Party dishes (ii)

A few days ago I commented n how much I liked the peep into the past afforded by old cookery books. I was looking at a chapter in an old book I have with recipes probably written a hundred years ago and i was looking at the sort of food suggested for a party. Jelly was very popular and I was intrigued by an almond jelly which I have never seen these days. It’s made with vanilla jelly… well, I’ve not seen vanilla jelly either. It is served in small custard glasses, another thing I am without… but just in case I ever do find vanilla jelly and custard glasses, here’s the recipe:

Almond jelly

  • 1 pint packet vanilla jelly
  • 2½ fl oz marsala
  • 17½ fl oz hot water
  • 1 oz blanched almonds, chopped small
  1. dissolve the jelly in the water
  2. when it is cool but before it is set, add the masala
  3. pour into custard glasses and when set decorate with chopped almonds

Here is another jelly for your retro-retro party

Kinfauns delight

  • 1 pint packet of cherry jelly
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ pint milk
  • vanilla essence
  • 2 oz green grapes, peeled
  • 1 oz chopped almonds ( I would refer toasted flaked almonds)
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1 oz sugar
  1. dissolve the jelly in 1 pint hot water
  2. when the jelly is cool add the fruit then leave to set
  3. beat the yolks into the milk, stand over a bain marie and continue beating until the sauce has thickened
  4. add the sugar and vanilla essence to the sauce and leave to cool (place clingfilm or grease-proof paper across the top to stop a skin forming)
  5. gently break up the set jelly with a fork and pile into serving dishes
  6. sprinkle almonds over the top of the jelly
  7. carefully pour the sauce round the jelly but not too much, serving the left-over in a small jug

Kinfauns, by the way is in Perthshire, Scotland.

My featured image is what I served at my daughter’s party when she was small – she loved and still loves jelly. This was a beach party in the back garden, so the blue jelly represents the sea, the crushed biscuits the sand, and the jelly baby is sunbathing under the beach umbrella with its jelly ring ready and near to hand!

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