Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Plum and cinnamon jellies

Plum and cinnamon jellies / Gelatina de ameixa e canela

Plum jellies – to me, this dessert sounded so unusual; my thoughts exactly after reading, a long time ago, that Sean Penn would play a gay man in a movie. Turns out he was perfect for the part and the movie was excellent – and I’m not even a fan of Gus Van Sant.

As for the jellies, I ate 3 out of the 4 portions – I thought you should know that. :)

Plum and cinnamon jellies
from Kitchen: The Best of the Best

6 large plums, stoned and quartered
1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons (218g) caster (superfine) sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped with the back of the knife
750ml water
juice of 1-2 oranges
6 gelatin leaves
sweetened whipped cream, to serve

Put the plums, sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla seeds and bean and the water into a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain the syrup through a fine sieve into a measuring jug. Add enough orange juice to make 600ml plum syrup*.
Soak the gelatin leaves in a large bowl of cold water for 10-15 minutes or until very soft. Return the syrup to the saucepan over low heat, until the syrup is warm. Squeeze any excess liquid from the gelatin leaves, then stir them into the warm syrup. Pour the jelly into four 150ml capacity molds and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Serve with cream.

*I got 600ml without having to add any orange juice

Serves 4

7 comments:

Marilyn said...

Never had plum and cinnamon jelly - sounds tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

This sounds like a perfect heat for this sweltering heat we're having in Sydney right now!

Megan said...

That looks soooooo good! And I like that you ate 3 out of the 4 servings! Makes me smile!

Priya said...

Pretty jellies..

Nina said...

How perfectly wonderful that you had 3 of 4! I have never had a plum jelly before; your recipe sounds delicious. Agree with you on MILK, btw--he was great in that!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I was actually just looking at the spring DH and loving the jewel-colored jellies in the back. Yours look great, and are inspiring me even more to try my hand at this refreshing treat.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Marilyn, thank you for stopping by!

Maria, it's very hot here in Sao Paulo, too! :D

Megan, thank you! I shouldn't have eaten all of them, but I could not resist. Shame on me. ;)

Priya, thank you!

Nina, thank you! I was so intrigued by the recipe I HAD to make it. ;)

Xiaolu, I hope you give these a go - jellies made out of real fruit juice are wonderful! I have got to try Jamie Oliver's clementine jelli. Yum!

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