Have you noticed that nobody seems to make jello any more??
I hit on this astonishing fact the other day.
To my mind Jello, also known as jelly, is such a crazy yummy, simple, healthy and quick dessert / treat, that it deserves a revival. And I do not mean store bought Jello, because homemade jello is sooo much better, and just as easy to make.
My Granny used to make this delicious homemade orange and cream jello whiched she loved. I watched her making it once as a tiny tot, and I can still remember the fascination of the seeing the dish of orange juice and cream go into the refrigerator in liquid state, and come out all jiggly and delicious.
This is not the same recipe (I think I will get it on the blog when orange season hits!), but the inspiration definitely comes from her. My Granny’s name was Daphne, and she was one of those soft sweet grannies that call you ‘lovie’ and ‘poppet’ and make you doll’s dresses and help you with your alphabet. I miss her, and I decided that homemade Jello shall live on through her granddaughter. Thank you Granny!
While oranges might not be in season at the moment, we had a huge frozen bottle of fresh pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice is amazing, so unusual. If you get pomegranate juice in your locality – then you will know what I mean.
And once transformed by cold in the fridge to jiggly perfection, I was so happy with my purple pomegranate dessert. And you know what the Troll’s verdict was? ‘D*mn good stuff’. By the way , the Troll is incredibly honest. That is why I rely on him as my filter for recipe testing. A girl who was brought up on 80% fruit and vegetables can eat some pretty way out stuff, but a starch addict has that more refined (limited?) palette which will really tell you if something is going to be received well by the general public.
Before we get to the recipe, I just want to say that I did not heat the pomegranate juice. Usually homemade jello instructions tell you to do so, so that you can dissolve the gelatin in it. Brought up to be hardened against cooking fruit (the beneficial elements become denatured and… the fruit / fruit juice is no longer alkalizing to the body.. If I remember correctly), I just can’t do it! Shows what positive brain washing can do : D.
So instead I heat a small amount of water to boiling, and add the gelatin to this,. Then combine with the juice and pour into ramekins. And there you basically have the recipe! It is that easy.
Oh! And lastly. Its really good with a bit of cream poured over…. Just saying.
Pomegranate Easy From-Scratch JelloPrint This
- 2 cups of pomegranate juice
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 4 teaspoons gelatin powder
- Honey for sweetening
This recipe is just for two people. But if you want to make it four people just double up the quantities. The ratio between gelatin and each cup of juice is 1 teaspoon to 1 cup.
- Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, stirring quickly.
- Combine in a jug with 2 cups of cold pomegranate juice.
- Sweeten with honey here if desired. Or you can leave the honey out and if anyone wants extra sweetening it can be drizzled on at serving.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Pour into two ramekins.
- Chill for 1/2 and hour to an hour or until set.
The jello will keep well in the fridge, so you can make it ahead of time and serve whenever. As mentioned in the steps, you can either add some honey or other sweetening into the juice itself. Or you can drizzle it over when serving.