Saturday 3 July 2010

Sparkling Elderflower and Summer Fruit Jellies

I've been wanting to make jellies for ages. So much so that my friends bought me some jelly moulds for my birthday. My plan was to make a version of some of the champagne/white wine and fruit recipes using elderflower cordial. Term ran out before I managed to make them (and I drank all the cordial we had in the flat). 

Then we made homemade Elderflower Cordial the other day. The time had come to make my jellies!

To work out the recipe, I filled each mould with water, then poured it into a measuring jug. The capacity was 500ml. Then I tipped all my fruit into the jug and measured the water displaced - about 200ml. I therefore needed 300ml of elderflower solution to fill the moulds.  I made the elderflower solution slightly stronger than I would drink it to make sure the flavour came through, which worked. 

They didn't turn out perfectly, with some little bits sticking to the mould - any tips? I've thought about increasing the gelatine, maybe by half a leaf or so - I don't like rubbery jelly so I don't want to add too much more. 

All in all, though, I was very pleased with these. They tasted great and lasted for several days in the fridge without the fruit going off.  Mum even reckoned they were better on the second day. They have a light sparkle of bubbles - not as many as with champagne jellies, but it gives the jelly some life.  As a dessert for a hot summer day that's not frozen, they're perfect - light, refreshing and delicious. 

Sparkling Elderflower and Summer Fruit Jellies

Edit: I've removed the recipe as I'm not happy with it and don't want you to try it and be disappointed.


  1. Fantastic. I have some store bought elderflower cordial so I will keep this recipe in mind. Not too sure what to suggest for the moulds though, I've never actually made jelly before!

  2. Before I was given the moulds, I was was intending to make these in small, clear glasses if that helps... You also wouldn't then have any problems with turning out. It's an exciting process, give it a try!

  3. They look so beautiful! About your problem with the gelatin sticking... I've always made my gelatin desserts in glass containers and never had a problem with sticking after running under hot water. I've only had problems with plastic.

  4. These look delicious! Perfect for a warm summers day! Your blog is fantastic, I really enjoy it - lovely photographs and thanks for sharing your recipes!

    Generally, when I make anything jelly-like (usually panna cotta), I use those individual silicone patty cake cases - works brilliantly, very easy to pop out and neat.

    Luana :)

  5. Mumber - that's interesting, what kind of glass moulds do you have?

    Luana - silicone cases sound like a good idea, I might try that next time.

  6. These look fantastic, very refreshing, I have some moulds like this but never got around to using them.

    By the way, I was just looking at an amazing Maltesers layer cake on My Dish contributed by someone named poiresauchocolat - is it from you by any chance? I reckon it's the best thing they've had submitted so I hope you win if it's you.

  7. Sarah - Yep, that's me. I found the competition through your post and as I had made that cake a few weeks ago thought I might as well give it a go! Have you uploaded your entries yet? Best of luck!

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