Saturday, April 17, 2010

coffee jelly

I have to admit, i'm a bit stuck on a couple of blogs at the moment. I have my favourites, then a few more that i pass by when i need more inspiration. Then i just browse page after page of Tastespotting (which is where i see many of my favourite bloggers posts!) and i recite exciting and yummy ideas pass my husband who so really doesn't care but amuses me by smiling and nodding and the occasional "ooh, nice" or "oh that sounds good!" while he watches tv, honestly as long as it tastes and looks good he will eat it =)

If you love coffee and you love jelly, this is the treat for you! The Food Librarian is one of my favourite food blogs, i especially loved her 30 days of Bundt Cakes and she sure knows how to make cool jelly! I have already tried her Easter Jello with great success, well almost! It sure looked awesome and tasted great! Now for the Coffee Jello which had me at hello!

The recipe straight from The Food Librarian

1/2 c cold water
2 cups strong coffee, hot.
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
3 packages of Knox unflavored gelatin

1. Place 1/2 c cold water in a bowl.
2. Sprinkle 3 unflavored gelatin packets over the water. Let sit until the gelatin blooms, about 10 minutes.
3. Stir in the hot coffee and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
4. Stir in the can of sweetened condensed milk.
5. Pour into glass pan. Thickness of finished jello depends on the size of the pan. I used a 7 x 11 pan but a 9 x 13 pan will give you thinner pieces and an 8 x 8 pan will give you thicker pieces.

I used instant coffee, 8 tbsp, i found that worked after i saw That Winsome Girl tried it =) and i used an 8 x 6 inch dish which gave me a decent height to cut into cubes.
Turned out delicious!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

pastel easter jelly

Have i mentioned yet how much i love everything about jelly? While browsing the net for new interesting ideas, i found this recipe, so i say thankyou to the Food Librarian =) a fun colourful and delicious jelly for me to try! hehe (the good thing about jelly is my husband doesn't like it, it's all mine mwahahaha)

i adjusted it slightly....but not by much, because mine split while setting, i think because i added the milky mixture too soon, my jello was still hot and wasnt dissolved properly. The top green layer you'll note worked better because i figured that out, although the split layering does look kinda cool. Mind you if i wanetd it like that i bet it wouldn't happen again! =P

Easter Jello
3 or 4 boxes jello (you pick colours)
2 packets Knox gelatine
1 tin sweetened condensed milk

For each layer:
1 packet jello
1/2 package of Knox gelatin.
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup milky mixture (that you make in a minute)

Mix until totally dissolved.

Wait for it to cool to luke warm before adding the milk mixture so it blends better.

Meanwhile, while your jello cools, in a separate glass measuring jug, empty 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Add enough boiling water to make 2 cups of liquid. Let cool slightly.

Add 1/2 cup of the milky mixture to the dissolved colored jello.

Pour into pan and let set for about 30 minutes (depending on how much gelatin you use and if you let the mixture cool a bit before pouring). Make sure your refrigerator is level! :)

Continue for other colors. Make sure every layer is set right before adding more or they will meld together. You can make up to 4 layers with the 2 cups of milky mixture.

I used watermelon pink, blueberry blue and lime green.
Lemon yellow would be good, purple grape came out too dark, so I didn’t use it.
Overall a wonderful result!

Friday, February 5, 2010

rainbow layered jelly

i love jelly. the colours, the texture, the fun you can have with it!

i've been browsing online for jelly recipes that are a little more fun and unusual that your everyday bowl of jello. i found quite a few recipes which i can guarantee i will try as this first experiment went so well, looked so good and tasted great!

ok. so...

i picked 6 packets of jelly for colour and flavours i like =)

(grape, blueberry, lime, lemon, orange & raspberry)
i used a 9"x13"x2" pyrex bowl but you could use smaller one for thicker layers

line the pan lightly with a non stick spray, get a flat fridge space ready

starting with purple/grape ( i wanted red on top to finish)
boil water.

mix jelly into 1 cup of boiled water stir well until dissolved.
measure and pour 2/3 cup of this mix into the base of your pan.
refrigerate. leave to set for minimum 15 minutes

meanwhile add enough cool whip/thick cream to make the remaining jelly mix back up to 2/3 cup, stir well until mixed and wait.

once the other layer is set, pour the cream/jelly mix over the top evenly and wait another 15 minutes and repeat with the other flavours.

most important is to make sure your tray is straight
and that you WAIT for it to set before you move it or add more =)

patience...for wondrous things await you hehe

original recipe found here browsing google last night =)