3 Dessert Recipes with Champagne
What are 3 desserts recipes you could enjoy this International Champagne Day?
1. Champagne Jell-O
2. Champagne Cake Pops
3. Champagne Sorbet
Many appetizing dishes and recipes around the world incorporate alcohol as an ingredient. For chefs, adding it is a definite way they could add the needed spike and spice they want their food to taste of. Admittedly, in the Philippines – where Jack Daniel’s and other alcohol varieties are popular – using this technique is not common; but don’t let this stop you from utilizing it, particularly with International Champagne Day coming up!
This, then, gives you the perfect excuse to grab a bottle of champagne and use it to enhance your favorite dessert. In the spirit of this drinking holiday, here are 3 simple dessert recipes for you to try out:
Jell-O is a popular sweet treat among people. It can come in many flavors and different shapes and sizes, hence the essence of gelatin; but if you put a bit of champagne in this dessert, eating it will definitely become a one-of-a-kind experience!
When it comes to this dessert, the process of preparing it is as simple as it goes. All the ingredient you’ll need for this dessert are the following:
- 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin powder
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cup chilled champagne
- 1 ½ cup chilled ginger ale
- 1 cup sliced strawberries (optional)
Start by sprinkling the gelatin over cold water and allow them to be absorbed for about two minutes; then, bring the mixture to a boil until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Once you remove the heat, transfer the mixture into a bowl, add some sugar, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Afterwards, stir in the champagne and ginger ale and refrigerate until the mixture thickens. If you wish so, you can fold in the strawberries and place them in individual molds to be refrigerated again until it’s firm. Once chilled enough, you can now unmold them and serve them to your friends.
Champagne Cake Pops
Alcoholic drinks in countries like the Philippines, especially Jack Daniel’s, can definitely contribute to any menu; but when it comes to desserts, particularly this one, champagne definitely takes the cake, quite literally for that matter!
For this very dessert, all you’ll need are the following ingredients.
First, for the cake pops, you’ll need:
- ¾ cups softened unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 6 room-temperature egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups room temperature
Since cakes are not complete without the frosting, here are the items you’ll need to make it:
- 3 sticks unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
- 3 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
- ¼ cups champagne
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
To begin, preheat the oven to 176°C. While you’re at it, mix butter and sugar using an electric mixer for five minutes until you get a pale and fluffy texture. Also, make sure to sift all the dry ingredients together and set aside for the next few steps. Once you have your mixture ready, mix them together with some egg whites and distribute the batter in the pans in an evenly manner; then, put in the oven for about 30 minutes or so and wait ‘till done. To check if it’s done, stick a toothpick in the middle and make sure no residue will come up with your toothpick.
For the frosting, whip up some butter for about 8 minutes until you get a creamy texture; then, add the remaining ingredients and mix for 1 more minute. If you get a creamy, fluffy, and very light texture, then you’re done.
Once the cake pops are done, simply combine them together, serve, and enjoy.
For this dessert, you’ll need the following:
- 1 ½ cups champagne
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon/grapefruit zest
- 1 ½ fresh grapefruit juice
- ¼ freshly squeezed lemon juice
To start, put the champagne, sugar, zest, and corn syrup together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved before moving on to the next step.
Once done, strain the mixture into a stainless, steel bowl; then, add the grapefruit and lemon juices. Afterwards, cover your mixture and freeze it overnight. You may serve it the next day.
All these recipes can definitely heighten your dessert experiences tenfold, particularly on International Champagne Day. Go ahead, celebrate this day and pop that champagne bottle!
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