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Pomegranate Jellies

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Pomegranate Jellies
Christina Soong-Kroeger

Pomegranates are a delightful fruit that can be enjoyed in salads, rices, lamb dishes of course, dessert.

While pomegranate arils (seeds) are a lovely addition to an exotic fruit salad this quick and easy recipe uses both the juice - to make the jelly - and the arils, which are sprinkled on top.

This dessert has a wonderful berry-ish, tart flavour, while the contrast between the jelly and the fresh fruit is delightful.

I like these jellies just as they are but you could serve them with a blob of whipped cream or ice cream if you wanted a sweeter dessert. Either way, don't forget the mint garnish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Chilling: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

  • 125mls hot water
  • 4 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 1 473ml bottle pomegranate juice
  • 1 pomegranate
  • Few springs fresh mint

Preparation:

  1. Fill a jug with hot water.
  2. Stir in gelatine and whisk briskly until completely dissolved.
  3. Pour in pomegranate juice and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour evenly into four 200mls glasses or dessert bowls
  5. Refrigerate for at least six hours or overnight to set.
  6. Once jellies are set,remove from the refrigerator and place on the kitchen bench.
  7. Cut open the pomegranate with a sharp knife on a chopping board. Watch out for the juice as it can stain clothes.
  8. Use your hands to bend each pomegranate half forwards and backwards to loosen the seeds.
  9. Then, get a bowl and place on the chopping board.
  10. Holding a half over the bowl, use a mallet, wooden spoon or other heavy object to thump the skin of the pomegranate so that the seeds drop into the bowl. This reduces the amount of bruising and squashed seeds.
  11. Keep bashing until all the seeds are in the bowl.
  12. Repeat with other half until all of the seeds are in the bowl.
  13. Using a spoon, divide the seeds equally on top of the jellies, piling them up high for a better effect.
  14. Garnish with a mint sprig.
  15. These jellies can be returned to the refrigerator until required.

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