“ Brand: Greens's / Type: Yoghurts „
I purchased this two sachet pack of Greens Red Quick Gel for 69p at my local Asda, I usually have this in with a couple of sachets of orange. If we get visitors for dinner this comes into its own, if you have a large flan case in the cupboard as well. I like to serve mine on a sponge base with fresh strawberries covering the top of the flan and then the quick jel on top, I find it looks very professional and scrumptous. I have also used it with tinned fruit using pineapples, peaches and mozzerello cherries. If you have frest cream, make little swirls, whipped and distributed evenly around the rim, if not use dream topping. Its so easy to make and takes no time for the jel to set. If you use fresh fruit, you need to add 25g of sugar to your jel with 200ml of boiling water. If you use tinned fruit in natural juices, add 25g of sugar, 100ml of natural juice from can and 100ml of boiling water. If you use the tinned fruit in syrup, you dont need the sugar but use 100ml of syrup juices from can and 100ml of boiling water. Just mix water, gel and sugar up until jel dissolved and then heat in a saucepan to boiling, but keep stirring or it will go clumpy. Remove from heat then allow to cool and thicken, usually about 20 minutes, make sure you stir it occasionally to keep a nice smooth consistancy. After 20 minutes spoon the jel over your fruit flan and wait to cool, usually about 45minutes to a hour start to finish is plenty of time and you can do things inbetween, while you wail for it to cool, and again while you wait for the mixture to set. I find I use more of these in the summer because I like to use fresh fruit, I`ve also tried it with marshmallows (pink and whites) on the flan case. I had to wait for jel to cool alot before pouring it over marshmallows. I did this because the flan case was going out of date and I didnt have any fruit. It tasted ok, the children loved it infact. I also used an Asda sponge mix and made my own bases for a party and this worked quite well I thought For more information visit www.greenscakes.co.uk , where they also have recipe ideas
The sachets of Green`s quick gel often stay in my store cupboard until the summer months. There's no good reason why you shouldn't enjoy a fruit flan in Winter but I always make them as a Summer pudding. As the soft fruit season gets into full swing the strawberries, raspberries and currants are often plentiful and are priced affordably. Of course a can of fruit too makes an enjoyable fruit flan but I think given the choice I would rather use fresh fruit. The sponge flan bases are inexpensive, a Sainsbury`s Golden Bake sponge flan case is just 60p. A large flan case easily cuts into six servings. Green`s Quick Gel comes in red and yellow, the different colours compliment the different types of fruit. The whole pudding can be constructed very quickly. Remove the sponge flan case from its wrapping and place it on a large plate, preferably a plate that will leave room around the outer edge. Wash you chosen fruit, slice it neatly and arrange it inside of the flan case. If you have chosen to use fresh fruit then you need place the contents of the sachet of Quick Gel into a small saucepan with 3 1/2 fluid oz of water and 3 1/2 fluid oz of natural fruit juice. Keep the saucepan over a medium heat and bring the gel to the boil, stirring it continuously. The gel cooks and thickens very quickly, then dip the edge of a teaspoon into the gel and check that the overall flavour is sweet enough for you. Set the gel aside to cool off, but remember to stir it frequently to stop any lumps forming. The gel will take about 15 minutes to cool sufficiently to spoon on top of the fruit flan. After you have spooned the gel on top of the fruit flan and the whole thing has cooled off you might like to decorate it a little. Nothing is better than some fresh double cream whipped, put it into a piping bag and then pipe the cream around the top of the flan, it makes a very attractive dessert. Then if you want just add a few pieces of fruit to the middle of the flan to create a nice finish. Quick Gel doesnt have any particular taste, a sweet slightly citrus jelly that helps keep the fruit in its rightful place. Green`s introduced Quick Gel many years ago, it has natural colours and flavours and is Vegetarian Society Approved. One sachet contains 70g. 100g of Quick Gel contains 123 calories, 0.1 protein, 29.8 carbohydrate and 0.4 g fat. A double sachet is 43p from leading supermarkets. A useful but maybe slightly outdated store cupboard purchase. But if you tend to have friends or family call around unexpectedly then you would be able to rustle a fruit flan up easily. Fresh fruit is just my preferred method, but a large can of fruit, a sponge flan base and a sachet of quick gel is a quick and easy way of making a dessert in a hurry.
I do enjoy cooking at home, whether it be main meals for my boys or just the odd cake here and there as a bit of treat. However, now the summer is here (well, technically it is anyway) and so are the summer fruits, I've been trying to broaden my range of different cakes. I thought about making a strawberry flan, which was a favourite thing of mine that my mum made for me, so I headed off to the supermarket after getting my shopping list from my mum! The main parts of the flan were easy to get, a flan case, a packet of strawberries and some of that yummy squirty cream in a can. However, the last thing on the list was something I wasn't familiar with and hadn't used before. The product was red 'quick-jel'. I personally thought that strawberry jelly would suffice but apparently not. I had a look down the home baking aisle of my local Sainsburys, and luckily this product was just above the flan cases, so well situated in my books! Quick-Jel is made by Greens, a baking company who have been around since 1907. They make lots of different cake mixes, pie fillings and various other things to aid people with home baking. The Quick-Jel comes in 2 colours, Red and Yellow. The red has a sweeter taste and is suitable for red fruits such as raspberries and strawberries, and the Yellow is a little less sweet, better for peaches and oranges. They are sold in sets of 2, a rectangular packet with a perforation down the middle, so you can get 2 cakes out of each Quick-Jel purchase. Each sachet is 35 grams, so you get 70 grams for your money. Using the Quick-Jel is simple, all the instructions are printed on the back of the packets! Depending on what you are using it with i.e. tinned fruit or fresh fruit, the preparation method is different so make sure you check before you use it for the first time. If you use tinned fruit, you only need 100ml of water and 100ml of syrup. However, if you are using fresh fruit as I do for my flan, you need 200ml (half a pint) of cold water and 25 grams of sugar (I personally prefer caster sugar). You simply have to add the water, sugar and the pink Quick-Jel powder to a saucepan, stir until it boils and then stir until it cools and thickens. Now, don't make the mistake I did and leave it once its boiled and is cooling on the side. If you don't keep stirring until its thick enough to add to your flan, then it will start to get lumpy and horrible, in which case you won't want to use it. Once its starting to cool, just stir every now and then, and I find I have to leave it around 10 minutes before its cool enough and thick enough to pour over my flan case and strawberries, otherwise it just sinks into the sponge which isn't any good! The jel should sit on top of the sponge and the strawberries, in a lovely rich red colour. Once you've put it all over the flan and the fruit, just put it into the fridge for around an hour or so until it is nice and firm and set properly. When its set, just cover the flan with cream and its done, easy as that! The jel itself is thicker than a jelly when its set in my opinion. I have made the flan withjelly and it was awful, the colour was very weak, taste wasn't complementary to the fruit, and it was too solid. However, the quick jel is a really rich red colour, which tastes lovely and sweet, complementing the taste of the strawberries perfectly. It has a jelly like texture, but its much softer, nicely mixing with the soft sponge with cool soft jelly. Quick Jel (red) contains Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Gelling Agents: Carageenan, Calcium Acetate, Potassium Chloride, Colours: Beetroot Red, Annatto, Citric Acid, Flavouring. It is suitable for vegetarians so they can enjoy a lovely flan too! A 70 gram sachet (2 x 35g) costs only 43 pence from Sainsburys, but is also sold in other major supermarkets too. A great addition for anyone who enjoys baking that is easy to make, and tastes great! Thank you for reading.