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Glittering Watermelon & Shiny Jelly

Glittering Watermelon & Shiny Jelly

This is a soft jelly that retains the crisp texture of fresh watermelon. On top of that comes a crushed, slightly more firm, bubbly sparkling wine jelly. Taste both layers at once for an unforgettably delicious flavour.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Watermelon Jelly
Watermelon puree
150 ml
Granulated sugar
30 g
Gelatin powder
5 g
Water
2 tablespoons
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
Watermelon
net weight 200 g
Sparkling Jelly
Water
150 ml
Granulated sugar
60 g
Powdered gelatin
10 g
Water
4 tablespoons
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
Sparkling wine (sweet)
220 ml
Decoration
Lemon slice
as needed
Chervil
as needed

Steps

1. Preparation: Soak both lots of powdered gelatin in water. Cut out the flesh of a watermelon roughly and place in a container. Mash the watermelon up a bit with a fork.
2. Watermelon Jelly: Add the sugar to the watermelon puree and mix well with a whisk.
3. Warm the gelatin mixture for 20 - 30 seconds in a 500 W microwave and add a little bit at a time through a tea strainer into the puree mixture. Mix well after each addition.
4. Add in the lemon juice and put the bowl in an ice bath. Mix until the jelly starts to thicken. Add the crushed watermelon flesh, along with any juices, and mix in well. Transfer everything to a glass and leave to chill and set in the refrigerator.
5. Sparkling Jelly: Place the water and sugar in a pot and heat until it comes to a boil.
6. Remove from the heat and add the soaked gelatin. Stir well to dissolve completely.
7. Add in the lemon juice and place the pot in an ice bath until the mixture starts to thicken. Once thickened, add in the sparkling wine (that has been left to return to room temperature) and mix in well. Pour the mixture into a tray or something similar and leave to chill and set in the refrigerator.
8. Finishing Touches: Use a hand mixer to crush up the sparkling wine jelly and add into the glass on top of the watermelon jelly.
9. Insert several small lemon slices into the crushed jelly and top with some chervil to finish.
10. You can choose to top this dessert with whipped cream rather than lemon slices. It tastes delicious this way too.

Story Behind this Recipe

My dad asked me to make him a dessert like this. This dessert manages to keep the texture of fresh watermelon and is combined with a slightly fizzy sparkling jelly for pure bliss in a glass.