Jelly sweets have long been a favorite of mine. I'm not talking about jelly you spread on toast. I'm talking about the jiggly kind. We all have our memories of eating jello in summer, and I certainly had my fair share of red jello growing up.
I recently came across a post about tea jelly (or jello, to us Americans), that captures all of the joy of our childhoods, yet brings it up a notch, and makes us feel less guilty about digging our spoons into something jiggly and sweet.
Why should kids have all the fun?!
You could make tea jellies with virtually any tea (black, green, herbal and fruit!), but the recipe below uses our Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea.
Even better, have a geeky tea tasting with hot, iced, and jelly versions of your favorite tea!
Green Tea Jasmine Dragon Pearl
Jasmine Dragon Tea Jelly
Makes 4 servings
2 packages of unflavored gelatin powder, or agar agar (vegetarian)
3 cups of water, divided
4-6 tbs. agave (or less to taste)
In a small bowl, mix gelatin and 1/2 cup of water. Let the gelatin bloom for about 5 minutes.
In a small pot, bring the remaining 2.5 cups of water to steaming (185 degrees). Remove from heat, and add the 4 tsp of tea to the water. Let it steep for 3 minutes. Your tea leaves should be unfurled. Pour the tea and tea leaves over a fine mesh strainer (or a tea ball) in a bowl, and then pour the tea back into the pot. Save the tea leaves for a resteep!
Add the gelatin mixture to the hot tea in the pot. Stir until dissolved. Add agave and stir well. At this point, taste to see if it's sweet enough for you (the jelly will taste less sweet after it's chilled).
Pour the warm gelatin mixture into your mold, or if you're making small jellies, pour into a pyrex or similar container with a spout. Carefully pour into your molds, and chill for a few hours until set.
I'm sure you won't be able to wait for that moment you pop a jelly into your mouth and smile as your childhood memories come rushing back to you! (At least that's what happened to me).