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Champagne Gelée with Strawberries

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Ingredients (5)

For the gelée:

  • 3 cups Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the macerated strawberries:

  • 12 ounces strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Nutritional Information
  • Calories208
  • Fat0.26g
  • Saturated fat0.01g
  • Trans fat0g
  • Carbs30.39g
  • Fiber1.7g
  • Sugar26.18g
  • Protein2.86g
  • Cholesterol0g
  • Sodium11.64mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (4 servings) Powered by

Elegant and cool, simultaneously old-fashioned and modern, this sophisticated yet unpretentious Champagne gelée from the Tartine All Day cookbook is incredibly simple, but yields such impressive results. A good Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava is lightly sweetened and barely set with gelatin, for a refreshing and beautiful jewel of a dessert. At the height of strawberry season, some gently macerated fresh berries are a perfect partner, like red rubies nestled atop the glittering diamonds of the cubed gelée, but feel free to try other fruit that’s in season, or one of the variations (Lillet and Orange Gelée, or Campari and Raspberry Gelée) noted in the cookbook. And some fresh whipped cream never hurts!

For more ways to make the most of strawberries, check out our Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake recipe, or our Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade recipe.

Reprinted with permission from Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt, copyright © 2017. Published by Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Photography credit: Paige Green © 201

Instructions

  1. 1Pour 1/4 cup of the Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava into a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top to bloom. (It will become soft and absorb the liquid.) Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin dissolves completely.
  2. 2In a large bowl, mix 6 tablespoons of sugar into the remaining 2 3/4 cups of Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava. It will foam, but the bubbles will subside after a minute. Stir in the gelatin mixture, making sure it is evenly incorporated. Pour into a square or rectangular container so the liquid is about 1 to 2 inches deep. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour. The longer it chills, the more set it will become.
  3. 3Just before serving, hull and slice the strawberries. Toss with 2 teaspoons of sugar and let macerate for a few minutes. The sugar will pull some juice out of the berries. Toss a few times to coat in the juices.
  4. 4Use a knife to cut the set gelée in a crosshatch pattern in order to create small cubes. Arrange the cubes in 4 to 6 dessert glasses or small serving bowls. Top with the macerated strawberries and serve.
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