Agar-Agar Jelly & Dessert

Honey Jelly Cubes with Longan Fruit_龙眼蜜糖燕菜糕

If you like simple recipes and desserts with less sugar, you’ll love this Honey Jelly Cubes with Longan Fruit! Although it is very easy to make, the Honey Jelly Cubes and Longan taste very delicious when eaten together.

Make this a healthier version – You can reduce the sugar amount added into the jelly cubes and also pour less longan syrup. For this recipe I did not use a lot of sugar but if you are sugar conscious, you can still reduce the sugar. Yes the taste will probably be compromised but it will still be a very refreshing dessert.

In this recipe, I used a mixture of agar-agar and konnyaku powder. Both are vegan friendly. I usually use agar-agar but in this recipe I added konnyaku powder to make the jelly more springy and chewy.

Cooking Tips:

  • Mix the agar-agar powder, sugar and water well before cooking to prevent the jelly from forming clumps while cooking.
  • While cooking, mix often so that the jelly powder does not clumping while cooking
  • The texture of this jelly is quite springy and chewy. If you prefer a softer texture, you can reduce the jelly powder.
  • In this recipe, I added konnyaku powder to make it more springy and chewy. If you don’t like this texture, you can replace with agar-agar powder. Konnyaku is derived from the Konjac plant.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Agar-agar?

Agar-agar is extracted from seaweed. It is plant based, hence, it is used by vegetarians or vegans as a substitute for gelatin. Agar-agar is widely available in Asia.

My jelly texture is too soft/firm, can I change the texture?

Yes, you can. The texture of the jelly is based on the ratio of water/liquid to agar-agar powder. So if you prefer softer texture, reduce the jelly powder or vice versa.

Why does my jelly not set?

Different brand of jelly powder have different liquid to agar-agar powder ratio. Generally the ratio is 1g powder = 100ml liquid but may differ from brand to brand.

What is the texture of agar-agar?

Agar-agar texture is more firm compared to gelatin. Hence it is not so jiggly and springy.

Why is my agar-agar watery after removing from the mold?

Agar-agar tend to release water upon removal from the mold. Recommend to remove from the mold just before serving to guest.

Troubleshooting – My jelly did not set, what can I do about it?

Step 1 – If it is your first time trying the recipe there is a test you can do. Before pouring into the mold, just scoop up a very little portion into a small saucer. Place it into the fridge to set. It should take about less than 5 minutes. Check the texture of the jelly. If you are happy with it, the proceed to pour into the mold. If it did not set, add more jelly powder (before adding the powder, dilute it in some room temperature water first) and boil the liquid again. If the texture is too stiff/hard, add more water and boil the liquid again.

Step 2 – If you have already poured into the mold and eventually find out that it did not set, you can pour the liquid into the pot again, add jelly powder, stir well and boil again. Then repeat the above step to test the jelly.

Honey Jelly Cubes with Longan Fruit 龙眼蜜糖燕菜糕

Honey Jelly Cubes with Longan Fruit 龙眼蜜糖燕菜糕

Yield: 6 bowls

Ingredients

  • 6 grams agar-agar powder 燕菜粉 6克
  • 4 grams konnyaku powder 水晶蒟蒻果冻粉 4克
  • 1100 ml water, room temperature 水,室温,1100 毫升
  • 45 grams caster sugar 细砂糖 45克
  • 2 tablespoon honey 2汤匙蜂蜜
  • 1 can longan 1罐龙眼

Instructions

  1. Add agar-agar powder, konnyaku powder and sugar into a bowl. Mix well so that the jelly powder does not clump up while cooking.
  2. In a pot, add water and the premix jelly powder and sugar. Mix well.
  3. Switch on the stove, use low heat to cook until it boils. Mix often while cooking.
  4. Off the stove, add honey. Mix well.
  5. Pour into heat resistant containers. Remove any air bubbles and let it set.
  6. While waiting for the jelly to set, open a can of longan, pour into a bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
  7. Once the jelly is set, place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.
  8. Cut into cubes, place into serving bowl. Top up with longan juice and longan flesh. Serve chilled.

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