Saturday, March 3, 2012

Corn Jelly – A Nutritious Dessert

Hi readers!

What do you usually have after meal? There are many choices of desserts eaten today, such as fruit, ice-cream, pudding, etc. and indeed they are popular.

Talking about that, I ever made jelly for dessert. It was a little different from common jelly sold in supermarket, like strawberry, chocolate, or plain jelly. I added an ingredient which helped enhance not only the whole taste of the jelly but it also added extra nutrition to the dessert. As we know, jelly powder is made of seaweed and it is rich in fiber and minerals. Most instant jelly products state that they have been fortified with vitamins; however, it is not enough to fulfill your need of nutrients. The best way to increase the level of nutrients is by adding natural ingredient. This is what I have mentioned above as something different in my jelly. The natural ingredient that I added was corn essence.

Corn (Zea mays) is an amazing plant that contains antioxidant, like beta-carotene, which is good for health. The antioxidant in corn is effective to slow ageing process, help digestion, prevent memory loss, and maintain good vision. According to WHFoods, a cup of corn (149 grams) contains 13.6% vitamin C, 12.5% vitamin B3, and 11.8% vitamin B5. A corn is also rich in Vitamin A and E. Having abundant nutrients and natural sweetness, corn essence is a suitable flavor and nutrient enhancer for any desserts. 

The corn jelly that I made was indeed a healthy food for all ages! Hahaha…this is the photo of my home-made corn jelly!

In making corn jelly, there is a way to produce a fine result. A smooth texture of the jelly can be achieved by separating the corn liquid from the hulls. How to do that?

First, remove corn kernels from the cob.
Second, pour the corn kernels into food processor, crush them until soft and the liquid comes out.
Third, strain/filter the liquid to separate the hulls of corn from the corn essence. What you need is only corn essence liquid.
Fourth, boil some water. Pour in jelly powder and some sugar (as desired).
Fifth, add corn essence to the jelly mixture, stir well until sugar dissolved.
Sixth, pour the jelly mixture into mold and let it cool.
Seventh, serve the jelly with cream or chocolate for a richer taste.

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