Here's an idea to use up summer fruits. Light, pretty, slightly intoxicating as well, a choice to have when you don't have time to make an elaborate desserts. The choice of using white wine, sweet wine, or sparkling wine is really up to you. Even you can use sparkling juice to make it non-alcoholic if you're serving for little people under ages as well.
Fresh peaches were plentiful this season and their so very juicy and sweet. Most of my peaches were canned, but I made sure I left some to eat with this gelée. Blackberries? They could be found anywhere in Oregon, I got some from an empty city lot across the street from my friend's house. They could be prickly but when they're ripe, there's no going back.
Wine Gelée with Fresh Peaches and Blackberries
Serves 4 to 6
One 1/4-ounce envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup wine or water
1 1/2 cups sweet and/or sparkling wine, or sparkling juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups peaches, sliced into small pieces and lightly sugared
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water and set it aside to soften.
Combine the sugar with the 1/2 cup wine in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin. Stir until it's thoroughly dissolved, then pour it into the rest the wine along with the lemon juice. Mix well, then pour into a bowl or a compote dish and refrigerate until set. Wine takes longer to set, so plan on at least 6 hours, or even overnight for a firm set.
Chop the jelly into cubes, then serve it in glasses interspersed with the fruits.
Source: adapted from Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison