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Blood oranges, crimson and delightful, are quickly becoming my favorite citrus. Unlike their gory name, they are lovely, tart and sweet. With a vibrant color and distinct flavor, they are perfect for gelatin molds – or in this case, agar agar set in orange peels.
The blood orange agar agar seen here is inspired by this Blood Orange Jelly Smiles recipe from the fantastic website, The Kitchn. I changed the recipe by substituting agar agar for gelatin. These are surprisingly easy to make and fun to eat!
Recipe for 2 cups
- 6-8 small blood oranges, fewer if large – see these instructions on preparing orange peels for molds.
- 1 ¾ cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice, strained to remove pulp
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon agar agar
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine blood orange juice, water, sugar, and agar agar. Bring to a boil, and continue boiling for 15-minutes. Pour into halved orange peels – see these instructions on using orange peels as molds. Enjoy!