British Strawberry Jelly (Jell-O)

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 (Jell-O)

British Strawberry Jelly

Looking for an easy, quick dessert for a birthday celebration or a light summer treat? Look no further than this delicious "jelly"! While strawberry is the traditional flavor, feel free to use any fresh fruit you have on hand.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British, England
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • small saucepan
  • Food Processor or blender
  • Large bowl
  • Sieve or wire mesh strainer
  • Gelatin mold or bundt pan


  • 1 cup Superfine sugar
  • 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.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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