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Sweet Almond Jelly

What’s the loveliest thing to eat when it’s hot, steamy and humid outside? Summer is having a final gasp here, even though at times I think I can smell the first breaths of autumn on the early evening breeze.
When the weather’s close and humid like this I love to eat jelly, soft, slippery, cold and sweet. This recipe for Chinese almond jelly, flavoured with sweetened condensed milk, has a fresh and delicate flavour and takes all of five minutes to make. It calls for agar-agar, which you can find easily in Chinese food stores, and almond powder – more difficult to track down but almond essence can be substituted instead.  Once cold cut the jelly into little diamonds, pour over some coconut milk and eat it with fresh fruit and a dainty spoon. 
Sweet Almond Jelly  
Serves 6-8
  • 5g agar-agar strands
  • 500ml water
  • 100g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond powder (substitute 1 tsp almond essence)
  • 4 desertspoons condensed milk
  • sliced fresh fruit and coconut milk to serve

  • heat water and add agar-agar strands, stir until dissolved
  • Add sugar, stir until dissolved
  • Add almond powder and condensed milk, stir to combine
  • Pour into a flat baking tray and refrigerate until firm
  • Slice diagonally into small diamond shapes and gently spoon out into a bowl
  • Serve with coconut cream or water and sliced fruit
  • Anonymous

    I have to say I had a hard time finding agar agar – all this chinese packaging is driving me crazy, you never know what you're gonna get! Anyway, the almond powder is availible at the ci ty sho p. I' ll make the jelly tomorrow as it will be hot again, cheers, Michaela PS now following your blog is even more exciting as I can actually go see some of the things you write about (like the kitchen market in the last post – I was in desperate need of this info – so great!)

  • Fiona

    It's a pretty constant struggle to translate all that pesky Chinese writing (one more reason I need to study hard, now I've taken the plunge to study Chinese full-time) The agar-agar can be found at the drygoods stand at the wet market, it looks like dried glass noodles (I wish I'd taken a picture – sorry!) PInyin is shíhuājiāo. Best of luck!

  • Sam

    This is great! I've been looking for a recipe that uses almond powder and this fits the bill perfectly! It even uses agar – the other recipes I've found all uses gelatine and I find that it has too strong a smell when I use it. My mum will love this! Thanks!

  • Fiona

    Hope she enjoys it Sam, it's super easy to make once you have the agar-agar.