Sweet sweet Friday: Apple jelly

Jelly on a plate

Jelly on a plate

Wibble wobble

Wibble wobble

Jelly on a plate

As a child, I could never work out why adults were so horrified at children eating jelly crystals. As a (helicopter) parent, I now realise why. This, however, is something different altogether. A wibbly-wobbly jelly containing 100 per cent pure Wairarapa apple juice and a dash of gelatine, with some crunchy apple crisps. It’s good fun to eat and reasonably good for you, whatever your age.

Apple jelly and apple crisps

I’m not about to wade into the murky waters of comparing gelatine powder to sheets – there’s good advice here for that. I used powder because it’s what I had in the cupboard, but sheets are generally thought to be superior. The apple crisps are just a bit of fun. Like the jelly they require minimal prep and attention, which is always a good thing.

500ml best quality apple juice

3 tsp powdered gelatine (in NZ, I used Davis brand)

Measure 125ml of apple juice into a small saucepan and heat until it starts to bubble. Sprinkle the gelatine over the top and whisk briskly to dissolve it. When you’re absolutely sure all the grains have disappeared, stir in the remaining juice. Pour into four ramekins and put in the fridge to set (about four hours, minimum).

For the apple crisps, cut a tart eating apple into wafer-thin slices. Line a baking tray with nonstick paper and put the slices on top. Sift about 1/8 cup icing sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon on top (turn the slices over so they’ve got a dusting of this mixture on both sides). Bake at about 150C for 30 minutes or so, until they are crisp. Remove to a rack to cool.

Have a great weekend everyone.



  1. June 14, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    As I am now collecting heart-friendly/diabetic-friendly recipes for the resident heart patient/ diabetic, I will be adding this to my list of things he can eat that are good for him but still a treat! And I can dust off my juicer too. He'll never know …

  2. June 15, 2012 / 5:29 am

    Apple jelly is a lovely idea. I bet it smells wonderful! I used to make quite a bit of jelly but you somehow think of it as out of fashion but what you've made here is so cool. We need to bring back jellies!

  3. June 15, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    Mmmmm, them apple crisps tickle my taste-buds. I will have to try them, they sound sooooooo good.
    We are all good in HK, I can't remember if I emailed you back after your lovely comment on my blog asking how I was? We are still loving it, it is just WAY too hot. So I will stay home under the aircon and sew. Not that that is a bad thing! Happy weekend to you lovely.

  4. June 18, 2012 / 12:30 am

    This looks really good. I am so going to try this. We are big apple fans and we love jelly but we never eat the jelly because of the high, high sugar content. I think we may have found a solution.

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