Cara cara oranges: so nice you’ll want to say it twice! In this recipe we’ll pair cara caras with another ingredient that loves twinning, agar agar, to celebrate this rare orange’s exquisite flavor. Our cara cara jelly dessert is made with simple ingredients and contains no gelatin. Using the zest and juice of these pink fleshed beauties, you’ll create a bright and wiggly treat that sets much faster than gelatin desserts.
Sugar gets an overnight spa treatment in the fridge by tossing in curls of cara cara orange zest to impart zesty citrus oil into every granule. Then fresh squeezed and strained cara cara orange juice will solidify into a glittering gem of fruity goodness using agar agar.
Agar agar is a red algae extract with thickening superpowers. It’s also known as a vegan substitute for gelatin, making it a wonderful ingredient for jiggly dessert lovers who have plant-based diets. The agar agar powder imparts zero additional flavor, and has a clearer texture than gelatin when set. There is a lot of conflicting information about how much agar agar powder to use in recipes to solidify liquids, so it’s important to follow the recipe if you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient. Quickly you’ll learn how much agar agar to use to get the consistency you like best. Here, we’re using about one teaspoon of agar agar per cup of liquid, which will result in a classic, firm molded jelly dessert.
We like using square silicone ice cube trays for glittering blocks of cara cara jellies, but you can use any mold you like. This recipe makes just over two cups of liquid, which you can pour into the orange peels as fun compostable cups, a shapely jelly mold, or a small, flat tray for hand-sliced jellies using cookie cutters.
These fresh, juicy jellies are great for kids, adults, parties, desserts and snacks. Eat them alone or pop into a parfait of jelly cubes and fresh cream. If you want to make these into a screwdriver-inspired jelly cocktail, cook in 1 extra teaspoon of agar and add an additional cup of vodka as the last step before pouring into a mould.
CARA CARA ORANGE JELLY DESSERT RECIPE
This jelly celebrates the color, flavor and versatility of the cara cara orange by using it two ways in one sun-shiney dessert. You’ll begin by infusing granulated sugar overnight with fragrant cara cara orange zest. Then, using the power of agar agar, fresh squeezed cara cara orange juice will set into a bright and bouncy citrus dessert everyone will adore.
Prepare the cara cara orange sugar:
Prepare the cara cara orange jelly:
Cara cara jellies can be served on their own or with a fluffy scoop of fresh whipped cream for a twist on the creamsicle! Serve in a glass bowl or dessert dish for an impressive presentation.
Refrigerate leftover cara cara jelly dessert in a sealed container for up to three days.
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