Thursday, September 26, 2013

I am in love with desserts that set using Gelatin (use Agar Agar as substitute, see notes)

I first made this condensed milk jelly to use as the white layer when I made the Finger Jello. Oh.. Finger Jello, I miss it. Have to make it again soon. I had made some silly mistakes the first time so I need to make it again and make it even better.

I used the condensed milk jelly recently to prepare a layer in the layered dessert I made which I am yet to name and it set so beautifully.

So back to the condensed milk jelly, It is a very simple recipe and uses just three ingredients, condensed milk, water and gelatin (use Agar Agar as substitute, see notes)

As this is a plain white jelly you can use it as a canvas and form designs, add flavors or colors to it and perk it up. I am planning to soon make a layered rainbow condensed milk Jelly. If someone has already made it then great else I copyright it right away :)

Here is the recipe..

Makes as many servings as you want depending on how you plan to serve

Ingredients :
Condensed Milk - 1 tin (400 grams)
Boiling Water - 1 1/2 cups
Cold water - 1/2 cup 
Gelatin - 5 Teaspoons (Substitute with Agar Agar, see notes below)

Method :
1. In a small mixing bowl add cold water. 
2. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the cold water and leave it aside for 5 minutes.
3. In a large mixing bowl add the condensed milk.
4. To this add 1 cup of boiling hot water.
5. Mix well to combine.
6. Add the swollen up gelatin and mix well to combine.
7. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of boiling water and mix well to combine.
8. Let it cool down to room temperature to use.
9. It will not set till the time it is refrigerated. Takes just 30 minutes to set.
10. Keep at room temperature on counter top with regular stirring to use as desired.

Options :
1. Add to individual bowls to set. Add some fresh or canned fruits at the base of the bowl before pouring the condensed milk jelly.
2. Use as a layer in Finger Jello.
3. Add as a layer to any chilled dessert. 
4. Set in one large rectangular tray and cut into pieces of desired shape.
5. Add color or flavor to make colorful and flavored condensed milk jelly.

Enjoy Condensed milk Jelly

Notes :

Halal gelatin is not available in several countries due to which muslims do not prepare several yummy desserts that call for gelatin. The same is the case with vegetarians who do not consume gelatin.

You can now prepare those desserts by substituting with agar agar also known as china grass which is vegetarian. 

Agar agar is a traditional substitute for gelatin in many recipes and basically it substitutes at a ratio of an equal amount of agar agar for gelatin when substituting like for like (that is powdered for powdered, etc).

[1] One tablespoon of powdered agar agar can be used in place of one tablespoon of powdered gelatin.

[2]The granulated form of agar agar is twice as strong as the flaked form, while the powdered form is three times as strong.

[3]Follow the instructions for activating agar agar with great care. It does not set at the same temperatures as gelatin, hence people tend to assume it doesn't work. However, it does, provided it is handled correctly. For example, agar agar requires a rapid boil and not a mere simmer in order to activate when added to a recipe requiring heating.

[4]And, agar agar gels at room temperature when gelatin requires chilling.

[5]Soak agar agar first for 10 minutes in the liquid it is to be cooked in. This makes it easier to dissolve.

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  1. I am a gelatine and sweetened condensed milk buff will definitely add a layer of this to my already famous

  2. That's a cool idea for a dessert. I have had all types of jellies during my sweet tooth moments but this is my first experience with this particular one. I will give it some consideration next time I am planning a dessert.

  3. I tried it. Didn't work.after I put cold water in got water. I noticed all the agar aagar was caked at the bottom of the cold water bowl.


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