Recipe for Party Passion Fruit Jelly

This is my daughters  favourite fruit – so for her birthday I made this very easy jelly, and then poured it back into the shells and it looked so pretty. Passion fruit are quite sharp, so the sugar just takes off the edge of the tartness without losing any of their tang.

Ingredients:

8 passion fruit

12 gelatine leaves

750ml of cold water

130 g castor sugar

Needed: 1 pan, 2 bowls.

Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop out ALL the fruit, juice and pips into a bowl.   Keep the shells for later, removing the white membrane so the shells are smooth inside.

In a pan dissolve  the sugar in the water over a low heat, stirring till all the sugar is dissolved, let it cool a little, then pour half of it into the bowl of passion fruit, leaving the rest in the pan for later.

In the meantime soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water for 3 minutes or so, so it swells up.  Then take out, gently  squeeze out the water and put in the pan with the rest of the sugared water. Turn on a low heat so the gelatine starts to melt – do NOT boil or else the gelatine won’t set  well.

Once it’s all melted take off the heat and add it to the rest of the sugared passion fruit mix and stir well together.

Finally, pour out into the passion fruit shells – if they are too wobbly put them in ramekins or coffee cups to keep upright until they set – or you can slice a tiny bit off the bottom so there is a flat base for them to rest on. This makes more than the 16 shells you’ll have so put the rest in a bowl or a couple of ramekins for later – believe me you’ll want to keep your own stash for after the party!

Pop them in the fridge for quick setting - as they are fairly small they set quickly.

Mine were ready to serve in about 2 hours and I put them in a large bowl in the middle of the table and  they were gobbled up quickly!