Sweet Red Wine Jelly with Whipped Cream
3 1⁄2 3-gram gelatin sheets
2 1⁄3 cups red wine
3 tbsp. sugar
7 whole star anise
3⁄4 cup cold heavy cream
1. Put gelatin sheets into a bowl of cold water; let soften, about 30 seconds. Squeeze out water; transfer to a small pot with 1 2⁄3 cups of the wine, sugar, and 1 star anise. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
2. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl; stir in remaining 2⁄3 cup red wine. Divide mixture between 6 wineglasses; chill until set, about 4 hours.
3. When ready to serve, whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Dollop the cream into each glass; top each with a whole star anise. Serve immediately.