Sparkling champagne and summer fruit jellies with Greek yogurt
This is a great summer dessert, which is really light and fresh, as you eat the jelly you get a pleasant fizzy sensation from the small bubbles in the champagne which are trapped as the dessert sets
Yield (serves): 10
Prep time: 10 minutes plus 3 hours chilling
Cooking time: 5 minutes
1 ¾ cups (420 ml) champagne or sparkling wine (chilled)
3 tablespoons white sugar
6 regular sized sheets of Leaf gelatin (or 1 x 7 g envelope of Knox gelatin powder)
2/3 cup (140 ml) elder flower cordial (if you can’t get hold of this just use apple juice)
6 ½ cups (1 kilo) Mixed soft fruit such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
1. place a mixture of all of your washed fruits into 10 ramekins and put into the fridge to chill for at least one hour
2. Soak the gelatin in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes (alternatively if you are using powdered gelatin take ¼ cup of the champagne and sprinkle over the powdered gelatin, leave for 5 minutes to bloom)
3. Place the elder flower cordial or apple juice into a bowl above a pan of simmering water and add the drained gelatine leaves or bloomed gelatin powder mixture
4. Stir the mixture until the gelatin has melted then add the sugar and continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved.
5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down for 15 minutes.
6. Add your chilled champagne or sparkling wine to the cordial mixture and gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.
7. Quickly pour this mixture into your chilled fruit molds and return to the fridge to chill for 2 to three hours.
8. Make sure that the fruit molds and champagne are well chilled as this will help the jellies to set quickly and retain their bubbles, giving a really nice texture and fizzy sensation when you are eating them.
9. Demold the jellies by dipping them into hot water for a couple of seconds and shaking them out, serve with a generous spoon of Greek yogurt and fresh mint.
Alternatively you could make one large jelly which would look great as a center piece at a barbecue or summer party.
Classic Wine: Champagne Rose, Rose light Wines from Spain or Rhone Valley.
New World: Sparkling wine rose, Shyraz sparkling Australia.