liquid. Strain into a glass measuring cup (or other Spouted Item).
- Pour into serving vessels. Sprinkle some raspberries into the mixture. Or not.
*Not fresh pineapple juice or fresh papaya juice. Those juices are full of enzymes that inhibit gelling. Most everything else if fair game, though.
It’s Giveaway Time! This Giveaway is Closed
I generally don’t do a lot of recipes with wine, but today is Special. You see, the lovely @Michelle_Jaffee from Sweet & Simple had posted a picture of a Keen wine purse on her facebook page. People went GaGa over it. I did, too, and thought it would make a great giveaway. She said that she wanted to give one away, too, so we decided to combine our efforts and give away Complementary Gifts. Gifts that complement each other. So, Michelle is giving away a Keen Wine Purse, and I’m giving away a Keen Wine Glass,
and you get to pick the one you want (up to $30)!Isn’t that cool?! (The Lolita people have nothing to do with this giveaway. I just think they’re fun glasses, and I’ll be paying for it myself out of the kittens’ college fund).
And the coolest thing is that, if you enter my giveaway here and Michelle’s giveaway over at her place, you could potentially win both prizes! Hooray!
Entering is very easy. All you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog. And be sure to enter over at Michelle’s place, too, if you’re interested in the totally cute wine purse she’s giving away. Which you should be, because it is Totally Cute. As I’ve said. The giveaway will run for a week, and Michelle and I will randomly select our winners next Saturday, March 3.
Also, please note: By commenting you confirm that you are 21 (because it is alcohol related) and, if you win, that you will claim the prize within 72 hours by contacting me at email@example.com. If not, you forfeit the prize and I will select another winner. (These are Michelle’s rules, and I’m adopting them).
And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy the wine gelée, and good luck!