Quince, clem entine and rose petal jelly

Quince, clem entine and rose petal jelly

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Citrus
Makes
4 x 225g jars
Photographer
Mowie Kay

This recipe came about one Christmas. Every year I get a box of goodies from my parents in Greece that is always exciting to open – I get a thrill reminiscent of the scene in What Katy Did At School when they receive their Christmas boxes. The box from Greece will include quinces, clementines, pomegranates and lemons from my parents’ trees, locally cured olives, olive oil, dried oregano, sage and fennel seed. On this particular year the box was delayed and some of the fruit needed using up fast – this was just one of the uses I put it to.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 clementines, (left whole)
1 large quince, roughly chopped, (unpeeled and with seeds)
1 small bramley apple
2 tablespoons dried rose petals
1/2 cinnamon stick
sugar, (see method)

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients except the sugar into a saucepan and just cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the fruits are very soft – when you can push a wooden spoon handle through the clementines without resistance it will be done, probably around an hour (alternatively, pressure cook for 10 minutes). Mash everything up a little to break up the clementines, then put into a jelly bag and strain until the pulp is quite dry – you will probably need to do this overnight.
  2. Weigh the liquid. Put this in a preserving pan or large saucepan and add the same weight of sugar. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and keep boiling until setting point is reached – use the wrinkle test or make sure the jelly has reached 105°C. Allow the bubbles to subside. Stir to disperse any foam – if it is proving resistant, spoon it off instead. Decant into sterilised jars, cool then seal.
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