Fruit Jelly Candies
These colorful fruit jellies can be cut to any size before being rolled in sugar.
- Yield: Makes 85 to 90
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1995/1996
- 2 ounces gelatin (plus 1 more ounce if making pineapple jellies)
- 2 cups water
- 4 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- 1 cup superfine or confectioners' sugar
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- Flavoring of your choice, see below
To Make The Jelly Candies
Spray two 8-inch square pans with vegetable-oil spray. Prepare flavoring.
In a 6-quart saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 2 cups water; let gelatin soften for about 3 minutes. Add granulated sugar and citric acid. Heat slowly over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals.
Increase heat to high; bring gelatin to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and boil gelatin, without stirring, 15 minutes. The syrup needs to be watched while it boils; if it starts to turn dark tan before the 15 minutes, it is ready. Remove from heat.
Let stand for 5 minutes while bubbles dissipate; some white foam will remain. Whisk in flavoring. Without scraping pot, pour evenly into prepared pans. Let stand, uncovered, for 24 hours. Unmold, cut into 1-inch squares or other desired shapes; roll in superfine or confectioners' sugar, and serve.
For Rose Jelly Flavoring
Whisk together 1/4 cup red-currant jelly, sieved to remove seeds and 1 tablespoon rose water in a small bowl.
For Apricot Jelly Flavoring
Chop 4 ounces dried apricots medium fine, place in a small saucepan, and add 1 cup water.
Cover, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low, and cook, covered, until water has been absorbed, 10 to 20 minutes. Transfer apricots to a food processor. Process to a fine puree. Transfer to a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon or apricot oil or orange-flower water.
For Cranberry Jelly Flavoring
Place 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries and 1 cup water in a saucepan; cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cook until water has been absorbed, 10 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Process to a fine puree. Transfer to a bowl. Whisk in 1 tablespoon orange-flower water and 1 cup dried cranberries.
For Fig Jelly Flavoring
Place 6 ounces dried figs, chopped medium fine, in a small saucepan, add 1 cup dry red wine and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low, and cook for 15 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Transfer to the bowl of a food processor, and puree. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract.
For Grape Jelly Flavoring
Mix together 1/2 cup boysenberry or grape jelly and 1 tablespoon pure anise extract or oil in a small bowl.
For Pineapple Jelly Flavoring
Chop 8 ounces dried pineapple medium fine. Place in a saucepan with 1 cup water; cover. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium-low heat until most of the water has been absorbed, 15 minutes.
Transfer to the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is as smooth as possible. Transfer to a small bowl, and mix in 1 tablespoon lemon oil.