Make Ahead

Coffee Jelly

April 20, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

"Jelly" is a British term for a gelatin dessert and mine is adapted from a recipe in "The Lancaster County Cookbook". I omitted the walnuts in the gelatin, preferring almonds as a garnish. I sweetened and flavored the cream, finishing off the jelly with a few curls of lemon zest. —Lizthechef

What You'll Need
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup very hot brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup white sugar plus 1 teaspoon, divided use
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • toasted sliced almonds
  • lemon zest curls
  1. Empty the gelatin granules into a glass loaf pan. Add the cold water and stir to soften gelatin.
  2. Add the hot coffee to gelatin and stir well to dissolve.
  3. Add sugar and stir.
  4. Refrigerate until jelly has set, about 3 hours.
  5. Chill 4 martini glasses in freezer.
  6. Cut the jelly into small cubes and return to fridge while you whip the cream.
  7. In a deep-sided bowl, add the cream, sugar and almond extract. Whip until soft peaks form.
  8. Gently stir the jelly cubes into the cream.
  9. Spoon into chilled glasses, garnish with almonds and lemon zest. Serve immediately.

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19 Reviews

WinnieAb April 21, 2011
GREAT photo Liz. This is so unique and yummy looking.
Lizthechef April 21, 2011
Thanks, Winnie!
Burnt O. April 21, 2011
Can we just vote for this now, and save everyone some time? I mean, seriously.
Lizthechef April 22, 2011
Missed your comment - LOL! Thanks -
wssmom April 20, 2011
Just lovely - both the recipe AND the photo!
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Appreciate your comment - I truly had fun with it and was happily surprised with the result.
dymnyno April 20, 2011
I love coffee! I love cream! yeah, yeah! this is a dream! Wow and what a great pic.
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Thanks, Mare - I got lucky with the shot. Larry made it disappear a couple minutes later ;)
lapadia April 20, 2011
Love gelatin desserts, and what a cleaver idea you have come up with, Liz! Beautiful picture, too...:)
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Thanks - the original recipe called for shredding up the jelly with a fork, but I liked these cute little cubes...
lapadia April 20, 2011
I agree...they are cute little cubes! I have been looking at a July 4th recipe that uses blue and red cubes with the white, was going to make it last year but broke my right shoulder a couple days before that..still have all the ingredients, will make it this year though! :)
Burnt O. April 20, 2011
I like everything about this. Ingredients, preparation, presentation - it's going in the file. What a lovely dinner party dessert!
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Thanks - this set up in 2 hours and was a snap to make.
MyCommunalTable April 20, 2011
My word, I have never seen anything like it. I love coffee and cream. I love it chilled and a little sweet, so I bet I would really enjoy this one.
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Try it and let us know? I used decaf French roast, all that I had in the pantry. Fun to try with flavored coffee maybe?
Sagegreen April 20, 2011
I love your use of almond with this. Gorgeous presentation!
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Thanks - my first "official" shot using camera with new computer.
Lizthechef April 20, 2011
Thanks, Liz, it was fun to make!
mrslarkin April 20, 2011
Very cool looking!! Well done, Liz!