Eat, drink, and enjoy the good of all our labor - is the gift of God, is it not? According to Eccl. 3:13, at least. What makes a good thing better? Sharing! (...or was it keeping it all to yourself...) anyways! These times could always use a few more good things, and few things do good quite like food. What do you take out of your fridge to make your day better? No concoction too exotic, and no recipe too simple! (Recipe is optional, if you feel like it.)
A not-too-sweet treat I was first exposed to in Japan, then discovered a recipe in a volume of the manga Sweetness & Lightning. I lost the recipe, but Knox brand gelatin basically has a workable recipe on every packet. Best yet, it is mind-numbingly easy to make and then alter. Here is what I do:
2 packets Knox Gelatin (Note: has become a rare commodity in Alaska for unknown reasons. I am unsure of availability in your region.)
1 cup Hot Coffee (your preferred brand, I make a pour-over from locally roasted coffee. Hot=~195F.)
1 cup Cold Coffee (make your own Toddy if you are adventurous and properly equipped, or buy a jug of any cold-brew. I use Stok unsweetened.)
Cream, to taste (I use heavy whipping cream)
9"x9" baking dish (glass preferred, though I haven't tried anything else besides silicon ice-cube trays. *Not recommended!*)
Plastic wrap (to prevent accidents)
Fridge (preferably one that doesn't accidentally freeze things. That was really weird.)
Stirring utensil (I guess you could use your hand... not recommended if you intend to share.)
Timepiece (An egg-timer will give your process a rustic feel)
*Optional: Immersion Blender (a bit of a specialized piece of equipment, but makes the best whipped cream I've had. Takes some trial and error to prevent over-whipping.)
Getting to Work
Pour your cold coffee into the pan, then dust evenly with your gelatin packets, one at a time. Let sit for one minute.
Add your hot coffee and stir thoroughly, slowly, and constantly for 5 minutes. (I theorize this must remove air bubbles and unify the consistency. I haven't tested skipping this step cause hey, if it ain't broke, right?)
Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge, waiting roughly three hours for gelatin to set. (The egg-timer is not recommended for keeping track of time during this step.)
Once set, convention holds you cut the coffee jelly into squares. Feel free to use cookie cutters or whatever shape you prefer.
Place in small bowls, drizzle cream to taste, and serve with a small spoon. If you normally sweeten your coffee, top with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Double-batching makes for a more substantial block of jelly, and is what I do standard.
Alternate Whipped Cream
Feeling adventurous and equipped? Pour roughly 1 cup of whipping cream into the immersion blender's mixing bowl or appropriately sized jar. (16 oz Better Than Bouillon jars work especially well.) Add a dash (or a glug, if it's been a bad day) of maple syrup. (Or your preferred, or no, sweetener.)
Here is the tricky part: Blend the cream until the glossy finish begins turning matte. Stop blending and watch for the cream to go firm. If it stays liquidy, blend a bit more. Over-blending doesn't effect the taste, but the texture gets clumpy and will leave your mouth feeling buttery.
Plop whipped cream on top of jelly and serve.
Matcha Latte, Earl Grey Tea, Chai... basically anything liquid that survives getting near-boiling hot. Make your favorite beverage into your favorite dessert!
Coffee Jelly is fast to make, and keeps well. (It will survive freezing, though the gelatin concentrates, and you have to pluck the ice out of it.) Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
Post about your own comfort foods, or just how you feel about food in general.
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