Monday, June 14, 2010
Strawberry Red Wine Rose Gelatin Mold
On Foodtv.ca's forums we have been discussing retro food. We really did not want to make aspic so we chose summer Jell-o molds instead. Am I ever glad we did! This recipe is inspired by Ace of Cake's Duff's Mom's Cherry-Walnut Gelatin Mold Recipe which was published in the May 2010 issue of The Food Network Magazine.
I got just over a pound (16 oz) of fresh strawberries and hulled and sliced them.
I boiled 2 cups of water and combined it with a large package of strawberry Jell-o and stirred until it was completely dissolved. Then I stirred in 1 cup of merlot and 1/2 cup of strawberry Fruitopia juice. I sprayed a rose-shaped mold with Pam and then added the liquid and topped it with the sliced strawberries. I chilled it overnight.
Then I did something stupid! I followed directions that did not make sense. To release the mold the magazine says to place in hot water for 5 minutes. That is a long time!
Well, my mold almost completely melted!!! I freaked! Thanks to my friends on my Facebook group, I was reassured that it would reset over time. I had to cool it off right away so I placed it in cold water with ice for a while before putting it back in the fridge. The next day I put it in warm water for 20 seconds and voila!
This was unbelievably refreshing and delicious. My husband and I both LOVE it! I mean LOVE it. The wine is very subtle but present and the essence of strawberries and summer is everywhere throughout. I will be making this again despite all the negative comments this photograph got on The Food Network's FB page. I sense there are some people who will always and forever be prejudice against Jell-o. Oh well, more for us then!