When planning Luke’s birthday meal, I was stumped when it came to deciding what to follow a rather filling main course such as paella. I didn’t think a heavy chocolate dessert or cheesecake would do the trick and wanted to make something light and refreshing (any attempt to make me feel a little more summery!).
After browsing through the BBC Good Food website I came across a pudding that incorporated the fruity refreshing flavours of clementines with my favourite celebration drink; prosecco. Some of the reviews claimed this dish was ‘lacking in flavour’ so I opted to substitute the prosecco for one of the bottles of Clementine Bucks Fizz we had leftover from all our Christmas festivities.
As I was only making enough for two of us, I did adjust the ingredient quantities somewhat and since I couldn’t find gelatine leaves as the recipe suggested, I substituted gelatine powder. Here’s what you need:
200ml clementine juice (from about 6 clementines)
Juice of one lemon
100ml Bucks Fizz
½ sachet gelatine powder
- Juice the clementines in a blender
- Put 50-100ml of the clementine juice into a small pan and gently heat
- When the juice is just simmering, remove from the heat and add the gelatine power. Stir thoroughly, making sure there are no visible lumps of gelatine before you continue
- Stir the hot juice into the rest of the juice with the Bucks Fizz, then transfer to a jug
- Pour between 2-4 small glasses, cover with a sheet of cling film and chill for at least 4 hrs until set
- Decorate with a lemon wedge or mint leaf (optional)
These were the perfect accompaniment to an otherwise heavy meal and were incredibly refreshing and palate cleansing.
My one criticism would be that peeling and juicing the fruit was rather time consuming and they did not produce a smooth jelly as I didn’t strain the blended clementines (an easier option would be clementine juice if you can get it) but for those who like bits (Luke) it was yummy!
Here’s the finished article…
And here’s Luke enjoying the rest of the Bucks Fizz! (well, it was his birthday weekend after all)
For those of you who wish to try the original recipe and not my Christmas leftover variation, you can find it here http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/896661/clementine-and-prosecco-jellies