Elegant Fruit Jellies for Beat the Heat #SundaySupper

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 13 comments

Elegant Fruit Jellies for Beat the Heat #SundaySupper

The theme of this week’s #SundaySupper, ably hosted by the lovely Jen of Juanita’s Cocina, is Beat the Heat. All very well for those of you living in warm and sunny climes, wishing only for a cool porch and an iced drink, but here in the UK, we would be quite glad of some heat to beat, quite frankly.

Still, a girl can dream, can’t she? So sticking to the rules of no ovens, no baking, no hot kitchens, I created a little taste of summer in the form of Elegant Fruit Jellies. I envisioned this elegance as a grown-up version of the kiddie favourite jelly and ice cream. They would be served in wine glasses and would be aesthetically pleasing.

Summer Fruit Jelly

Elegant Fruit Jelly

All was going to plan, until I smashed one of the desserts all over the floor while attempting to pull off some arty photography with it, which somewhat destroyed the elegance. Still, making individual portions was a blessing – I cleared up the mess and quickly whipped up an extra one, so nobody needed to be any the wiser!

As long as you don’t try any wine glass acrobatics, these are simple to make, delightfully cool and very pretty to look at. The addition of cream cheese into the topping definitely adds a grown-up edge; it cuts through the sweetness of the jelly creating a nice contrast of flavours. However, if you have a very sweet tooth, you could use marscapone or omit the cream cheese altogether.

Though they look and taste decadent, they can be made with low-fat and low-sugar ingredients to leave you smug as you eat it!


  • 1 packet of raspberry jelly (jello) cubes (can be sugar-free)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed summer fruits
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese (I used a half fat version)
  • 200ml double cream (I used a reduced fat one)
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract


  • Make up the jelly according to pack instructions – generally 1/3 pint boiling water to dissolve the cubes, then add cold water up to 1 pint.
  • Share out the frozen fruits between 4 wine glasses and pour the jelly until each glass is about half full.
  • Put the glasses into the fridge and leave for 2-3 hours to allow the jelly has set.
  • Make the topping by whipping the cream with a whisk until thick and light. Add the cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar. Beat with a spoon to combine the ingredients, then whisk again.
  • Spoon the cream mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto the top of the set jellies, with as many waves, layers and extravagance as you like!
  • Finish with a few frozen fruits as decoration and return to the fridge for another hour, to give the top fruits a chance to thaw and to chill the desserts.

Then, if you’re lucky enough to have a shady porch and sunshine, enjoy outside. If in Britain, you may have to use your imagination.

Cool dessert

For more cool inspiration, look no further than these superb summer recipes from the other #SundaySupper bloggers and enjoy a chilled feast. Remember to join us at 3:00pm EST on Twitter!

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Wine Pairings Provided By: ENOFYLZ



  1. Elegant indeed! Love the way you presented it!

  2. So gorgeous AND elegant! Thank you for participating in this week’s #SundaySupper!

  3. Yes, this is elegant. I like how you made them in wine glasses. Nice touch!

  4. Very classy! Adults go ga-ga over jello as much as kids!

  5. Wish I could package up some heat and send it your way! I’ve never heard of jelly and ice cream before, but I love your adult version. Beautiful!

  6. so pretty! what a cool idea!

  7. What an elegant fruit jelly indeed! I’m sure it tastes divine, too! Thanks for sharing your Sunday Supper!

  8. I once had a lamp fall, and the lightbulb shatter, on a bread pudding I was photographing… it happens! Your jellies look sophisticaded! Nice goblet

  9. Oooh, I like how you did the cream! Bet it was nice and refreshing

  10. Lovely idea and so kid friendly!!I would love to try this with my kids :)

  11. This looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is so cool. I think I just fell in love with a dessert. Yummy!

  13. There’s always room for Jell-O and I’m sure I’d love this for dessert!


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