Monday, 24 June 2013

Pimm's blackberry and elderflower Queen's Head jelly



... as many of you will have seen by my recent facebook and twitter feeds The Persuaders has been doing some amazing work with Pimm's... this summer we've created the Pimm's Indoor Summer Garden.  It's a 'pop-up' bar in the heart of London, celebrating all that's wonderful about the great british summer, including the dreary and wet weather... our bucolic garden offers an oasis out of the rain where you can book a pic-nic blanket complete with hamper full of tradition british grub.  We even built a very cute potting-shed which doubles as a bar and retail space where you can purchase not only jugs of the lovely Pimm's but all kinds goodies such as garden games, hand-crafted pic-nic blankets and these really rather fun HRH queen's head jelly moulds...


... Pimm's also has a new flavour exclusively launched for this summer, Blackberry and Elderflower... it's very british in its hedgerow inspiration and it's very sweet and delicious... so much so that I think it makes a rather wonderful ingredient for this naughty and very adult jelly...

... the Pimm's Summer Garden is in 5 Great Newport Street in London and open till this Saturday evening... to book a blanket you can call 07466 827923... the Queens Head jelly Mould is available at the pop-up garden or on-line here.


Pimm's blackberry and elderflower jelly
the queens head mould is quite large... it takes two litres of liquid, the more the merrier if you ask me... and the trick as always with these kind of things is the liberal use of sunflower oil wiped on the inside of the mould before filling which should guarantee an easy and successful turn-out.  I also used 4 packets of gelatine powder as the alcohol never truly sets so you do need to help it on it's way... the addition of the mint leaves, a traditional ingredient for a Pimm's really adds something special to the flavour, plus those blackberries were a bonus find in the supermarket... i was too lazy to do a double-set of my jelly which would have meant I could have had the fruit in the middle of but I still love them in here...

1 3/4 litres lemonade
1/4 litre Pimm's
3 sachet's of gelatine powder
mint leaves
blackberries
sunflower oil
a little white chocolate

run a little sunflower oil on the inside of the jelly mould

in a large pan, heat the lemonade and pimm's with the mint leaves until nearly boiling, then take it off the heat and add the gelatine powder and stir well

pour into the mould and pop in the fridge for 24 hours until completely set

serve with a few drops of melted white chocolate

with the mint and the little drops of white chocolate high-lighting the queens jewellery this dish also qualifies me for this months we should cocoa, the theme of which is of course mint... we should cocoa is the brain child of choclette from the chocolate log blog and is hosted this month by from Victoria at a kick at the pantry door...


eat and of course, enjoy!

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