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Oh gosh! Is it a dessert? Or a drink? Or both? I am excited. Like the ice cream sandwiches I posted recently, this is another way to lift a dessert that it normally thought of as being for children, and turn it into something adult and sophisticated. Although making your own jelly sounds difficult and time consuming, this takes five minutes in total, and is very simple. You end up with a smooth red jelly – sweet, pungent with red wine, and fragrant hints of cinnamon – that is much more interesting than synthetic packet jellies. I haven’t specified what wine to use; your own taste preferences will dictate that. This is also a great recipe to use up half drunk left over bottles of wine. Serve in small portions for desserts. Even better, pour into wine glasses to set.

Red Wine Jelly (serves 3)

One cup of red wine

One cup of water

Half a cup of white sugar

Two cinnamon quills

One packet of gelatin (about a tablespoon, follow instructions, the gelatin should correspond to 500mL of water)

Combine wine, water, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until sugar has dissolved and the mixture tastes of cinnamon. The longer you heat it, the more alcohol will boil off. Your choice! Add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Pour into one large bowl, small bowls, or wine glasses. Once they have cooled a little, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Leave until set (about 4-6 hours) then serve.

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