Sunday, October 29, 2006
Make your own lollies!
Just found this intriquing recipe here (one degree of separation - Jackie French and I were both shortlisted for an Aurealis Award a few years ago, neither of us won it). Anyway, I thought I must bookmark that but fearing it would get lost in my ever expanding but extremely disorganised boomark folder, I thought, well, I may as well put it here. I haven't tried it out yet but it's on my list of things to do (along with horseriding and laser eye surgery). Looks like something you need to gobble pretty fast - love the storage directions...it doesn't say what to do if they start out looking odd, which pretty much describes all my forays into the mysterious world of homemade confectionary - sugar mice, toffee, coconut ice, caramel...
By the wya pic is of some kind of Lush bath product but it was the closest I could get.
Blueberry and Lime Fruit Jellies
1 cup apple juice
1 packet frozen blueberries
half a cup of lime juice
1 cup of sugar (or less – your choice)
2 tsp tartaric acid
half a cup gelatine, pectin or seaweed-based setting agent – gelatine is cheaper but the others taste better
Simmer everything except the gelatine, pectin or seaweed-based setting agent for half an hour.
Now add a little of the juice to the gelatine or other setting mix and then mix it into the rest of the juice. Pour it onto a tray covered in baking paper and wait for it to set.
Now cut into little squares, or diamonds, or long jelly snakes – you can give them a pair of eyes with a bit of peanut if you like and use a knife to cut a pattern into the 'snakeskin'. Store between baking paper in a cool dry place for a day or two, but not too long – remember they don't have any preservatives in them. Throw them out if they start growing mould or look odd.
Otherwise, give them to your kids for a treat or, better still, get them into the kitchen making their own, because once they get used to a genuine fruit flavour in their lollies, they won't want to go back to artificial flavours.