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Blackberry-Red Wine Gelatin


Juicy blackberries lend sweet-tart flavor to this mint-garnished summer dessert; red wine spices up its fruity taste and adds depth. Choose a full-bodied red such as zinfandel or syrah to complement the berries.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Kirsten Strecker

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005


  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup full-bodied red wine, such as zinfandel
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pint blackberries (12 ounces)
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Add 1/2 cup water and the apple juice to a medium bowl; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften about 5 minutes. Combine wine and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Reserve 8 blackberries for garnish; add remaining blackberries to the saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Slowly stir hot wine mixture into gelatin mixture. Transfer bowl to ice-water bath, and stir gently until cool, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour mixture into a 9-by-5-by-2 1/2-inch nonreactive metal loaf pan. Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 45 minutes, or up to overnight. To unmold, set pan in warm water until gelatin loosens, about 2 seconds; invert onto a cutting board. Use a knife to break seal along edges if necessary. Cut gelatin into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Divide among 4 small bowls. Garnish each with 2 blackberries and mint leaves.

Cook's Notes

You can also use a glass or ceramic dish for the gelatin, but it will take longer to set.

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