It was my turn to host bookclub this week and I really wanted to make something fun that also represents the wonderful weather that we are having.
We’ve met as a group (a core six of us) for around 10 years now. We’ve weathered; weddings, babies, deaths in each other’s families, new houses, moves…and we even fit in a tiny bit of talk about a book.
We always end-up with way too many treats so I wanted something that is light but unique.
I remember seeing a Jamie Oliver show a few years ago where he was celebrating the christening of his little girl and made berries with prosecco jelly.
It looked like summer trapped in the glass with the little bubbles and the gorgeous berries. I’ve been wanting to try to make it every since but just haven’t gotten around to it.
So. I’ve found the recipe
and…having no intention of going to a specialty shop to get gelatin leaves, I’ve had to play a bit and hopefully get lucky with the powdered gelatin that is readily available here-like in my cupboard already available.
I’ve also flavoured them with a bit of Orange Flower water instead of Elderflower simply because I have it in the house.
So I crossed my fingers and this is what I came up with.
Take two envelops of unflavoured gelatin and add 1/2 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve (about 2 minutes) and add 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar. Let gell for a few minutes and also cool.
Take out a VERY cold bottle of prosecco (sparkling wine but you could use sparkling grape juice or gingerale-just leave out the sugar), consider just drinking it yourself but instead measure out 3 1/2 cups.
Pour into chilled glasses that have berries in them (raspberries and blueberries are pretty) and get them into the fridge as quickly as possible.
Tada! Lovely bubbles trapped in the glass.
They look pretty and are a terrific light dessert.
The Mrs said:
So beautiful. I'm not a gelatin kind of a girl, but prosecco gelatin?Yes please.You can serve these when I trek out to Ottawa to camp out in your garden and get fed.Eew. Weird quotient just went up by a factor of eleven.
I was in a book club for about ten years and loved it, but stopped going last fall.We entertain in our homes for several years, and then switched to restaurants, which worked really well for us. I would love to make and serve this dessert to lady-friends. It looks so elegant and refined!
To be honest, it's sort of like a realy pretty jello shot 🙂
I just totally stole this idea. Shhh. Don't tell Chef B. I'm going to surprise him with my amazing newfound culinary aptitude. It just so happens I've got berries in the fridge that need usin'. After he showers me with praise, I'll tell him it was your idea…But not until the praising part is over and done.How cool. I love it. Aloha 😉
Don't tell him it was me! It was totally your idea. He must get you extra jewellery!