I really love the cherry blossoms in Japan at this time of the year, pity I can’t be there now. It should be almost full bloom in Tokyo by now. This year, I managed to order some pickled sakura blossoms and made some sakura jelly. I actually made two types of sakura jelly – one set of clear ones, and one set of clear ones set atop a milk based jelly. Both sets have sakura flowers set in the jelly. I served this refreshing dessert with sakura tea.
Here is a closer look at the clear set of sakura jelly:
And here is a closer look at the clear sakura jelly set atop a milk based jelly:
You could use either kanten or konnyaku jelly to make these, however I know my kids prefer konnyaku jelly so I used that instead. Below recipe was adapted from Bento Monsters.
Ingredients for sakura jelly:
- Konnyaku jelly
- pickled sakura flowers
- sakura honey syrup (optional)
- pink gel colouring (optional)
1. Rinse the salt off the pickled sakura flowers, and leave them to soak in a bowl of water for 3 hours before use. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the water used for soaking.
2. Make konnyaku jelly according to package directions, using the water reserved from soaking the sakura blossoms and using plain water for the rest. Add a tiny drop of pink gel colour if you wish, to get the pale pink colour for the jelly. Add a splash of sakura honey syrup to further enhance the fragrance from the sakura blossoms.
3. Pour the jelly in to the molds, and place a sakura blossom in each mold. Use a toothpick to adjust the placement of the blossoms. Let it set for 2 hours in the fridge before serving.
For the milk based jelly, I used milk instead of water when preparing the konnyaku jelly. Wait til the clear jelly has set before pouring the milk based jelly on top. Let it set for 2 hours in the fridge before serving.
Here are some of the ingredients used: pickled sakura blossoms, sakura honey syrup and konnyaku jelly powder. I ordered the pickled sakura blossoms and sakura honey syrup online, and the konnyaku powder is readily available in the local supermarkets here.