Thursday, December 1, 2011

This is the way we eat our jelly

We have been eating so much JELLY lately. And this is why I start singing this song...

(In the tune of a kiddy song, "This the way we wash our hands")

This is the way we eat our jelly
Eat our jelly
Eat our jelly
On a cold and frosty morning

I must admit that it is quite embarrassing that I've gone crazy making too much jelly!!! All because we all have different version of our favourite jelly and I've been making several varieties of jelly to suit our individual taste.

This mango pudding jelly recipe from about.com is my favourite. Instead of cream, I've used evaporated milk to make this low fat and low sugar jelly. I simply love it mainly for the fact that this jelly is made with all natural ingredients...real mangoes with no artificial colouring. Another good thing is that I can adjust the amount of sugar added according to my taste. Good to know that this recipe is versatile that it can be varied by replacing evaporated milk with coconut milk for a dairy-free jelly. 

Despite all the facts that I like about my favourite jelly, my husband doesn't like its soft "custard texture". He likes the firm kind of jelly just like the commercial ones sold in the supermarkets. This mango pudding from Happy Home Baking is exactly what my husband like. This recipe is really easy to make and very delicious to eat.

As for my son, all that he wants is blue jelly made with blueberries in blue cups. Everything has to be BLUE with no exceptions.

Now, who do you think is the real fussy jelly person?

My favourite mango pudding jelly...all made with real mangoes!
It has a soft "custard" creamy texture.
This is my husband's favourite, fast and easy mango pudding jelly.
My son favourite, ALL BLUE JELLY!
"Mummy, I love my BLUE JELLY!"

Here's the recipes of our favourite jelly.
(with my modification and extra details in blue)

My favourite mangoes pudding jelly from About.com

Serve 3-4

2 medium to large ripe mangoes (650 ml of mangoes puree)
3 tsp gelatine (16g)
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup white sugar (reduced to 50g)
1 cup good-quality coconut milk* (replaced with low fat evaporated milk)

Make sure your mangoes are ripe - the fruit should be bright orange or yellow and fairly soft. Scoop out the fruit, including around the stone. Place the fruit in a food processor or blender and blitz to create a smooth mango puree. Leave the mango in the processor/blender.
 
In a saucepan, heat up the water until it reaches a rolling bowl. Remove from heat. While stirring the water with a whisk or fork, sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the water and stir briskly in order not to have any lumps.

Add the sugar to the hot water/gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.

Add this mixture to the mango in the food processor/blender. Also add the coconut milk (evaporated milk). Blitz briefly until ingredients are combined.

Pour into dessert bowls or cups and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or up to 24 if making ahead of company coming). Serve cold on its own, or with some fresh fruit (or extra evaporated milk) and ENJOY!

*For Coconut Milk Substitutions: Instead of coconut milk, you can also use 1 cup evaporated milk. For a richer pudding, use 1 cup whipping cream, or 1/2 cup whipping cream and 1/2 cup milk.

My husband's favourite mangoes pudding jelly from Happy Home Baking

Serve 4-5

1 packet (90g) of jelly crystals (I used Aeroplane mangoes flavour jelly, 85g per pack)
1 cup (250ml) of boiling water
1 can of Carnation Evaporated Milk (I used 98% fat free one, 185ml per can)
1 mango, cut into small cubes

Pour a cup of hot boiling water into a bowl, stir in the jelly crystals making sure the crystals dissolved completely. (If the crystals doesn't dissolve completely, heat the mixture in a saucepan, stir till the crystals dissolve completely.) Set aside and let it cool off a little.

Add in the can of evaporate milk. Stir in the mango cubes. Mix well. Spoon into jelly cups. Chill in fridge to set.

After filling the jelly cups, use a teaspoon to remove air bubbles which will form on the surface, otherwise there will be unsightly bubbles on the surface of the pudding when set.

My son's blue jelly

Make 8-9 mini serves (500ml of jelly).

1 packet Aeroplane blue jelly, 85g
1 cup (250ml) of boiling water
200ml cold water
1 can blueberries (425g), drained

Empty contents of packets into a bowl and add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir and dissolve well. Add 200ml of cold water and stir. Distribute blueberries into the cups and then spoon the jelly mixture into the cups. Refrigerate until firm and wobbly (minimum 4 hrs). Place in the refrigerator to set until firm, and then serve.

Enjoy these jellies.

16 comments:

  1. oh my Zoe this looks superb we make a very similar almost exact pudding with evaporated milk.
    this looks delicious I was just thinking of posting but worried about the picture :)
    we love the mango pudding :)

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  2. I just love mango pudding esp with fresh mango slices ;) Come to think of it , I haven't made any jelly lately :P :D

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  3. I love all kinds of jelly! I prefer a slightly softer set, but I would not turn away a firmer one too! All your jellies looks delicious, would be a hit in our house, especially in the hot weather!

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  4. This jelly looks perfect. Homemade jellies are always the best.

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  5. The mangoes do sound delicious in the jelly! I love the blue of the blueberry in a blue cup though too.

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  6. That mango jelly pudding looks SOOOOOOO good - refreshing and delicious - I love the idea of your son only eating blue foods! - that's a challange :)
    Mary x

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  7. I actually don't like the jiggly jelly stuff. I'm much more of a pudding fan. However, the versions you made look great! Hope you are having fun gearing up for the holidays!

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  8. Wow this is truly super inviting and fabulous.

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  9. your jelly is great! The photo showing that you scooping out looks like a piece of mango and i can imagine the full flavour of the mango there. YUm! Very nice presentation especially the blue ones. Your boy is into smurf mood, is it?

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  10. Zoe, both the jelly looks so refreshing and delicious. Like the mango golden yellow color, make me drooling right now.... LOL

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  11. You have the jelly recipes for everyone here! I think all kids like blue jelly as mine think it tastes the best, too! "I like the 1st jelly, it's the jelly for me!" (sing as the aeroplane jelly song) :)

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  12. love mango pudding, look awesome Zoe:)

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  13. The mango jelly looks delicious! Must have this great tropical flavor!

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  14. I cooked it at home once, it was not good. But I will try your recipe. I hope I will make good this time.

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