Easy to make, tasty and with a healthy twist, adding tinned fruit and juice to a pudding that your children are probably already familiar with is a great way of getting goodness into them.
Even better, though, this is treat that the kids can mainly make on their own. I open tins, pour juice if the carton is very full and move the finished pudding to the fridge to set but the rest is all down to them and takes just minutes to do.
Try experimenting with different fruits and flavours of jelly (jelly with strawberries and raspberries in is popular in our house too). Ask your children to choose what they’d like, maybe you can use this pudding to encourage them to eat a good dinner first 😃. Don’t use kiwi fruit, papaya or fresh pineapple, though (tinned is fine), as it contains an enzyme that stops the jelly setting.
Serves 4 adults
- 1 x 135g pack mandarin or orange jelly (try the sugar-free type if you’re feeling healthy)
- 1 X 298g tin mandarin segments in juice
- 400ml orange juice
- 100ml water
- Break up the jelly into cubes and put them in a microwavable jug.
- Pour enough water over to just cover the jelly cubes.
- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds then stir. If it hasn’t all dissolved then heat for another 10-20 seconds.
- Open the tin of mandarin segments, pour the juice into the jug with the jelly then fill the jug up to the 1 pint line with the orange juice and give it a stir. If you’ve got any juice left over you can drink it 😀.
- empty the fruit into a jelly mould or container. Spread them out so that they cover the bottom.
- Pour the jelly over the mandarin segments and put it in the fridge to set for 4-5 hours.
- Enjoy with ice cream or whipped cream.