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Jelly & Ice Cream September 14, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipes — Jen @ 9:39 am
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I got rather excited (albeit prematurely) that this year we were going to have a wonderful summer – there were at least 3 solidly sunny weekends in Devon – and so went searching for some fun summer desserts. Unfortunately it’s taken so long for me to actually write these up that it’s now September, but let’s hang onto summer for a little bit longer…..

I have combined two different recipes in this post, just because they seemed to fit quite well! I tried them both separately – but feel free to give them ago together. Thanks to BBC Food & the Daily Mail for the recipes respectively.

Sparkling Jelly

Sparkling Jelly - The Final Product

  • 300ml hot water
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 500ml sparkling rose wine
  • 4 leaves of gelatine
  • 150g raspberries
  • Put the water and sugar into a saucepan over a low to medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar, then raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, simmer for five minutes, then remove the pan.  Pour the sparkling wine into a separate bowl and add the gelatine. Leave this until the leaves are soft and squidgy (this should take a couple of minutes).Once soft, remove the leaves from the wine, squeezing off as much liquid as possible, and add them to the sugar syrup.Whisk furiously until the gelatine has completely dissolved (this shouldn’t take too long), then pour the syrup mixture into the bowl with the sparkling wine and whisk to combine.

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    Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie June 3, 2010

    I know it sounds strange but give it a chance. It’s the 4th recipe I’ve tried out from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book (the first being the lemon cupcakes and the middle two being varying cookie recipes). It was one of those decisions that went along the lines ‘sounds so strange it must be good’. I’m sure we’ve all baked something under that proviso and it paid off. It was pretty easy to put together (although there are a couple of different layers going on so make sure you’ve got plenty of mixing bowls handy!) I made it for a BBQ and probably got the best feedback ever received on some of my baked goods so I recommend everyone to go and by the book and make them. I’ve posted a picture Cat took of the last remaining slice below.

    Some thanks has to go to my beautiful, shining new KitchenAid mixer. Now I have one I’m not sure what I did without one.


    The final product!