Jubilee recipe: Pimms jelly

By Lisa Roukin, May 31, 2012
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Pimms jelly

Pimms jelly

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 8 minutes

Setting time: 6-8 hours, preferably overnight

Serves 8 (in 8 wine glasses or 1 large mould)

INGREDIENTS

3 x 330ml cans of lemonade

330ml Pimms No 1

5 mint sprigs

1 large orange

175g (8) strawberries, cut into small cubes

¼ cucumber, deseeded, cut into small cubes

2 white nectarines, cut into small cubes

30g kosher (Aqua) gelatine crystals (6 sachets)

150ml boiling water

100g demerara sugar

For the optional garnish:

250g mascarpone

300ml double cream, whipped

3 tsp icing sugar

Mint sprigs

4 strawberries, halved

METHOD

In a large measuring jug combine the lemonade, Pimms and two sprigs of mint.

Slice away the skin and pith from the orange, cut out the segments, dice the flesh and add the other chopped fruit and cucumber. Add any excess juice to the Pimms.

Combine the demerara sugar and boiling water in a saucepan together with the remaining mint. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Turn up the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Discard all the mint.

Add the gelatine to the mint syrup and whisk strongly until it has dissolved — you may need to place the saucepan back over a gentle heat.

Once the crystals have dissolved, add the syrup to the Pimms.

Pour the mixture through a fine sieve. If you find gelatine crystals in the sieve, dissolve them in a little hot water, then pour this back into the mixture.

Divide the fruit and cucumber between the glasses. Using a ladle pour in the Pimms mixture, and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, preferably over night until they have completely set. Garnish with mint sprigs and strawberries.

If you are using the optional dairy topping, beat the mascarpone and icing sugar until smooth.

Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone and then place in a piping bag and decorate the top.

Garnish as above.

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    Last updated: 11:02am, May 31 2012