Honey bears

Honey bears

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Citrus
Makes
60 small or 24 large
Photographer
Mowie Kay

These are very simple to make, especially with leaf gelatine. You can also use powdered gelatine, but it takes longer to dissolve and then sets far too quickly, making it hard to get into the moulds in time. If you want to add the merest drop of food colouring, you can do so, but I prefer them without.

I add the spices here when I make these in winter, especially if the kids are full of cold.

It is very easy to find the moulds for these online, and some even come with a little pipette, which makes the whole business much, much more straightforward.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
30g leaf gelatine
60ml lemon, lime, grapefruit, sour orange or yuzu juice
50g runny honey
1/2 lemon or lime, Finely grated zest
A pinch ground ginger, (optional)
A pinch cinnamon, (optional)
A pinch turmeric, (optional)

Method

  1. Soak the leaf gelatine in plenty of cold water until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, put the citrus juice, honey, zest and spices, if using, into a saucepan and heat gently until the honey is completely liquid. Wring out the leaf gelatine and add to the pan. You will find it melts into the liquid very quickly, but stir for a few moments until you are sure no lumps remain.
  3. Decant the liquid into a fine-lipped jug and pour the mixture into the bear moulds – unless you have a pipette, in which case use this instead. Leave to set. When they are completely non-tacky, you can peel them out of their moulds and store in an airtight container. They should have a good bounce to them.

Variation

  • If you want to use sweeter juices, I find that sugar works better than honey – also the flavour needs concentrating a little. For sweet orange, mandarin or clementine bears, take 100ml juice and reduce it to 45ml. Add 15ml lemon juice and just 30g sugar. Simmer together until the sugar has melted, then proceed as above.
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