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Fruit Jell-O aka fruit jelly/gelatin(e) – the real stuff and even with wine if you want

One of my August 2018 recipes for Beyond Celiac (formerly National Foundation for Celiac Awareness)

The geraniums are Martha Washington, and so were quite suitable for 4th July party.

Have you taken a good look at what's in the commercial packets of fruit jell-o? They say no artificial sweeteners but also make one that's sugar free. Artificial flavor, color, artificial sugar, high sugar and what are those chemicals doing to our bodies and more particularly the kids bodies. I haven't used one in several years.

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naturally gluten free fruit gelatin

Geraniums from my garden, my own mint, but bought fruit - I have to fight the wildlife for my own fruit and veg.

This goes back to the basics of fruit juices set with packaged gelatin(e). One of my English cookbooks has fruit set with sweetened wine. It was delicious, but even though I would happily drink a glass of this wine, in a jelly (English name not jam) it was too strong. Make this just with fruit juices, just check that the juices have as many real ingredients as possible on label and have high fruit content not just flavored water. Think of the various berry juices with berries, peach juice with fresh peaches or nectarines, mango juice (I love 'Best' brand from Egypt with 50% juice) with fresh mangoes (not frozen, I thought they were horrible) and raspberries. If you use wine, you have to use a wine you like the taste of in the glass, a Moscato, Prosecco with bubbles, Riesling, fruit wine, even one of the small bottles of champagne.

Basic proportions for 4 generous ramekins, custard cups or cocotte dishes:

1 packet of Knox gelatin(e) 7 g packet from orange box in grocery store

1 c (250 ml., 8 fl oz) fruit juice or wine and fruit juice mixed 50/50. You can make it 100% wine, I just thought it too strong.

2 Tbsp ( 1 oz, 30 ml) sugar

1 Tbsp (15 ml) liqueur to enhance flavor – optional with either wine or fruit juice for Adults.

1 tbsp water

1 cup fruit of choice – I tend to buy the fresh container of mixed cut strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, but I find you need to make this the day you buy the berries or they taste fermented or go moldy rapidly.

naturally gluten free fruit jelly

1. Arrange fruit in ramekins. Don't overfill with fruit or you won't taste wine/juice. Prettiest fruit on the bottom as you'll be turning it out.

2. Sprinkle gelatin on top of water, stir in and it will turn into solid lump. Microwave for about 11 seconds, it will turn to a pale gold, see through liquid with no lumps. Dissolve sugar in 1/4 c of juice/wine in microwave.

3. Combine gelatin mix, wine/juice and sugar mix and plain wine/or juice , stir, taste to see if you want more sugar or teaspoon more liqueur, and then gently divide liquid between 4 dishes.

4. Refrigerate for several hours, then turn out onto plates. I like vanilla Greek yogurt as a sauce.

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