Jelly was once a staple of a lot of desserts but now it seems to have taken somewhat of a backseat in favour of more indulgent chocolaty creations. But if you miss the little bit of your childhood or want to have some fun for your child’s birthday then making some fresh jelly is a great and fun treat!Here we take a look at two recipes that add a bit of fun and colour into an occasion.
If you fancy making your own jelly then a quirky option is to go for clementine juice. Begin by pouring the clementine juice into a pan on a high heat to warm it through, but don’t begin to let it boil. The next step is to add a little sugar to sweeten the mixture but be sure not to add too much otherwise the natural flavour of the clementine will disappear. This next part is entirely up to your tastes, so if you are looking for a bit of a kick then be sure to add a few drops of ginger and grate some in too.
Take the juice off the heat and then sprinkle the gelatin blocks into it and whisk well. Once the gelatin is dissolved then comes the fun part of deciding how you are going to display your jelly, you can opt for a classy look that relies on glass cups or go for a fun shaped bowl that is more suitable for a kids party. Place the jelly in the fridge and remember that it will take longer to chill thoroughly depending on how deep the bowls are. Be sure not to touch the jelly too early otherwise you run the risk of damaging the jelly.
Traffic Light Jelly
For a quirky and fun take on jelly why not try a multilayered look? The traffic light jelly consists of any three flavours that you think will suit each other both taste wise and colour wise. Our basic choices tend to run along the lines of strawberry, orange and lime jelly.
To make the jelly follow the usual jelly instructions if you are doing it from a packet or follow the steps we showed with our clementine jelly. Once the first colour is completed (remember this will be the colour that ends up on the top of the jelly heap) transfer it into a bowl and allow it to cool thoroughly in the fridge.
Once the first jelly colour is set then continue to make the second colour and repeat the process but allow the mixture to cool and then pour it on top of the already cooled jelly.
Repeat this process for the final jelly and layer and allow it to cool thoroughly in the fridge before attempting to remove it from its packaging. Once it is completed you should have a perfect traffic light display of delicious jelly! If you fancy spicing things up a bit then add some fizzy drink such as lemonade for a fun surprise.