Saturday, 27 April 2013

pomegranate jelly with orange custard

when i moved into my previous house i had visions of burgeoning fruit trees growing in our new and enormous garden so i went about planting a variety of fruit trees that i imagined the children picking fruit from as they played outside and i also envisaged myself bottling the fruit for my family to eat in the winter didn't happen though..i struggled with the huge but beautiful ornamental trees in the garden robbing moisture and goodness from the soil, a possum plague, various diseases and beasties attacking the foliage and time constraints..

so, when i was researching fruit trees for my current garden, i opted for the hardier stuff and the more unusual such as feijoa, cumquat, elderberry and pomegranate trees..they're all doing really well and they require minimal work..i picked my first feijoa yesterday, the cumquat is massed with fruit, the elderberry produced eight umbels this year and the pomegranate has produced about 30 beautiful large  fruit..the pomegranate produced a smaller crop last year but the fruit wasn't as flavoursome and juicy as it is this year..

i made a pomegranate jelly with vanilla custard last week but i wasn't happy with the flavours because there wasn't enough complementarity between the two elements..this time i added some orange juice to the jelly and a subtle orange flavour to the custard with the use of orange zest and the finer crushed biscuit is much nicer this time too rather than the chunks i added last time.. 

pomegranate jelly and orange custard
tea with hazel
serves 3-4


pomegranate jelly

2 large organic pomeganates
juice of 1 organic orange* (retain the orange skin for the candied orange peel recipe below)
25 gms sugar
40 mls water
2 gold strength gelatin leaves
extra castor sugar (if needed)

orange custard

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon (tbs) sugar (or more or less as desired)
1 egg yolk
finely grated rind of 1 organic orange*
1 tbs corn flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tbs extra milk

candied orange peel

skin of 1 juiced orange (see pomegranate jelly ingredient list above)
40 gms sugar
60 mls water
extra water


2 savoiardi biscuits crushed into irregular sized pieces the largest being about almond sized


pomegranate jelly

~ remove the arils from the pomegranates
~ put the arils in a colander sitting over a bowl and press the arils with a metal spoon extracting as much pomegranate juice as possible
~ pour the orange juice through a muslin lined sieve into a measuring jug adding enough pomegranate juice to make up 200 mls of juice in total
~ put the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved
~ once dissolved increase heat, bring to the boil, then remove from heat
~ cut the gelatine in quarters, cover with water to soften, squeeze out water and add to the hot syrup stirring to combine
~ add the gelatine/sugar syrup to the juice and stir
~ test for sweetness and add extra castor sugar as required stirring well to dissolve
~ divide between 3-4 glasses, cover with foil, and refrigerate until set

orange custard

~ bring the milk, sugar and orange zest to boiling point then remove from heat
~ mix the corn flour with enough extra milk to form a paste then add egg yolk and mix well
~ while mixing slowly add a few tablespoons of the hot milk to the cornflour/egg
~ strain the cornflour/egg into the hot milk stirring well to prevent curdling
~ return to a moderate heat and cook until the custard just comes to the boil and then remove from the heat
~ add vanilla, cover the surface with cling film to prevent a skin forming, and set aside to cool

candied orange peel

~ place orange skins in a saucepan, just cover with water, boil for 10 to 15 minutes then drain
~ make a syrup with the sugar and water, add orange skins, and boil for 30 minutes occasionally adding more water if the syrup becomes too thick
~ once cool cut the white pith from orange peel and cut the peel into fine batons 

assembly and serving

~ sprinkle the crushed biscuits evenly over the set jelly, dollop on custard dividing it evenly between the glasses and then top with a few pieces of candied peel
~ cover again with foil and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving

notes: * i used small homegrown sour oranges..if using sweeter and/or larger oranges adjust the amount of sugar, juice and zest accordingly


  1. You had me at pomegranate! Thanks for the recipe x

  2. Could you fit a persimmon tree in? The possums are the bane of our horticultural lives here on Serendipity Farm. They will leave something alone for years and suddenly, on a whim, after you have long considered it "safe" they will strip every last leaf from it :(. Our pear trees always lose their leaves much sooner than they should as after the pear and cherry slug have left them looking like doilies the possums eat every last leaf. I am constantly surprised that the trees survive. Love the recipe share :)

    1. i got all excited about persimmons when i first came across them while living in the north of greece..after weeks of anticipation while we waited for them to soften, as instructed by our landlady, i tasted one and really didn't like the texture or flavour at possums here..just feral cats in my new area..they create havoc in my garden by digging up even well established plants and doing their business everywhere..i had to pull out some still productive beans yesterday because a male had urinated on them..

  3. How did I miss this one? Pinned to my pommy board. I love spraying my kitchen and myself with sticky blood juice :-)

  4. hi wcd..juicing pomegranates certainly makes a mess but it's worth it..x