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Homemade Christmas Gift: Fruit Jellies

Posted on: January 6, 2011

I made these fruit jellies to make as Christmas presents and they were well-liked all around.  I found the recipe in a Canadian Family magazine (November 2008).  They’re like fruit leather but sweeter.

4 cups berry-flavoured unsweetened applesauce (10 single serving containers)
2 cups sugar (plus extra for coating)
1 box liquid pectin (2 85-g pouches)

1.  Wet inside of a 8×8 inch baking pan, shake out excess water.  Line inside with plastic wrap, keep as smooth as possible.
2.  Bring berry applesauce and sugar to a boil in a large pot, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar (I should have used a bigger pot to cut down on splatters).
3.  Stir in pectin and reduce heat to medium high (the original recipe told me to adjust the temperature for prevent splattering but in order to get it to set up, you have to keep the temperature at medium high…wear an old long sleeve tshirt and oven mitts while stirring).
4.  Continue to stir for 25-35 minutes, until candy thermometer reaches 200 degrees F and the berry mixture moves in one mass when stirred and is not overly sticky.
5.  Pour mixture into pan, spread with spatula to keep even.  Let stand at room temperature overnight.
6.  Invert pan onto cutting board and trim edges.  Cut into 1.25 inch squares.  Dredge in sugar.  Makes 36.

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