I’m about to show you how to turn your favourite fruit cider in to one of the easiest desserts ever, fruit cider jellies. It’s ridiculously simple and -if the weather finally arrives- perfect for summer.
This is far from the jelly and ice-cream in paper bowls from your child hood. It isn’t just the alcohol content that makes this ‘grown up’ either, there is a real complex flavour to cider that you somehow can appreciate more in semi-solid wobbly form.
I chose to use Strawberry and Lime Alska, which I received in the post as a sample. It’s a Scandinavian fruit cider but the thing that sets it apart from the rest is that it is made from 100% natural ingredients. Any product that can claim that title gets instant bonus points from me. It’s just nice to know exactly what you’re eating/drinking, you know?
I’m not much of a dessert person, so my patience for making complex cakes and pastries is lacking. If I do feel like making dessert, it has to be quick, easy and pretty much make it’s self. Like fruit cider jellies? Exactly like that.
Given the masses of different cider flavours available now, this basic recipe should give you endless flavour combinations. I topped mine off with some summer strawberries, but you could be more creative than that if you wanted. Maybe a syllabub?
I’d love to hear what you choose to top yours with, and also your favourite fruit cider flavour. For me, it’s a toss up between elderflower and pear. When the elderflower in our garden comes in to flower, I’ll be making these again and infusing my own cider.
- 1L Cider
- 10 gelatine leaves
- Fruit to serve
- Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl and cover with cold water to allow it to 'bloom', this will take around 5 minutes.
- Whilst waiting for the gelatine to bloom, pour half of the cider in to a pan over a low heat. Do not allow the liquid to boil.
- After 5 minutes or so, the leaves should be wrinkled and have expanded.
- Remove the leaves from the water and add them to the warmed cider. Take the pan off the heat and stir until the leaves have dissolved completely.
- Add the remaining cider to the pan and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture in to jars, glasses or jelly moulds then transfer to the fridge to set for around 4 hours or until firm.
- Once set, top with fruit to complement the flavour of the cider you choose.