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Lemon Jelly. Gail Hamilton. Recipe

Recipe for Lemon Jelly

History and Fun Facts:
Lemon jelly is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed for generations. Its origin can be traced back to Britain in the 18th century when gelatin desserts became popular. Gelatin itself has a long history, with its usage dating back to ancient times when it was derived from the bones and hooves of animals. In the 1840s, powdered gelatin was introduced, making it easier to prepare jelly dishes.

Lemon jelly is a light and refreshing dessert that is perfect for summertime or any occasion. It is made by combining gelatin, water, sugar, and lemon juice to create a smooth and tangy jelly that is bursting with citrus flavor. The combination of sweet and sour makes lemon jelly a delightful treat for both children and adults.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Lemon Jelly!

Ingredients:
- 1/2 box of gelatin
- 1/2 pint of cold water
- 1/2 pint of boiling water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- Juice of two lemons

Instructions:
1. In a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.

2. Meanwhile, in a jug or saucepan, bring the half pint of water to a boil.

3. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the softened gelatin and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.

4. Add the sugar to the gelatin mixture and stir until it is fully dissolved.

5. Squeeze the juice of two lemons and strain it to remove any seeds or pulp. Pour the fresh lemon juice into the gelatin mixture and stir well to combine.

6. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

7. Pour the cooled mixture into a mold or individual jelly cups.

8. Place the mold or cups in the refrigerator and let the jelly set for at least 4 hours or until firm.

9. Once the jelly has set, remove it from the refrigerator and gently loosen the edges with a knife.

10. Place a plate over the mold or cups and carefully invert it to release the jelly.

11. Serve the lemon jelly chilled and garnish with fresh lemon slices or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Similar Recipes:
If you enjoyed making and eating lemon jelly, there are a few similar recipes you might want to try:

1. Orange Jelly: Substitute the lemon juice with freshly squeezed orange juice for a burst of citrusy goodness.

2. Raspberry Jelly: Replace the lemon juice with raspberry juice or puree to create a vibrant and fruity jelly.

3. Lime Jelly: Swap the lemon juice for lime juice to create a zesty and refreshing jelly with a tangy twist.

These variations offer a delightful range of flavors to experiment with, all while maintaining the light and refreshing nature of a gelatin-based dessert.

Enjoy your homemade lemon jelly and have fun exploring the world of gelatin desserts!

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