How to Make Jelly? Simple Homemade Jelly Recipe
Making your own homemade jelly is a great way to save a few pennies on buying in desserts, and is also a fun way to spend an afternoon as well. Indeed, making jelly doesn’t need to be difficult! As such, learning how to make jelly is something that any avid cook or baker should do.
The Joy of Jelly
Jelly is a simple type of pudding, but is one which will likely take you back to simpler times. It is the type of pudding that young children often enjoy, and as such, can elicit waves of nostalgia when you make your own homemade jelly as an adult, too. In addition to this, for bakers, making your own jelly can also be a great way to add an extra component to your existing bakes; a layer of orange jelly, for example, can go really well with a rich chocolate sponge, when made right! Evidently, then, being able to make your own jelly from scratch can be a rewarding and worthwhile use of your time and a delicious one, too!
How to Make Jelly From Scratch
If you want to make your own homemade jelly, then please don’t take the “cheat route” of using pre-made jelly cubes! Indeed, while you could make your own jelly with a shop-bought jelly mix, making your own from home with a specialist jelly recipe is far more rewarding! Nothing can beat the incredible flavor of fresh, homemade jelly so why would you ever try to make jelly with pre-prepared jelly mixtures when the recipe is so very simple and easy?
Choosing the Right Fruit
When it comes to making your own jelly at home, the first thing that you will need to do is to choose the right type of fruit. There are numerous different fresh fruits that you could choose for your jelly, or even a combination of fruits! This will largely depend on your own personal preference, although it is also worthwhile to consider the seasonality of the fruit, too; the best jelly fruit will be those which are ideally in season. Remember that, for fruits with seeds such as blackberries you’ll also want to consider whether you mind seeds in your jelly or not.
Some of the most popular jelly flavors will include raspberry, strawberry, apricot, blueberry, grape, and cherry. Other flavors and combinations, such as summer fruits, are also a good option and some people even swear by things such as dandelion jelly, which is actually said to taste somewhat akin to honey!
Jelly Preparation and Recipe
When making jelly at home, the first thing that you will want to do is source your ingredients; top quality and fresh fruits are a must, if your jelly is to offer the rich flavors that you desire. Once you have done this, the actual process of making the jelly can begin!
First, take 1 cup of superfine sugar and mix it with 2 cups of tepid (lukewarm) water in a saucepan. Bring this mixture to the boil, and then allow it to continue boiling for approximately five minutes. Once this has been achieved, then allow the mixture to stand until it has cooled.
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While waiting for the sugar water mixture to cool down, take your fresh fruit approximately one pound of fruit and puree these until they resemble a very fine and smooth syrup; if you would like a little more texture in your jelly, you can keep a few of the fruits back to add to the mixture whole, or as chunks if you are dealing with a larger type of fruit (such as an apple), later on.
The puree, once blitzed to a consistency that you are happy with, can now is transferred into a clean, cool bowl. The now cool sugar water mix can then be added slowly by pouring it over the fruit puree; this mixture should then be left to allow the two different mixtures to infuse with one another. An infusion period of two hours is ideal; however, if you are in a rush, a period of thirty minutes should be satisfactory to allow for full infusion.
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Once this has been completed, you will then want to remove any seeds and pip from the mixture. Simply pour the mixture through a very fine sieve, stirring as you do so to get as much of the usable fruit as possible, into another clean bowl; the seeds and pulp can then be discarded or composted.
Leave the fruit mixture for now. Take a new, clean bowl and mix ¼ cup of cold water with ¼ ounce of powdered gelatin (this will usually come in sachets of this size, but make sure to check the size of your sachet before using it). Leave this mixture to settle for five minutes.
While waiting for the water and gelatin mixture to infuse, take one cup of your fruit mixture and gently heat it in a saucepan, until the mixture is simmering. At this point, the water and gelatin should be ready, and can then be slowly poured into the fruit mixture. Stir this slowly until the entire gelatin has dissolved (disappeared).
This mixture must now be added back to the remainder of the fruit-water mixture, along with any leftover whole fruit. Once this has been done, transfer the mixture into your mold of choice this could just be a tub, if you aren’t too worried about the shape of your jelly and allow setting in the refrigerator. The time for this process will vary based on the fruit that you choose, but will usually take a few hours; it is done when the jelly wobbles slightly when touched. Be careful not to overset the jelly, though, because who wants their jelly to be rock hard?
And now you know how to make jelly at home! It really couldn’t be much easier! Your finished jelly can now be used in other dishes for example, in a trifle or can be served as it is for a delicious and refreshing treat!
- Basics of Jelly Making – HGIC