Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hell-O Jell-O!

Sad to say, I have never felt that there's always room for Jell-O.  It's OK once or twice a year, but I'm not a huge fan (and I won't even touch anything in aspic..eew!).   But that was before I saw Jellymongers: glow-in-the dark jelly, titanic jelly, flaming jelly, by the world's foremost purveyors Bompas & Parr.  Starting out with a general overview of jellymaking techniques - proper molds, calculating volumes and using sugar syrups for the fullest flavor - Bompas & Parr then gently take the reader into the wonderful world of technicolor desserts.  Cherry jelly, lemon jelly, rhubarb & rosé jelly, even pineapple jelly (yes, it can be done!) are clearly explained.  Then comes the fun.
1.  Hollowed-out clementine oranges, filled with multiple thin layers of blancmange (white) and clementine jelly (orange), then cut into gorgeous sections.
2.  Clear champagne jelly, with brightly-colored summer berries suspended in the shape
3.  Vodka jelly that has been flavored and colored with Skittles®
4.  Black cherry jelly pyramids topped with pure gold tips (apparently, gold leaf will just 'pass through')
5.  Gin & tonic jellies that glow in the dark (under a black light)
6.  An aphrodisiac jelly that you really have to see to appreciate....
You'll never look at a packet of plain gelatin in the same way.

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