Friday, 29 August 2014

If life throws you lemons...

One of the joys of living in the country is the fruit trees. There seems to be an abundance of lemon trees in our part of the world. Five for a dollar is the going rate, written on cardboard and perched next to a crate at the end of driveways. My fruit bowl is always full. Not only are lemons a versatile ingredient, they make a great decorations too.

Lemon Jelly

8 - 10 lemons, juiced and finely grate the rind
130 grams caster sugar
400ml lemonade (sugar free)
6 gold strength gelatine leaves

Place the rind, juice, sugar and lemonade in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, soak gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes to soften. Squeeze out excess water, then add gelatine to the lemon mixture, stirring to combine. Leave to cool, then strain into a large jug. Pour into six 1-cup (250ml) moulds, then refrigerate overnight to set.

It's that easy, and tastes delish! Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nic Nurtures x

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