A strawberry jelly is the stuff of childhood dreams. Sunday afternoon tea is never right without one, and as the base of a trifle, it is a classic. There are, however, jellies and proper jelly. Often, jelly is made using a shop-bought jelly block which is a concentrated, flavoured gelatin block which requires only boiling water to make it, Then there is proper jelly, made with fruit, sugar and gelatin for the setting.
Jelly can be served simply on its own as it is so flavourful, but jelly is fabulous with some whipped cream or ice cream and even custard, which together is a classic of the tea time table.
- 200g (1 cup) caster sugar
- 600ml (1 pint/) water
- 500g (1 lb) fresh strawberries, gently washed and green stalk removed
- 11g (¼ oz) powdered gelatin
- To make the strawberry jelly, place the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil fiercely for five minutes then remove the pan from the heat and place to one side and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, take 4 or 5 of the fresh strawberries and keep to one side.
- Pulp the remaining strawberries with a hand blender or place into a food processor or blender. Place the strawberry pulp into a large basin and pour over the cooled sugar and water syrup. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to infuse for a minimum of thirty minutes, longer if you have the time, up to two hours.
- Once infused, pass the strawberry mixture through a fine sieve to remove any of the strawberry pulp and seeds. Keep to one side.
- Place ¼ cup of cold water into a small dish, sprinkle the powdered gelatin into the water and leave untouched for five minutes.
- Heat one cup of the strawberry and sugar syrup in a small saucepan. Add the powdered gelatin and the water, simmer very gently (do not allow to boil) until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Stir the dissolved gelatin into the strawberry liquid.
- Fill a 1½ pint jelly mould with the resulting strawberry liquid. Place into the refrigerator and leave to set, this will take a couple of hours, and if you can leave it, overnight. The jelly is ready when it wobbles just slightly, you dont want it to be too hard, the fun of jelly is on the wobble.
- To Serve: Decorate with the remaining strawberries and serve with fresh cream, ice cream or as above. You can also use other seasonal fruits, raspberries make a great partner to the strawberry jelly.
What is the Difference Between Jelly and Jello
For non-Brits British Jelly is not jam or fruit jelly spread as it is known in the States just as jam is not jello. British jelly is, well, quite simply jelly.