Thursday, 20 October 2011

Recipes - Strawberry Jelly

Have an abundance of strawberries you need to use or just want to impress your guests?  This is the recipe for you!  Home made strawberry jelly is far superior to the jelly crystals you buy at the supermarket.  It is a somewhat arduous and time consuming process, however, the results are well worth the time.  I found this recipe on and have modified it slightly after a few attempts.  

500g strawberries, hulled and quartered
30g sugar
1 tbs lemon juice
2 sheets gelatine

Step 1 - Bring a small-medium pot of water up to simmer, reduce heat to low.
Step 2 - Place strawberries in a glass bowl and cover with cling wrap.  Place bowl over simmering water ensuring bowl and water do not touch.  Leave for two hours, stirring gently half way through.  This will draw the juice out of the strawberries.  Lift the bowl to check the pan every half hour or so to make sure it has not dried out.  Add a bit more water if necessary. 
Step 3 - Line a fine sieve with muslin cloth and place over a clean glass bowl.  Pour strawberries into sieve.  Stand for 1 hour, until all juice has drained into bowl.  Do not at any point press, push, stir or squeeze the strawberries as it will turn the jelly cloudy.
Pictured w Strawberries and Cream Cake
Step 4 - Discard strawberry pulp and pour juice from bowl into a measuring cup. Add lemon juice and then add enough water to make 300mL.  Pour liquids into a small pan along with sugar and stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved.  Set aside.
Step 5 - Half fill a small bowl with water and add gelatine.  Leave for 5 minutes, then squeeze out gelatine and add to warm strawberry liquid. Stir gently until dissolved.
Step 6 - Rinse molds in water, this will help when turning jelly out, then pour liquid into molds.  Set in fridge for 2-4 hours, until set.

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