Christmas jelly – not just for babies and toddlers…

Continuing on with the request for some Christmas recipes the very young can enjoy, here is another one that’s pretty easy to make. It is well suited to an Australian Christmas, but I think it can be eaten alongside a hot Christmas pudding and apple pie, too!

Christmas jelly

200 ml hot water
4 teaspoons gelatine
100ml red fruit juice
100ml green fruit juice
1 – 2 tablespoons chopped cherries or strawberries
1-2 tablespoons sliced grapes or kiwi fruit pieces

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of gelatine in 100ml hot water.

Stir into the red fruit juice.

Pour into a small bow or jelly mould. Add the grapes or kiwi fruit.

Put into the fridge to set.

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of gelatine in 100ml hot water.

Stir into the green fruit juice.

Pour into a small bow or jelly mould. Add the cherries/strawberries.

Put into the fridge to set.

Serve together, tipped onto a plate or straight into bowls.

In total, this makes about one metric cup of jelly which is a side serve for about two people or a few days’ supply for a baby or young toddler.

Notes:

  1. juicing the fruit yourself is a much healthier option, but bottled juice works. Red juice can be cranberry or mix apple with raspberries, cherries and strawberries. Green juice can be made from kiwi fruit, apple and celery together, green grapes or a combination.
  2. you can of course use packets of jelly instead of gelatine and fruit juice but it has a lot more sugar and less satisfaction!
  3. stand your jelly bowl in a hot water for 30 – 60 seconds to make it easier to tip out once it’s set

 

Have you ever made your own jelly?

Surprised to find it is this easy? I know I was when I made it for my first baby – it’s such as easy thing to feed them but I didn’t want the sugar and additives of the commercial jelly.

Have you ever left a bowl of jelly out for Santa? I haven’t but it’s not a bad idea, especially if it’s hot on Christmas Eve!

6 Responses to Christmas jelly – not just for babies and toddlers…

  • dhrynio says:

    Sounds really yummy!! Jelly/jam is actually quite easy!! This year I tried a new one and made it with quince! I love the mix of sweet and sour. As for Christmas colored things, my mom made cinnamon spiced pears and canned them with red food coloring in some jars and green in the others. When she served them you got a bowl with some red and some green! They were so visually appealing and tasty too!

    • Santa's Elf says:

      In Australia, jelly is a wobbly dessert made with gelatine and jam is a spread you put on toast (not made with gelatine, just sugar, fruit and maybe pectin for setting) – quite different things although both are yummy and made from fruit.

      Those pears sound great – very colourful and the cinnamon would be quite tasty.
      Santa’s Elf recently posted…Toddler’s Christmas dessert

  • dhrynio says:

    Ha, thank you for the explanation! I love the differences in English word meanings by region. Learn something new every day!

  • JaimieSkye says:

    I think I’ll make this with my kids and tell them it’s an Australian food. They will think that’s the coolest thing ever. I think I’ll put it in clear mason jars to show off how pretty it is when it’s all set up.

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