Strawberry Lychee Jelly

With National Day coming up, I got inspired and came up with a few desserts that uses the colours of the Malaysian flag. 🙂 I have to admit, not every single one of them contains all the colours. But I try to incorporated at least 3 of the 4 colours.

Malaysia Flag

Beginning with this jelly. How did I first think of something like this? I was on my Instagram during the week leading up to the 4th of July. People were making all sorts of beautiful dishes and desserts in the colours of the American flag. Some were super creative. I knew I wanted to do something similar tomorrow as the 31st of August approaches. I made this particular desserts during the 4th of July week but definitely with Malaysia in mind. 🙂

It’s not often that I see fresh lychees available for sale so to put that floral sweetness to good use, I knew I wanted it to be one of the main fruit flavours in this jelly.

Fruits

I bought so many fruits…

Anyway, back to the jelly, I used a pack of Clear Jelly, Lychee, Strawberries & Blur-Pea Flowers.
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These are dried flakes of blue pea flowers that my dad gave me. His employees grow them so they’re pesticide & insecticide free. We use it here as homemade dye. More on that later!
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To prepare the fruits, I obviously need to hull them strawberries. But rather than waste a lot of strawberry by hacking the top off, it is better to do a bias cut to save more on the side.Strawberry Lychee Jelly 3

And peel them lychees.
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These are almost ready. What I did to extract the blue colouring is soak those flower flakes in warm water.
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Closer look. I am so going to be use this a lot more often. A couple more coming up on how to use this blue pea flower 😉Strawberry Lychee Jelly 6

To prepare the jelly, I used a premix pack of jelly powder. There’s already sugar mixed in so if yours is plain, just follow the package instructions.
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For layer 1, pour 1/3 of the clear jelly solution in the base of an 8×8 inch pan. Scatter in pieces of shredded lychee.
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I placed the pan into the freezer for 5 minutes to let it set. Meanwhile, separate the remaining solution into 2 bowls. Strain the blue pea flower infusion into one of that bowls. I let that boil for a moment to reduce it slightly just to make sure that jelly solution is not overly diluted.Strawberry Lychee Jelly 9

Pour the blue jelly solution onto the firmed up first layer. Drop in the chopped strawberry pieces. Leave that to firm up as well.
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Then pour in the remaining jelly solution.Strawberry Lychee Jelly 11

And once this is thoroughly chilled, remove and cut into cubes!Strawberry Lychee Jelly 12

You’d notice that my strawberry has faded a little on colour because  only remembered about this jelly, like, 2 days later. Travesty, right?!Strawberry Lychee Jelly 13

But I somehow felt it’s better because the sugar in the jelly sweetened the strawberries.Strawberry Lychee Jelly 14

It’s super refreshing and am loving the colour! White, Red, Blue.. Now, we need some yellow. haha.. Note the orange on the top right. 😛Strawberry Lychee Jelly 15

I packed them up to bring to a family dinner. All gone in seconds. I should have made a second batch.Strawberry Lychee Jelly 16

Jellies are so lovely. I can never resist it when it’s served.

What’s your favourite jelly flavour? I’m gonna make a Milo flavour next.

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Strawberry Lychee Jelly
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 package Premix Jelly Powder (I used Jele-A)
  • 7-8 Strawberries, hulled & chopped
  • 7-8 fresh Lychees, peeled, seeded & shredded
  • 1½ tbsp Blue Pea Flowers
  • 5 tbsp warm Water
Steps
  1. Steep blue pea flowers in the warm water while you prepare the jelly solution.
  2. Prepare the jelly mix following the package instructions.
  3. Separate jelly solution into 3 portions, keeping 1 portion in the pot you used to make that solution.
  4. Pour 1 portion of clear jelly into an 8x8 pan.
  5. Scatter shredded lychee pieces into the solution. Place in the freezer to set, for about 5 minutes.
  6. Strain the blue pea flower solution into the ⅓ portion in the pot. Bring it to a boil for 1 minute just to make sure the solution is not diluted by the coloured solution.
  7. Pour the blue jelly solution over the set first layer. Scatter in chopped strawberry pieces. Let that set in the freezer for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Pour over the remaining clear jelly solution.
  9. Let it all set up in the fridge. Cut into squares and serve!

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