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Crushed Berries with Hibiscus Jelly

8 Servings

Cook Time
40 mins

Set Time
6 hrs

Total Time
6 hrs 40 mins

The jelly here isn’t the kind you spread on bread; it’s a soft, lustrous gelatin–like Jell-O, but more delicate.

su-Crushed Berries with Hibiscus Jelly

Photo: Lisa Romerein
 Hibiscus jelly
 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers*
 3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
 3 cups raspberries
 3 cups hulled sliced strawberries
 1 1/2 cups blackberries
 1 1/2 cups blueberries
 1/2 cup crème fraîche
 1 teaspoon finely ground grains of paradise* or 1/4 tsp. black pepper mixed with 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

Make jelly: Bring 1 cup water and the sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally to help sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and stir in hibiscus flowers. Cover and steep 15 minutes, then strain syrup into a small bowl and discard flowers. Meanwhile, pour 1/4 cup water into another small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and let soften 5 minutes. Whisk warm flower syrup into softened gelatin until dissolved. Chill at least 6 hours and up to 3 days. Stir the jelly to loosen before using.


Crush berries: Right before serving, crush berries in a bowl with a fork, pastry blender, or potato masher.


Spoon berries into 8 dessert bowls. Stir jelly with a fork to loosen, then spoon over berries. Top each bowl with a spoonful of crème fraîche and a sprinkling of grains of paradise.


*Find hibiscus flowers (jamaica in Spanish) at Mexican markets. Grains of paradise look like black peppercorns but have a softer flavor that combines pepper with ginger, cardamom, coriander, and nutmeg. Find them online at


Make-ahead & packing tips: Jelly, 1 to 3 days ahead; keep chilled in an airtight container. Crush berries at the beach.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 189Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.3g10%

Saturated Fat 3.6g18%
Cholesterol 13mg5%
Sodium 2.3mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 33g11%

Dietary Fiber 6.3g26%
Protein 2.3g5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.