With Halloween creeping up your trouser leg you’ll find that now is the time to get your mitts on one of the Brain Jelly moluds, I was given one of these to make a blog for Angels, for the fancy dress blog on www.fancydress.com. NEWS FLASH! These are on sale! They were £4.99 but are now £0.99, they come a sa pair 1 Jelly Mould and 1 Heart Mould.
This is what I came up with, I asked my Mother-In-Law to guess what she was having for pudding and for some reason she couldn’t guess that it was brains. Now that she has eaten a massive lump of it she has considerably more brains than before. More than that she accuses me of being ‘a cheeky devil!’
To make my Halloween Jelly Brains You Will Need
- A Jelly Mould from www.fancydress.com
- 100g White Chocolate
- Cherry Jelly
- Frozen Cherries
- Chocolate Sponge
- 1 Tub Whipping Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Icing Sugar
- Sieved Raspberry Jam
Gently warm up the white chocolate, be careful it is very easy to overheat it and make it split. Then paint the inside of the brain mould with a layer of chocolate, pop this into the fridge to set.
Make up your jelly, in the UK our jelly is in block form, in the US usually your Jello will be powered. Make up with a minimum of hot water to dissolve the jelly and then top up to the required amount with very cold water. Put this aside to get completely cool. I used frozen cherries and if you drop them into the jelly it will cool it all the quicker.
Once the jelly is completely cold (but before it is set) pour it into the white chocolate casing and return to the fridge to set. To make sure your mould does not move around in the fridge lay a clean, damp dishcloth under the mould – that way the jelly will set level.
Lay a sheet of cling film over the mould and draw a lie around the inside – as a template for the sponge. Using ready made chocolate sponge cut out two layers. I batch make mine and keep it in the freezer, see the recipe for the sponge here.
Whip up the whipping cream with the vanilla essence and icing sugar, drop a layer of cream onto the jelly base, add a layer of sponge, more cream, a second layer of sponge and finally top off with more cream. Work with the sponge still frozen, it is very easy to cut and having it frozen makes it very easy to handle.
Turn the brain out onto your serving platter and then decorate the brain with blood, made from sieved raspberry jam. I am using a piping bag, but you could use a fingertip and get a more blobby effect.
Serve this up to your guests to revolting effect!