Please Pass the Recipe

from one generation to the next

Champagne Jelly


I love a glass (or two) of bubbles and as a firm believer in the adage that life is too short to drink bad wine, my first preference is top shelf. As is the way of life though my budget severely limits my consumption of vintage French Champagne. All is not lost because we make some ripper drops here in Australia too, the best, in my opinion, coming out of Tasmania.

In the interest of minimizing our waste from Christmas celebrations, I turned the dregs from a bottle of reasonably priced Champagne into a delicious dessert. It was super simple and very sophisticated. Kids might not like the flavour, but as the champagne has been boiled  it’s alcohol free. It doesn’t matter if the wine is warm, or has lost it’s bubbles, it doesn’t matter if it’s not top shelf quality, it will still make a delicious jelly.

You can see that with the simple addition of a single spoonful of raspberry compote this jelly is a very grown up dessert.

To serve four

Champagne Jelly

375mls champagne

1/2 cup castor sugar

2 leaves titanium strength gelatine

1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed

2 tablespoons  castor sugar

Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water to soften.

Put the champagne and sugar into a small pot over a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Raise the heat and bring the champagne to the boil.

Remove the pot from the heat immediately.

Add the softened gelatine sheets one at a time swirling the champagne to melt and incorporate the gelatine.

Divide the champagne jelly into four serving glasses.

Allow to cool uncovered before refrigerating until set.

Warm the raspberries and sugar over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Avoid stirring the raspberries to keep them intact. Chill until ready to serve.

To serve, top each jelly with a generous spoonful of raspberry compote.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

19 comments on “Champagne Jelly

  1. weebluemixer
    April 7, 2016

    Ohhh these look lovely. I’m not able to drink alcohol anymore, but these would be great for when friends come over. I have a friend who loves champagne so much she had champagne Friday every week. I think she would love this champagne jelly.

    Like

  2. ChgoJohn
    December 22, 2015

    I’ve pretty much had it with jam-making these past few days. Christmas gifts, you know. I should be back to normal just about the time that champagne bottles start popping. This year, however, I’m going to steal away a half-bottle or so. This is one jelly I need to make. Cheers!

    Like

  3. Gretchen
    December 21, 2015

    I sometimes have leftovers so this would be great! I love putting bubbly in jams already so I’m sure this would be a delicious dessert.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. milkandbun
    December 21, 2015

    It’s absolutely gorgeous and elegant! looks like a perfect treat for guests during holidays! 🙂

    Like

  5. mrscarmichael
    December 18, 2015

    #saved. Thank you.

    Like

  6. Claudia Anderson
    December 18, 2015

    I’ll just point at Sabiscuit and say….”What She Said!”

    Like

  7. ardysez
    December 17, 2015

    Those look gorgeous Sandra! We never have leftover champers tho!

    Like

  8. Francesca
    December 17, 2015

    Lovely. No waste at all. I haven’t often notcied any dregs left in my Champagne bottles but it’s worth opening a bottom shelf number for this lovely jelly. In my next life, I want you to be my cook.

    Like

    • ladyredspecs
      December 17, 2015

      It’s a rarity here to have dregs Francesca, but I’d open a bottle to make jelly, might as well drink those leftovers….🍾

      Like

  9. Sue
    December 17, 2015

    I’m with you on life is too short…..and also on the fact that my budget stymies this!!

    Like

  10. Sabiscuit
    December 17, 2015

    You had me at champagne and you had me at jelly. I am a firm believer in adding champagne to anything. Thank you so much for this. I feel fortunate to have friends who offer me hard to find bottles as gifts. I’ll raise a glass in your honour, next time. xo

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: