Moscato and Peach Gelée

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


A gelée—in essence, a sauce made from liquid, sugar, and gelatin—is summer dessert at its most refreshing. In this recipe, which first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Sophie Brickman's story "The Feast of Life," ripe peaches are suspended in a light, fruity gelée flavored with semisweet fizzy moscato wine. The key to this elegant sweet is letting the gelatin set up before pouring the mixture into a mold.


  • 3 tbsp. unflavored powdered gelatin or 12 sheets
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 12 cups boiling water
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 2 12 cups Moscato d'Asti or other semisweet sparkling wine, such as prosecco, chilled
  • 2 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced


Step 1

Chill a 5" x 9" glass loaf pan for 1 hour. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a bowl (or immerse sheets in cold water); let sit 2 minutes. Whisk in boiling water and sugar. Stir in wine; chill until mixture has thickened to a loose gel, about 1 hour. Stir in peaches and pour into chilled loaf pan; chill until completely set, about 4 hours. Run a knife around edge of pan and invert onto a serving platter; cut crosswise into slices.

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