Coffee Jelly

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Coffee jelly

I’m rerunning a summer favorite, today, my Coffee Jelly from a few years back…

“Jelly” is a British term for a gelatin dessert and my Coffee Jelly is adapted from a recipe in “The Lancaster County Cookbook”. I omitted the walnuts, preferring to use almonds as a garnish. I sweetened and flavored the cream, finishing off the jelly with curls of lemon zest.

Make the coffee jelly several hours in advance, allowing time for it to set. Mine was firm in two hours. You can play with flavored coffees – or not. I used a decaf French roast. This is a light, refreshing dessert, especially in warmer weather, and it makes for an elegant presentation. It is fun to make and folks are surprised to learn how easy it is to prepare.

Serves 4

  • 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
  • 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 mix well to combine.

3. Add sugar and stir.

4. Refrigerate until jelly has set, 2-3 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 fold the jelly cubes into the whipped cream.

9. Spoon into chilled glasses, garnish with almonds and lemon zest. Serve immediately.

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23 Responses to Coffee Jelly

  1. TasteFood May 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ve never seen a dessert like this! It sounds refreshing and light for a warm day.

  2. Sunchowder -Wendy Read May 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    This looks really yummy! I shall try this for my hubby, it is already so hot here now, we will both appreciate it!

    • lizthechef May 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Great – I remembered to make decaf since I served it at a supper gathering…

  3. Toni May 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    this looks like a very fun dessert – thanks for sharing the recipe

    • lizthechef May 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      It’s my new, easy go-to recipe for whenever warm weather finally comes our way!

  4. Chezsuzanne May 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I’ve never heard of coffee jelly but love how it sounds. It would make for a really refreshing dessert I’m thinking! I love all your Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, Liz.

    • lizthechef May 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks, Susan, it got a lot of hits on food52 except for the judges ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Elizabeth @ My Communal Table May 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    I agree with Suzanne. This sounds super refreshing. I have never heard of coffee jelly either, until you opened my horizons once again, Elizabeth. I envision making it this summer after a spicy Asian meal. Does it sit light or heavy?

    • lizthechef May 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Light as a feather. If you love coffee, you might want to brew it pretty strong for the flavor. It cuts up very easily. I’m wondering about fooling around using a chai…

  6. Wendy Read August 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Ooo!!! I don’t remember this one ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks fantastic though, my hubby still calls jello, jelly Liz. I think Chai would be brilliant too. I am pinning this for later, I have everything I need to make this right now!

  7. Kim August 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi Liz! That’s one beautiful dessert. “Jelly” is oftentimes used in Vietnamese desserts… so now I’m scratching my head wondering why I’ve never done it. Have a great weekend!


    • Liz August 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      You too – enjoy the weekend and I hope you experiment with Vietnamese jellies.

  8. Oui, Chef August 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    WOW…this looks so cool, I can’t wait to try it! Way better than an after dinner CUP of coffee.

    • Liz August 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      It’s a nice, light dessert – you can skip the cream, of course…

  9. TheWimpyVegetarian August 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I’m so glad you posted this again! It such a wonderful dessert for these warm evenings!

  10. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver August 12, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Liz, this looks so refreshing and I love coffee! I haven’t had Jello of any sort in ages, I’ll have to give this a try.

    • Liz August 12, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Let me know if you like it, Lisa –

  11. Mare August 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I love this recipe as I am a huge fan of coffee flavor. This looks so beautiful and makes another use for my martini glasses.

    • Liz August 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks, Mare, I love it in my martini glasses too –

  12. sippitysup August 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    If I may use an art term from the 1980s this is so deconstructural! That’s a good thing… GREG

    • Liz August 14, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      “Deconstructed” is an ’80’s term? Gosh, I am still using it –

  13. Mary @ California Greek Girl August 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    H Liz,

    his looks so refreshing for a hot summer day…I also love coffee with anything. Going to try this for snack! A grown up jelly treat for sure~

    • Liz August 15, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      Let me know how you like it, Mary – thanks.

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