Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lemon Balm Jelly

My mother kindly makes space in her garden for a few bits and pieces that I like. One of those things is lemon balm. Apparently it is related to mint and like mint, spreads! She was concerned at how much space it was starting to take up so I had a quick look on the internet to see what I could make to get rid of as much as possible. Lemon balm syrup or jelly looked like the best options so I went with the jelly. The recipe I found looked somewhat unusual and certainly didn't follow the method I am familiar with when making fruit jellies. However, I decided to give it a go and see how it went. It didn't! It wouldn't set at all so I reverted to the tried and true and boiled it down to get it to the right point where it would. The original recipe was from Cooks.com and is as follows:

Lemon Balm Jelly

1 c. lemon balm
3 c. water
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
6 1/2 c. sugar
1 bottle liquid pectin
Drop of yellow food coloring

Steep lemon balm in boiled water 10-20 minutes. Strain. Bring infusion and sugar to a rolling boil, add pectin and cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add coloring, jar and seal.

I bought some pectin (Kings) as I had never used it before. I also used a heap more lemon balm to get a good infusion. I probably quadrupled the lemon juice too! I then boiled the heck out of it!
It turned out a gorgeous jelly, fragrant and subtle, and perfect on toast. I reckon it would be fab on butterfly cakes too. Or on scones with cream, or in the middle of a sponge.......I got about 6 150 ml jars from this foray, which I thought was worth the effort!

8 comments:

smörgåsbroad said...

that's pretty kick ass! i've never heard of any herbal jellies besides mint, but that looks lovely. lemon balm is one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely colour. I don't think I've ever been able to grow enough to make jelly though. I'd love to try. In the middle of a sponge sounds lovely.

Francesca x

NuKiwi said...

I don't think I have heard of lemon blam...it the plant similar to lemon myrtle (from Aus)??? Just curious - would love to see what the leaf looks like. ;o)

Looks delish!

Linda F said...

Here's a picture and some info
http://www.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://bp1.blogger.com/_sDZVzXKuHcg/R1MyOoz2NLI/AAAAAAAAACg/IDgbh5xToxY/s1600-R/LemonBalm.JPG&imgrefurl=http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2007/12/lemon-balm-scent-that-says-fresh.html&h=1200&w=1600&sz=434&tbnid=N0sGPz7Z3YEJ::&tbnh=113&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlemon%2Bbalm%2Bimage&usg=__f7mcPeNQCjjf9Y9fyAbyvzbmDQ4=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image&cd=1

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I remember discussing this with you on the pantry! I think I might have to transplant my lemon balm to let it grow out so I can give this a go. I love the colour, like sunshine in a jar :)

Rosie said...

What beautiful Jelly and the colours are wonderful. I bet this tastes fantastic.

Rosie x

Norm said...

That looks wonderful Linda! I am getting into making jellies but have so far only done apple ones (apple/mint and apple/chili). If I can find a supply of lemon balm I will give this one a try!

Kate

Tania said...

Thanks for posting this recipe, I have been looking for something to do with my lemon balm, which i planted by seed last year and now growing like a weed.