For a delicious dessert that is easy & fun to make, try this recipe for How to Make Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Jello Parfaits!
Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Jello Parfaits are perfect for Christmas or the middle of July.
Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Jello Parfaits:
In this recipe, I’m using Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar from Wine Country Kitchens, as it has a vibrant strawberry purée actually added to high quality, barrel-aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy.
The result? A thick, syrupy delight with concentrated strawberry flavor, full of richness.
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For this recipe, you will need a flat, preferably square or rectangular-shaped, casserole dish to hold the gelatin/water mixture, because after the gelatin sets, you will need to cut the jelly into bite-sized pieces.
Type: Dessert Recipe
Yield: 3 parfaits
Prep Time: 10 – 15 min
Cool Time: 1 – 2 hrs to set the gelatin mixture
The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly:
- 1 pkg of strawberry flavored gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup – minus 2 tbsp cold water
- 3 1/2 tbsp Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 heaping tbsp icing sugar
- 3 sprinklings of bee pollen
- Note: In place of bee pollen, you could top off the parfaits with sprinklings of nuts, coconut, crushed graham cracker, or sweet cake sprinkles.
- Have available 3 parfait glasses, or suitable tall, narrow glasses.
- In a flat casserole dish, pour the 1 cup of boiling water, add the strawberry gelatin powder and stir, to dissolve the jelly powder completely.
- When the jelly powder has dissolved, add in 2 tbsp of the Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar, and stir it through the mixture.
- Measure out the cold water, and add it into the gelatin mixture stirring it well, so all ingredients are evenly combined.
- Refrigerate gelatin mixture until it has set. When it has set, the gelatin will be a deep burgundy color, jiggling and firm.
- Into a chilled mixing bowl, add the whipping cream, and using either a hand held mixer or stand mixer, with cold beaters or whisk, beat the whipping cream until it is starting to thicken, then add in half of the icing sugar.
- Continue to whip until the icing sugar has combined, then add the remaining icing sugar, and continue to whip the cream mixture until, when you raise the beaters, or dip a spatula into the mixture, and draw it up, soft peaks form and hold.
- Note: Be careful not to beat the whipping cream too long – as soon as it holds soft peaks well, stop the beaters. Do not over-beat!
- Chill the whipped cream in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the parfaits.
- Into the bottom of each parfait glass, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar.
- Remove the set strawberry gelatin from the refrigerator and using a knife, cut the gelatin into squares, so when you release them from the casserole dish, you will have little 1 inch cubes.
- Into the parfait glasses, spoon a layer of whipped cream, followed by a layer of the jelly cubes.
- Add in another layer of whipped cream and continue alternating layers of jelly cubes and whipped cream, finishing with whipped cream on top.
- Top off each of the parfaits with a sprinkling of bee pollen, which gives you a nice little crunch on top.
These beautiful and super-delicious parfaits are a perfect way to end a good meal, or for a wicked snack – light, just sweet enough, and really quite elegant, to please and satisfy guests or family.
I hope you join in the fun, and create some of these lovely parfaits yourself, using my recipe for how to make Napa Valley Strawberry Balsamic Jello Parfaits.
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