As promised many weeks ago.....
In my ideal world I would eat like a Paleo. I try to incorporate most areas into our house on a day to day basis without being extreme. For example we always eat some animal protein/fat (pastured/organic of course) with any plant based foods. We drink only unpasteurised milk, use cultured butter, eat only organic fruit/vegetables that are in season, soak our lentils, rice and nuts. I limit processed sugars at home. If I'm making something that requires sweetness I use maple syrup, honey or unrefined cane sugar.
I try and make all the kids sweet treats and jelly just happens to be a new favourite!
It really couldn't be easier to make and it's so good for you and the flavours you can make are endless.
Berry Jelly and Apple & Cinnamon Jelly
What you need:
500g of fruit of choice - frozen fruit works just as well as fresh
1/2 vanilla pod - scrapped of its seeds
heaped teaspoon of cinnamon (apple jelly only)
1 tablespoon of sweetener of your choice - I would use rice malt or cane sugar because they are flavourless
a squeeze of lemon
1 tablespoon of great lakes gelatin
How to make it:
Cook everything together (except the gelatin) bring to a simmer and cook for 20min
Taste and adjust your sweetener if needed - my kids don't like it to sweet
Once ready pass it through a sieve being careful not to push the pulp through if you want a clear jelly, if you're not fussed push all the juice out.
Check that you have 500ml of liquid and bring to back up to a boil - turn off the heat and whisk in your gelatin till its all dissolved, then pour into your moulds.
My perfect dessert would be jelly with finely diced fresh strawberries and homemade runny custard.
©Michelle Schoeps 2013
All recipes and photos by Michelle Schoeps