Irish Moss Fruit Gel Dessert
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Servings
8
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 4-8hours chill time
Servings
8
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 4-8hours chill time
Ingredients
  • 1handful Irish moss
  • 1sprig mintor mint tea bag
  • 1/2cup apple juice
  • 1 lemonjuiced
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1cup mixed berries
  • Maple syrup or honeyto taste
Instructions
  1. Take a handful of the moss and soak it in cold water in a large pot. After a few minutes begin to rub the moss with your fingers to remove any snails (the size of sand grains) and tiny “shrimp” that float to the surface. Rinse several times in a strainer and soak again in new water just to cover the moss for half an hour.
  2. Add a sprig of mint or a mint teabag and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and cook for half an hour, stirring occasionally. It will foam up a lot, so use a DEEP pot! Allow to cool slightly and pour into a strainer over a large bowl. Let drain and scrape the thick sauce off the bottom of the strainer with a rubber spatula. Discard the remaining moss. (I use this juice as a lovely facial skin softener too. Added benefit is that it will relieve the itching of eczema.)
  3. To this juice add 1⁄2 cup apple juice and some maple syrup or honey to taste. Pour into a smaller bowl and add cut up fruit: apple, pear, blueberries and raspberries. Cover and chill overnight or until set. This makes a wonderful vegan “jello”.
  4. You can also make a dessert gel with cooked fruit. While you make the gel, stew fruit together in a separate sauce pan (apples are always a good choice), and add cinnamon, vanilla, chopped nuts, and sweetener to taste. Brighten it with lemon zest or orange zest or lemon juice if you like. Combine with the gel, and let it all cool. Chill overnight, or until set. Serve with whipped cream.