Treat your little ones to this simple two ingredient homemade jelly – made from fresh fruit juice it even counts towards their five-a-day.
My two boys love jelly. On a Sunday morning we’ll often head to our local garden centre for brunch where, in addition to toast, beans and sausage they always ask for a pot of jelly and it disappears first (we’re not always the best at saving pudding for after dinner in our house – what about you?). As I was recently sent some fruit juices to review I thought it would be a great opportunity to make some jelly.
The lack of artificial colours means that they’re not as vibrant as some pre-made jellies, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the boys at all.
So easy to make, but…
I had such ambitious plans to make a beautifully moulded jelly to share with you. I’ve practiced and practiced but sadly I’ve not yet mastered the art.
A fair bit of googling suggested that the trick is that once the jelly has set, you pop it into a pot of warm water to help loosen the edges. I’ve found that this starts to melt the jelly meaning that it comes out of the mould easily (great so far), but melting the edges of the jelly means that you lose the definition of the shape. Fine if you’re doing something simple like a big dome, but really no good if you’re attempting cute little dinosaurs as I was!
If anyone is a whizz at freeing jelly from it’s mould then please come and share your tips in the comments. I’m going to keep practicing and I hope to be back soon to share the secret.
Not just for little ones
I’m going to let you into a little secret… I love jelly too. More specifically jelly and ice cream. So I made a grown-up version too :-).
Two ingredient fruit juice jelly
- 400 ml fruit juice
- 4 sheets Dr. Oetker Platinum Grade Leaf Gelatine*
- Fill a bowl with cold water and pop the leaf gelatine in to soften for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the fruit juice in a saucepan on a low heat - you want it to be hot but not boiling. Once hot remove the juice from the heat.
- Once the gelatine has softened remove it from the cold water and squeeze out any excess liquid. Pop it into the hot juice and stir until it has melted.
- Pour into your serving dishes and put them into the fridge to set. Refrigerate until the jelly is firm.
Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.
Free From/Suitable For…
The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.