Gelled Strawberry Dessert

1 cup apple juice
1 cup black cherry or red raspberry juice
2 T. agar-agar flakes
1 t. vanilla
3 cups strawberries, destemmed, and sliced

In a small saucepan, stir together the apple juice, black cherry juice, and agar-agar flakes, and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer the mixture while stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes or until the agar-agar is thoroughly dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and set mixture aside to cool for 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, place the bowl in the refrigerator, and chill for 30 minutes or until partially set. Gently fold in the sliced strawberries, and chill for several hours or until totally gelled. Serve in small individual glass dishes.

*Variation - try substituting other types of fruit juice or sliced fruit, such as berries, cherries, apples, peaches, or pears. Citrus fruits and pineapple sometimes react differently with the agar-agar so trying mixing them with other types of fruit for proper gelling.

Serves 4-6


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