Osmanthus is a type of edible flowers. It's usually in cream, yellow or orange color; the fragrant is long lasting with a floral sweet tone. Osmanthus is originally from Asia and available in certain part of the U.S. as well. According to the Chinese Wikipedia, Osmanthus is not only great for dessert but also has medicinal use, such as suppress coughing and phlegm, sooth dryness, and diminish toothache. Honestly, I don't really need any particular reason to enjoy desserts, these benefits are just bonuses to me.
After consuming all the heavy dishes from the Chinese New Year, I can use something light and soothing for dessert. These Osmanthus Jelly with Goji Berries (杞子桂花糕) are simply perfect for the sweet ending. I truly enjoy the floral and sweet flavors from the osmanthus. I added goji berries to these little jelly for a nice tartness to balance out the sweetness.
Here’s a closer look on the osmanthus. Aren't they gorgeous? They smell even better! The refreshing, sweet and floral aroma is simply delightful. I couldn't help it but took deep breathes and tried to inhale it all in. I wish you can smell it through the computer screen too
For this recipe, it couldn't be any easier. Simply boil the ingredients together and let the mixture chill. Of course, you can place the mixture in a container to chill and cut them into squares/cubes when they’re solidified. I can’t help it but to put them in my favorite silicone molds and turn them into bite size morsels. When they were done, I kept popping them one after another. Not only they are gorgeous and delectable, but they are also good for you.
I made some in a heart shaped mold (see picture below) as well. This dessert is not only good for CNY, but also beautiful for Valentine’s Day! If you’re interested to check out the silicone molds that I used, simply click on the links below.
Heart Shaped Silicone Mold
Rose Shaped Silicone Mold
Flower Shaped Silicone Mold
I hope you enjoy today's post and recipe. Stay tuned for more fun recipe and giveaways in the near future. 新年吃杞子桂花糕, 祝大家花開富貴!
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Osmanthus Jelly with Goji Berries (杞子桂花糕):
1 1/2 teaspoons agar agar
2 cups water
3 tablespoons raw sugar
1 tablespoon dry osmanthus
1 tablespoon goji berries
In a medium pot, add all ingredients over medium high heat. Bring liquid to a simmer and reduce to low heat. Simmer ingredients for 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Evenly divided into cups or molds.
Let Jelly cool to room temperature before placing into the fridge. Chill for at least two hours before serving. Enjoy!