Sunday, 26 June 2011

Pink Grapefruit Jelly with Mint Granita

This refreshing little jelly is completely vegan with the help of agar agar. God bless the Japanese! Don't bother buying agar from a health food shop, it is ridiculously overpriced. Head to your nearest Asian grocer, they will have it much cheaper!

For the Jelly
300 ml pink grapefruit juice
100 ml water
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon powdered agar

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix for 30 seconds. Pour into a small saucepan on medium heat and stir until hot, you will feel it thicken a little when the agar has melted. Let cool slightly, then pour into shot glasses (or in my case, sherry glasses from my Nan, aren't they cute?) Put into fridge to set. You get about four serves this small.

For the Granita
I must admit I cheated a little here. I had some pina colada slushy mix made up in the freezer, so I just added some mint to a few spoonfuls of that. You can make your own "instant" granita by mixing
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
chopped mint leaves

Blend to dissolve, then our into container and freeze overnight. The alcohol prevents it from becoming a block, and if you scrape it with a fork it creates an "instant" granita without having to take am mixture in and out of the freezer over several hours.

When ready to serve, top jellies with granita and garnish with tiny mint leaves.

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