British jelly is not spreadable jelly or fruit jam you’d spread over toast. Although it’s more like its US ” Jell-O“, it’s not that either. What it is, however, is a fruity gelatin dessert that takes elaborate shapes, studded with fresh strawberries and decorated with more fresh berries and whipped cream. Along with cake, strawberry jelly is a must-have at any British birthday party. It also makes for a refreshing summer dessert when fruit is at peak.
British Strawberry Jelly
- small saucepan
- Food Processor or blender
- Large bowl
- Sieve or wire mesh strainer
- Gelatin mold or bundt pan
- 1 cup Superfine sugar
- 2¼ cup Water, divided
- ¼ oz Plain gelatin powder
- 1 lb Fresh strawberries
- Make Syrup – Boil sugar and water in a small saucepan for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
- Prepare Strawberry Mixture – Set 4-5 strawberries aside. Trim the stems from the rest of the strawberries and puree until smooth. Transfer the puree to a large bowl and mix in the sugar-water mixture. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow the mixtures' flavors to infuse for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Strain the mixture through a wire mesh strainer to remove any pulp or seeds.
- Finish Jelly – Pour cold water into a dish. Sprinkle gelatin powder onto the water and let everything sit for 5 minutes. Heat 1 cup of the strawberry-sugar mixture in a small saucepan. Add the gelatin and gently simmer until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Stir this back into the strawberry-sugar syrup. Pour everything into a jell-o mold or individual ramekins. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to set.
- Serve – Unmold the jelly by dipping the mold in hot water for 30 seconds. With wet fingers, gently separate the jelly from the mold. Release the jelly on a platter and decorate it with reserved strawberries and whipped cream, if desired.
- Commercial Jell-O mix can be used except the flavors won’t be as deep.