Coffee Jelly is a wonderful summertime sweet treat. Even the most novice cook can whip up this Japanese-style Coffee Jelly delicacy in just a few minutes using only a few simple ingredients.
If you associate “Japanese delicacies” with coffee, you’re not far off. The Dutch brought caffeinated elixir to Japan 400 years ago. It took a while before it became as popular as green tea, but it has now overtaken it.
Espresso and sweetened cream are all you need to make coffee jelly. Still, its simplicity conceals its wonderful taste and texture.
Before the jelly cubes break into pools of coffee that wash away the rich cream with a delightful sense of bitterness, the sweet cream spreads across your tongue.
Ingredients to Make Coffee Jelly
Coffee is the primary component. Instant granules or something nicer can be substituted for unsweetened black coffee. Coffee is the only component here that will affect flavor, so make sure that you like the coffee you choose.
Agar-agar is a plant-based gelling agent made from seaweed. To gel, it contains agarose and agaropectin. It was discovered some 370 years ago in Japan when an innkeeper left a pot of seaweed soup out in the cold overnight and found it solidified the next day.
It is now widely used in Asian gelling agents and is a key ingredient in many Japanese Traditional sweets.
You don’t need to add a load of sugar to the coffee jelly because the cream poured on top is already pretty sweet, but I recommend adding a bit, or the cubes of jelly will taste a little boring.
Any sweetener can be used, but if you want the jelly to be as transparent as possible, it’s better to use granulated sugar.
Use the cream with the most butterfat content that you can find. If you want to make this vegan, you may use sweetened coconut cream in place of the milk.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Suppose you prefer to sweeten your cream using sweetened condensed milk rather than sugar in most recipes. Adding this milky flavor enhances this to a whole new level. Using sugar instead of honey will work if you can’t locate honey or make this recipe vegan.
Instructions for How to make Coffee Jelly
- Mix water and jelly powder into a pot and stir until the mixture is smooth and completely dissolved.
- Bring to a gentle boil and then turn off the heat. Stir in the sugar and coffee powder and mix thoroughly.
- To set, pour the mixture into a 9×9-inch square pan.
- In a large basin or container with a cover, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and all cream until thoroughly incorporated. Add the jelly cubes of coffee and stir one more. Place a blanket over the area and let it cool.
- Make cubes of coffee jelly by slicing the jelly horizontally and vertically with a knife. Cubes of any size are acceptable.
- It is best served chilled.
Notes To Keep in Mind
There are many brands of gelatin powder, including Knox, but you’ll need three envelopes for each cup of water you’ll be making.
In addition, the technique is distinct. You dissolve the gelatin in lukewarm water or hot coffee and put it in the fridge for two hours or until it’s set, whichever comes first.
To get 500 ml of cream, use 168 ml of sweetened condensed milk. The reason for this is that we like desserts that aren’t overly sugary. If you prefer it a little sweeter, you can do so.
The coffee jelly, on the other hand, was sweetened to the liking. If you don’t want to use it, feel free to do so.
Nutrition’s in Coffee Jelly
- CALORIES: 234KCAL
- CARBOHYDRATES: 56G
- PROTEIN: 1G
- FAT: 0G
- SATURATED FAT: 0G
- CHOLESTEROL: 3MG
- SODIUM: 69MG
- POTASSIUM: 353MG
- SUGAR: 48G
- CALCIUM: 52MG
- IRON: 0.6MG
- Using a knife, cut the gelatin into cubes once it has dried in the oven. Pour the sweetened cream over the cubes in serving dishes or glasses.
- The gelatin mixture should be poured into clear glass cups and topped with a layer of whipped cream once it has been set.
Kohii Zerii: Japanese Coffee Jelly
The fact that Japan is one of the world’s leading buyers of coffee might surprise you, but it’s true. Around 1700, Dutch traders brought coffee to Japan, and the popularity of coffee roasters and cafés has skyrocketed in the last 50 years. Many amazing coffee options exist in Japan!
Make this delicious coffee dessert in minutes! Agar-agar (powdered) powder, coffee, water (or gelatin). Then top with whipped cream or milk. You’ve made a fantastic coffee dessert!
Unlike your mom’s Jello recipe, this one isn’t for you! Jello for adults who love a cup of joe in the morning! * Feed your children as you see fit, according to your preferences.
If you’re feeling charitable, you can always whip up a batch of decaf. Whatever method you choose, get ready to experience your coffee in a new light!
Kohii Zerii: Japanese Coffee Jelly
A coffee dessert that is both savory and refreshing.
- Two tablespoons of agar-agar powder or two (.25 ounce) packages of unflavored gelatin
- 1/8 cup of water (room temperature)
- Coffee, 2 cups, strong, freshly brewed (can substitute for 2 cups water and 1 tbsp instant coffee)
- When it comes to sweetness, you can go from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup.
- Whipped Topping
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Cinnamon or Cocoa-powder
- Make a pot of coffee that’s strong (skip this step if using instant coffee)
- In a glass, combine 1/4 cup room temperature water with the agar-agar powder (or gelatin) and mix until it is completely dissolved. After that, just put it somewhere out of the way. (It’s okay if it thickens into a lump.)
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee with 1/4 cup sugar. Then add the agar-agar and water combination to the pot and stir it until the mixture is completely dissolved. Using medium-high heat, bring the mixture just to a simmer.
- Add 2 cups of water to the kettle, then stir in 2 cups of instant coffee, sugar, and the agar/gelatin combination. Heat to a low boil while constantly stirring.)
- Then remove from heat and pour into a container that can withstand high temperatures. Using an 8×8 pan or a 2-quart casserole dish is a good starting point
- Cover and refrigerate overnight after cooling down to room temperature (or until set, approx. 6 hours).
- Once it has hardened, cut it into 1-inch squares and combine it with milk in a glass. Pour into bowls and top with whipped topping, if you prefer that method.
Make small cubes of coffee jelly and serve as boba in cold drinks, or arrange the jelly cubes in jello molds and top with powdered sugar to make fancy desserts.
For a truly indulgent dessert, serve it with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. This isn’t the only thing you can do with cinnamon and cocoa powder!
Ways to Enjoy Your Coffee Jelly
Always top your coffee jelly with milk or whipped topping regardless of how you made the jelly.
Sweetened condensed milk can also be drizzled on top. Pouring half-and-half over the cubed coffee jelly and letting it sit for a while is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a firmer batch.
Iced coffee may be made even more delicious if you cut it into cubes and add your favorite coffee creamer to them.
Sprinkling it with cinnamon and whipping cream before serving helps create a softer, more jiggly coffee jelly. Also, you should taste both and see which one you like.
Bringing Japanese coffee jelly to a potluck or picnic is a great way to expose your guests to a new treat they’ll love.
What exactly is Coffee Jelly?
Gelling agents such as gelatin or agar-agar are used to make Coffee Jelly. Over a century ago, it was developed in Japan from the United Kingdom. Coffee Jelly isn’t as popular in the West as it once was, but it’s a common delicacy in Japan.
How to say Coffee Jelly in Japanese?
Ko-hi-ze-ri is the Japanese translation of Coffee Jelly and is pronounced as follows:
ko like corner
hi like heal
ze like zen
If you’re trying to make the “ri” sound in English, you can use the tip of your tongue to utter the first part of “ream” with your mouth open.
Is Coffee Jelly a vegan product?
The jelly is produced with agar-agar (a seaweed-based gelling agent); hence it is plant-based in Japan. If you buy pre-made coffee jellies, check the ingredients to see if they contain gelatin.
The jelly in this recipe is vegan (provided you use vegan-friendly sugar), but the sauce isn’t. Substitute sweetened coconut cream or maple syrup.
To summarize, coffee jelly can be a healthy dessert or snack if consumed in moderation—or at least healthier ones. Coffee and gelatin, both used in this dish, provide health advantages. Thus there isn’t much sugar in it.
The nutrients found in coffee and gelatin may benefit the skin, hair, and joints, respectively. When taken together, these two nutrients have been shown to improve cognitive performance.
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