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Sparkling Jelly: A Grown Up Take on a Childhood Classic

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June 17, 2014 / International / By
Nicola

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Growing up, I loved jelly. It was always served up at birthday parties and special occasions, but as far as I was concerned, I was happy to have it any day of the year! Since then, I may have grown up, but my love for jelly still remains the same. That said, it isn't exactly considered the 'done thing' to bring out a bowl of jelly at a dinner party, but that hasn't stopped me from trying. I've found a way to make jelly 'grown up', in such a way that it actually looks quite sophisticated. I'm talking about fruit-filled sparkling jelly.

Essentially, the process of making the jelly is exactly the same to make this posh jelly as it is for ordinary jelly. The difference is that as with wine, sparkling wine is the fizzy, bubbly version, so sparkling jelly has bubbles in it. Nevertheless, it still involves dissolving gelatine in hot water, then filling it up with cold. I use sachets of gelatinous jelly cubes or jelly powder which you can buy in the supermarket, rather than making my own - I'm not trying to impress my friends that much!

For this recipe, to start with, break up raspberry flavoured jelly cubes or empty a sachet of raspberry jelly powder into a bowl. Add 250 ml of boiling water and stir it thoroughly, until everything has completely dissolved.

At this point, plain cold water would usually be added. However, this is no plain jelly. Pour in 250 ml of soda water which has been kept in the fridge - most shops sell small cans of carbonated or soda water which are perfect for this. For a really adult flavour, you could even try adding champagne instead of soda water, and enjoy a glass on the side!

Instead of chilling and serving it in one big bowl, divide the jelly mixture into individual portions. These can be small bowls, ramekins, or even martini glasses. Into each one, drop a few fresh raspberries. Then just pop the individual jellies into the fridge to set, giving them plenty of time before you're going to eat them!

I love jelly so I'm happy to eat it as it is, but if you're serving this grown up jelly to guests, it can be accompanied with ice cream or double cream for a truly luxurious experience.

Obviously, it can be made in a whole variety of flavours, and you can try adding loads of different things, instead of raspberries. The only thing to note is that you can't add pineapple chunks to jelly, as the water content is too high, so the jelly won't set properly. The same is true for other fruits which have a very high water content. Otherwise, let your imagination run wild!

This posh jelly combination is delicious. The fizz from the soda water gives a really unusual flavour and texture, and the contrast between the solid fruit and the wobbly jelly is fun. All this on top of the simple joy which comes from raspberry jelly! This just goes to show that there's no reason why you can't enjoy jelly at any age - and it no longer has to be kept as a guilty secret. Now, you can impress your friends and show them that jelly is cool again, with this grown up take on a childhood classic!


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