Tarragon Jelly Sweet

This was a crazy idea I had. Wanting to see how I could incorporate herbs into sweets. I love the flavour of tarragon: it's peppery, liquorice, citrus and aniseed flavour. Is great in savoury dishes, like spicy turkey and tarragon burger and soups etc. 
Everything I was thinking of in sweet form I couldn't imagine them working with this. But then I had a eureka moment and thought jelly!!...jellies are the way to go. They take the flavour of whatever you use and will not overpower like most of the fruits I was thinking of using. 

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So that is what I did,  I went experimenting.

Orange juice jelly, the citrus here to intensify what's in the tarragon. The slightly tart smooth flavour of the strawberry jelly and the bite of the black pepper.  Hey, we all know strawberry and black pepper is ace! if you don't already know - you should go try it right now. 

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And the tropical essence of the coconut jelly brings the whole thing together beautifully. Why? coconut goes with strawberries, citrus and spicy flavours so it's a win win!
Trying a little of all of them together gives a crazy explosion of flavours with the tarragon being the dominate lingering flavour here.

#Tip: Now the one thing I learnt, the coconut jelly needed more gelatin than I initially used, see the picture, it didn't set all that well and was sort of curdle, but still delicious so I ate it of course. Next time I make jellies I will use agar agar I didn't have any left and use the Dr. Oetker it had a strange taste. Not horrid but I could taste it. 


So as promised, here are the simple steps to making this elegant looking dessert. If you run into any issues with the recipes let me know,  because I didn't write down and take as many photos as I was going along. 
PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON WHATEVER GELLING AGENT YOU ARE USING FOR  BEST RESULTS.

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Orange Juice Jelly

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Put orange juice, gelatin and sugar in a bowl stir till gelatin is dissolved. Heat to boiling point, add half the marshmallows and stir till melt. The marshmallows will help the jelly roll stick together keeping its shape.


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Pour out onto a lightly oiled flat plate/surface forming a flat sheet leave to cool. Once cooled cut off the edges to even up the sides for a neater finish. Line up the rest of the marshmallows along one side of the jelly sheet. Roll the jelly into a log - should be in a rectangle shape, cut in 1.5 inch rounds. 

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Coconut Milk Jelly

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Add the coconut powder, sugar, water and gelatin to a bowl and whisk till gelatin dissolve, pour mixture in heat prove container and bring to boiling point stirring continually. Once sugar has dissolved, pour the mixture in your container of choice and leave to cool


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Strawberry Jelly


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Wash and chop up the strawberries, whiz in blender and strain through a fine sieve to remove seeds and fleshy bits. Or if you have a juicer juice the strawberries. Add the gelatin to the strawberry juice string till dissolved, pour mixture into a pan with the water, few leaves of tarragon and bring to the boil stirring continually. Remove from the heat and strain again to remove any scum to achieve a liquid that is not cloudy. 


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Pour the strawberry liquid back into pan and return to the heat, add the tarragon leaves and bring to the boil stirring continually. 

Remove the tarragon leaves and pour the jelly into pre-oiled container for shape, add a few leaves of fresh tarragon arranged how you want as they will set where you put them. leave to set.


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Strawberry and Coconut Milk

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Make the milk jelly as before, arrange the strawberry slices in the bottom of a small bowl. Pour the milk jelly mixture into the bowl and leave to set.


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Once all your jellies have set, just arrange as you want and serve.

Done!


 Bon App├ętit!!


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