When IMBB #19 was announced so many vegan recipes came to my mind, but I wanted to make something that I have never tried before. Something that I should experiment, and make my own. Most of what I have categorized as vegetarian in this blog is vegan, but I have never thought about being a vegan.
Recently I have discovered agar agar; the vegetarian jelly made out of seaweeds. I wish I have known this years ago! So many mouth watering recipes have been eliminated over the years just because they contain gelatin. Nevertheless I still used jello in various occasions, limiting it to the minimum. Now I am back to experimenting desserts that can be fun!
Idea of filling in the oranges should not be new to you. Recently I have seen them filled with orange sorbet and served chilled. Didn’t have a chance to taste it though..
For this post, I used the following:
- 3 oranges
- 5 tablespoons of agar agar
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- a hand chopper/blender
- mint leaves (optional)
How I made it:
- First I put 5 tablespoons of agar agar flakes into 1 cup of water, and let it sit while I got the oranges ready
- I cut the oranges in half, or 3/4 from the bottom. Later I ran a parer knife through edges to make it easy for me to take out innards of the orange, and I found myself using a dessert spoon to scoop out the orange bits. When all were clean, I washed them up and turned them upside down to dry a bit
- I didn’t want to just put chunks of oranges back into the skins. Reached over for my hand chopper and ran it through them on and off. When I strained them I only ended up having about a cup of orange juice; the rest was pulp. Pulp is saved to be eaten independently
- Started heating up the agar agar and let it dissolve into that one cup of water only. After boiling it took another 5 mins or so to make sure it all dissolved. Then I added 1/4 cup of sugar and a cup of strained orange juice, and mix all together well
- To make sure my orange halves sit still I put them muffin tins, and just filled them up. Just as I was about to finish filling them up I 6 - 7 mint leaves into the orange + agar agar mix and ran through the chopper again. And that mix went into rest of the orange cups
- And I had to wait for them to set. Agar agar does not take too much time to set, so in about 2 hours I was about to turn them over and nothing seemed to be moving ;)
Now time to enjoy them! Want to have the whole half or slice by slice?
Result: the minty ones are definitely better. I simply like the mint contrasting with orange. But the pure orange one looks way better! I guess one can chop the mint by hand to avoid the dark colored mix.