During the holidays, cooking and baking with the fresh and festive fruits and vegetables of the season is one of the best ways to celebrate. From bitter vegetables and dried fruits to zesty citric fruits including lemons, grapefruits, oranges, limes and kumquat, the options are endless. One of the most iconic fruits of the season however is the clementine.
A Christmas Tradition
Though the tradition may now be outdated, stories of young children finding a clementine in their stocking on Christmas morning are often passed down from grandparents and great aunts and uncles. Decades ago, these tart and tiny fruits were considered a special treat, especially in the middle of winter. According to The Kitchn, it became a popular stocking stuffer during the Great Depression along with walnuts, both of which were at that time considered a delicacy.
Even if you don't plan on gifting this little bright orange fruit this year, give this seasonal clementine jelly recipe a try. Though they are not as acidic as oranges, clementines can sometimes still have a sharp tart or slightly sour taste. But rather than adding sugar to make this recipe sweet, you can simply take a MiraBurst™ miracle fruit tablet before take your first bite. As the Miraculin of the miracle berry binds to the taste receptors on your tongue, the result is a "supercharged" effect when it tastes acidic or sour foods. This temporarily masks the sharp flavors and allows you to perceive the food as sweet and fruity.
With its unique flavor and festive flare, this clementine jelly recipe is the perfect dessert for serving after a big holiday dinner with family and friends. Topped with a dollop of sugar-free plain yogurt, it makes for a guilt-free and tasty treat.
- 3 1/4 cups clementine juice
- Small piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 gelatin packets
- 2 fresh clementines, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
- 1 to 3 drops of vanilla extract
- 3/4 cups plain yogurt
- Warm clementine juice in saucepan on high heat, without letting it boil.
- Grate in a little bit of ginger.
- Grate more onto a chopping board and squeeze over the mixture to get a few drips of ginger juice into the clementine juice.
- Remove from heat.
- Sprinkle gelatin over juice and quickly whisk.
- Arrange six serving glasses with two clementine rounds in each.
- Sieve juice mix into each glass and allow to cool.
- Refrigerate for about 3 hours, until set.
- Mix vanilla extract into yogurt and drop a dollop on top of each glass of jelly.
When you take a miracle berry fruit tablet before diving into these zingy dessert, you'll enjoy the sweetest flavors!