Teruo Miyazawa reports: Can you believe it’s really food? You may think they’re elaborate ornaments with vividly colored flowers inside a transparent piece of glass or plastic. But both the flowers and the “containers” are actually jelly — a new type of dessert dubbed a “flower jelly” in Japan.
Jelly cakes with flowers can be a delightful addition to meals, particularly in summer thanks to their cool appearance.
Flower jelly appears to require skilled pastry techniques, but it’s not difficult to make this artistic dessert, and even complete beginners can make a simple one in only 10 minutes, according to Misaki Tanabe, a cake designer who promotes flower jelly through workshops for novices.
“Making flower jelly [also] requires fewer ingredients and tools compared to baking regular cakes,” she said.
To make this dessert, you should prepare two types of jelly: a base jelly, or the equivalent to a sponge cake base, and colored jelly to make flower petals and leaves.
The base jelly is two to three centimeters thick and made of vegetable jelly mix, labeled “agar” in Japan, that is mainly made from edible seaweed and can become solid at ambient temperature. To make the base jelly, mix the jelly mix with water and heat until the mix dissolves. Add sugar or something similar to give it flavor. Pour the mixture into a mold and let it set.
Colored jelly can be made by dissolving the mix and gelatin in milk before coloring it with food dye to make your favorite flowers.
A basic procedure for making flowers is to make slits inside the jelly base with a special spoon and inject colored jelly using a pipette into each of the slits.
There are various special spoons with different shaped tips to make the flower petals of your choice, such as those for cherry blossoms, roses, cosmos, carnations and more. They can be found at stores that sell confectionery tools or purchased online. For pipettes, syringes with a needle for refilling cosmetics — which can also be found at stores — are easy to use, Tanabe said … (read more)
via The Japan News