Grapefruit and Mandarin Oranges in Chamomile Jelly

I saw the inspiration for this post on Foodgawker a while back and the idea has since stuck in my head.  I wanted to make the dish with my own twist so I chose chamomile tea instead of white, agar agar as a vegan alternative to gelatin, and a mix of seedless Mandarin oranges with sweet oroblanco grapefruits, which are hardly tart at all.

If you struggle as I do with sweet cravings, this is a lovely little snack that helps satisfy.  The flavors of the jelly are so subtle, but they hold together piles of sweet citrus that pop in your mouth.

Grapefruit and Mandarin Oranges in Chamomile Jelly
1 tsp agar agar powder
2 and 1/2 tbsp water
7-9 small seedless mandarin oranges
2 large oroblanco grapefruits
1 chamomile tea bag
1 c boiling water
2 tbsp sugar

Take your agar agar and mix with the 2 and 1/2 tablespoons water and set aside.

Divide the grapefruit and oranges into wedges.  For the grapefruit I cut off the tops and bottoms to expose a little bit of the flesh, then peel it open, individually popping each wedge out of its skin so only the juiciest part was left.  This also gave me an opportunity to pick out all of the seeds.  Since I used seedless Mandarin oranges I just peeled them and divided up the wedges, removing any stringy pieces.

You could use all sorts of citrus for this recipe, like blood oranges, kumquats, tangerines, or ruby red grapefruit.  It would also be great with other fruits in the mix like berries or pomegranate seeds.

Arrange the pieces of grapefruit and orange in small bowls or cups.

Boil 1 cup of water and steep the tea bag for at least 3 minutes.  When you remove the bag, mix in the agar mixture and sugar.

Put the mixture in a small sauce pan on the stove over high heat just until it bubbles, then cut the heat.  Stir and immediately pour over the bowls with the fruit in them.  Stick the bowls in the fridge for at least and hour before serving.

Yields 5-6 servings


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6 Responses to “Grapefruit and Mandarin Oranges in Chamomile Jelly”
  1. DJ Karma says:

    Looks refreshing! I like the twist with the tea.

  2. arugulove says:

    This looks so good. Chamomile is one of my favorite flavors, so I would really like to try this out.

  3. Simone says:

    How beautiful that looks! You got your inspiration from foodgawker and then i saw your photo on foodgawker and just had to pop in and have a look. I love this little treat!

  4. Julie says:

    Great recipe!! specially if you want to stay away from regular jelly 🙂

  5. This looks like such a bright and lovely dish and the perfect way to end a meal. So light and beautiful, what a great idea.

  6. I love chamomile mandarin tea. This sounds very good (sans the grapefruit, it’s something I just don’t like at all, even though my boyfriend loves it).

    P.S. Isn’t it shocking how many people make citrus fruit desserts using canned fruit? I’ve never understood why anyone would buy canned mandarins (or grapefruit).

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