This rose jelly is made with fresh rose petals. It’s a stunning dessert, delicious and easy to make. Isn’t the color amazing? The rose jelly is made without artificial food coloring – it’s naturally colored with pink rose petals!
This recipe for rose jelly is actually a Victorian recipe but I modified the recipe slightly. Below you’ll find the original Victorian rose jelly recipe and my modified version.
VICTORIAN ROSE JELLY
- 1 pint syrup
- 2 handful fresh rose petals
- 2 gills orange or lemon juice
- 4 – 5 spoonfuls brandy
‘Place a pan on the fire containing one pint of clear syrup at twenty-eight degrees; at the first boil mix in with it two handfuls of fresh, highly perfumed rose leaves, and remove from the fire to let infuse a quarter of an hour while covered. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and mix in with it a sufficient quantity of gelatine or clarified isinglass, adding also two gills of filtered orange and lemon juice, and four or five spoonfuls of good brandy. Taste the jelly, test its consistency on ice, in a small mold, and when perfect pour it into a jelly mold and let harden for one hour on ice, then unmold on a cold dish.’ (The Epicurean, 1893)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh rose petals
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 – 5 gelatin sheets
- optional: 2 – 4 tbsp brandy or homemade rose extract
Bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat as soon as the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the rose petals. Let it infuse for 2 – 7 days. Strain the rose syrup through a fine mesh sieve.
Then stir in the fresh lemon juice.
The rose syrup is almost clear with just a hint of pink. But when you stir in the lemon juice it turns bright red! Isn’t the color change amazing?
Soak the gelatin sheets for 5 minutes in cold water. Dissolve the gelatin sheets in some hot water. Then stir the rose syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Pour the rose jelly into molds and and put it in the fridge for some hours or overnight.
To unmold, run hot water around the outside of the molds for a brief time.
Victorian rose jelly is so delicious: sweet and sour, and it really tastes like roses smell. While fresh rose petals are bitter, rose jelly isn’t at all bitter!