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Molded Strawberry Dessert (Erdbeeren Elisabeth)

This German dessert is made of "earth berries."


  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream


  1. Reserve a few strawberries for garnish.
  2. Mash remaining strawberries; stir in sugar and kirsch.
  3. Sprinkle gelatin on cold water to soften; stir in boiling water until gelatin is dissolved.
  4. Stir gelatin mixture into strawberries.
  5. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon, about 45 minutes.
  6. Beat whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff.
  7. Fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture.
  8. Pour into 6-cup mold or 8 dessert dishes.
  9. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours; unmold.
  10. Garnish with reserved strawberries and, if desired, whipped cream.

Yields 8 servings.

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