Now that my daughter is 2.5 we’ve been having such fun with holidays. She has a much greater understanding of the activities and rituals behind holidays and looks forward to them with anticipation. From her books and talks with her friends, she now understands Valentine’s is about cards, candy, hearts and “I love you’s”. Since this is her first year of really experiencing these holidays, I’m feeling compelled to really make the most of it and help make her first introduction to them really special.
After watching the Tedx Manhattan video about the effects of eating processed, food colour rich foods, I’m hesitant to let my daughter enjoy much of the candies that may come her way and so this treat was my attempt at using natural ingredients to create something nutritious and fun. Debating between rhubarb and elderberry syrup as a base, I opted for the antioxidant rich elderberry syrup, mostly for its dramatic colour. When I canned this syrup, I intended to pour it over pancakes or add it to club soda, but I’ve done neither and my syrup is wasting away in the pantry. I like recipes that give preserves a new life!
Elderberry Cream Hearts
2 cups elderberry syrup
1 cup water
3 packets of powdered Knox gelatin
1/2 cup whipping cream (unwhipped)
1. Dissolve the packages of gelatin in a cup of cold water. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
2. Pour syrup into a small pot and bring to a soft boil. Remove from heat and add gelatin.
3. Pour in whipping cream and stir. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set. Cut into squares or shapes.
** While I’m not 100% convinced elderberry syrup was the right choice, there’s something here and with some tinkering, we could create something really fantastic. Perhaps my rhubarb syrup with orange zest or a mango juice with orange concentrate might taste good? Or, switching agar flakes instead of gelatin? Since this is my first attempt at making homemade gelatin, I welcome your suggestions and feedback!