Friday, March 25, 2016

Orange Jelly


Easter is this Sunday! Do you still have things to prep for your Easter dinner?? Are your desserts and snacks all planned and done?? Do you have lots of goodies for the children in your family? 




Here is a quick dessert that kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy! It is quick and easy to put together and can be made 3-4 days ahead of the party so that you don't have to scramble along at the last minute!




You can make this for your children or any kiddie party anytime! My kids love it, I am sure yours will do too!  If you like jelly-desserts, also check this Stained Glass Cake, if you haven't done so already!






I am bringing these beauties to Throwback Thursday # 31 and Angie's Fiesta Friday #112!! Angie's co-hosts this week are Natalie @ Kitchen, Uncorked and Hilda @ Along The Grapevine.

Servings: 4-6 (2 segments per person)


Ingredients:


Orange: 2 big ones. ( any variety will do)
Orange Jelly: 1 packet ( any brand will do). For vegan options, use China Grass / agar agar jelly.
Water: 1 cup

Method:



Cut the orange in the center into two equal hemispheres. Scoop out the orange segments and keep aside. Do the same with the other orange.

Well, you could eat the pulp if you wish. Alternatively, you can squeeze the orange juice and remove the leftover pulp. Keep aside the empty orange skin ( that is now like a cup).

Boil one cup water. Dissolve the orange jelly into it. Keep stirring until the jelly melts completely in the water.

Arrange the empty orange cups in a tray/ container so that they can stay upright and stable. Pour the prepared jelly mixture into the cups until 3/4 full.You may have leftover jelly. You can use another orange cup or a regular bowl.

Place the tray in the refrigerator to set. Gelatin takes 3-4 hours to set while china grass ( agar-agar) takes only an hour.

Once the jelly is firm, remove it out from the refrigerator and slice the orange cups into 4 segments/ sections.

You can also slice it just before serving.




Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.

Serve chilled!

Cooking made easy:


The trick to making firm jelly is by reducing the amount of water/ fluid used to mix the powder in. Always use less than the recommended amount. The amount of fluid used depends on how firm you want the jelly to be.

Tip for healthy living:


Make desserts healthier by combining them with fruits.This trick also works to get your children to eat healthy. Allow them a small serving of unhealthy food/snack items only if they eat healthy ones first. Then, it is a win-win situation! This works with my kids.


Food for thought:


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu



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