I recently attended a dessert demo-class by Japanese Chef Aki Watanabe. The highlight of the class was using high quality french jams in dessert making. In just two hours, Chef Watanabe demonstrated four recipes – Chocolate-Clementine Mini Cakes, Rose Petal Jelly with Lychees on Milk Jelly, Almond and Jam Squares and Cake -In-A-Jar. She also generously shared two other bonus recipes that was derived from straining yogurt overnight to separate into curd and whey – Curd with Extra Virgin Oil & Fig Jam (for a healthy breakfast) and a Classic Biscuit using whey (to eat with jam anytime).
It was a joy watching Chef Aki as she cheerfully went about explaining the steps in making all of the above mentioned recipes. Everyone had a taste of the different desserts during the class. Indeed an interesting morning well spent for me !
My favourite recipe from the class is this milk jelly made from milk, cream & cornflour. The unique Rose Petal Jelly complements really well with lychees atop the milk jelly. Easy to prepare and deliciously creamy. Definitely will make this again !
P/S : I tried it with low fat milk & cream and it didn’t set well. I called the culinary school about it and they said it is necessary to use full cream milk and 100% whipping cream for this recipe. How to lose weight with such a classic dessert???
Rose Petal Jelly With Lychees on Milk Jelly
Makes 5 x 80ml per portion)
350 gm fresh milk (full cream only)
150gm whipping cream (full cream only)
35 gm corn flour
30gm castor sugar
½ tsp vanilla paste
5 pcs lychee in syrup
5 tablespoon rose petal jelly
1) Place corn flour in a bowl, stir in fresh milk using a whisk and add whipping cream to the mixure. Stir.
2) Strain the milk mixture into a pot. Add sugar and vanilla paste. Bring it to the boil.
3) Turn down to medium heat, keep stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens for about 7-8 mins.
4) Strain quickly into a wet mould. Cover with microwave cling wrap. The wrap must be in contact with the top of the jelly to prevent a thin film-like layer from forming on the top side.
5) When it has cooled down to room temperature, chill in the fridge until set.