Aspic is a savory dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé. When used in non-savory dishes it's called gelatin salad. I like to take ordinary ingredients and use them in unexpected ways. Here I take the gelatin and mix it with spices then add fruit and crushed cookies for a surprising take on a fruit salad mold. Cutting it into interesting shapes makes for an appealing presentation. Proving once again - healthy eating is fun and tasty! Enjoy!
2 envelopes plain gelatin
1 inch ginger
1 cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 cups water, separated
1 pear, peeled and cube ½ inch.
1 orange, sections only cut out
1 banana, small, sliced
¾ cup raspberries
4 Italian amaretti cookies
In a small bowl, soften gelatin in 1 cup of water.
In a small sauce-pan combine 1 cup of water, pear, cinnamon stick, ginger and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for five minutes. Drain the spiced liquid and add to gelatin bowl to help dissolve gelatin.
Place pear cubes in a bowl of desired shape and add orange sections, banana and raspberries. Pour dissolved gelatin in bowl and sprinkle with crushed amaretti cookies.
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April 25, 2018 for a Delicious Simplicity Cooking Class: Food and More
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