A fun addition to any kids’ party table, these jelly boats are sure to please!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Package/s of Jelly, any flavour (And that’s ‘jelly’ as in the British use of the word jelly. So Jell-o gelatin or Jello, or whatever you might call it where you are).
NOTE. Depending on the size of the oranges, the approximate ratio is 4 oranges to 1 pint (570ml) liquid jelly/jello.
Cocktail sticks and paper to make sails.
WHAT YOU DO:
1) Slice oranges in half and remove the flesh. Take care not to damage the orange peel casings. I used a paring knife to cut around the edge against the peel, and then a spoon to remove the orange segments. You only need the peel for this recipe, so you’ll need to think of something else to use the orange flesh itself for.
2) Mix up jelly/jello according to pack instructions and pour into the orange peel halves. You may need to stand the halves on top of egg cups or glasses if they are tilting so that you can fill them evenly to the top. Refrigerate until set.
3) Cut triangles out of paper and thread cocktail sticks through to make the sails. I’ve just used white paper, but you could decorate the sails to coordinate them with your party theme.
4) Once jelly/jello is set, cut each half in half again. I find a good finely serrated knife is best to saw through the peel.
5) Insert the cocktail stick sails into the boats. As long as your oranges aren’t too large, the tip of the cocktail stick should just be able to penetrate the peel under the jelly which will help to keep the sail steady.
6) Present them on a sea of fruit.
I’m probably stating the obvious here, but just in case…if you’re serving these to young children, it’s probably a good idea to take the cocktail stick sails away at the moment they start taking the boats onto their plates.