Dried Rose Agar-agar - a delightedly sweet and fragrant rose scented crystallized jelly usually served during the Chinese New Year. A treat from yesteryear! | MalaysianChineseKitchen.com #driedagaragar #driedagar #crystallizedjelly

Dried Rose Agar-agar

Dried Rose Agar-agar - a delightedly sweet and fragrant rose scented crystallized jelly usually served during the Chinese New Year. A treat from yesteryear!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Drying Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Malaysian
Keyword: agar-agar, dried agar-agar, dried rose agar-agar
Servings: 14
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Linda Ooi

INGREDIENTS

  • cups water (600ml)
  • ¾ cup sugar (160g)**
  • 1 packet agar-agar powder (2 tbsp/12g)
  • 1 tsp rose essence
  • A few drops red food coloring

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine water, sugar, agar-agar powder, rose essence, and red food coloring in a medium saucepan.
  • Place saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Stir frequently until sugar and agar-agar powder dissolve.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Give it a good stir. Turn off stove.
  • Pour agar-agar mixture into a 7 in x 5 inch tray. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator and allow agar-agar jelly to set for 1 hour.
  • Unmold agar-agar jelly and cut into 1 in x ½ in thick pieces using a crinkle cutter.
  • Arrange pieces of agar-agar jelly on a 15 in x 10 in wire rack.
  • Turn on the oven to dehydrate mode and preheat oven to 140°F (60°C).
  • Transfer the rack of agar-agar jelly into the oven.
  • Let the pieces of agar-agar jelly dry for 9 to 11 hours. The duration will depend on the thickness of the agar-agar jelly.***
  • Remove from oven and place into air tight containers.

NOTES

** If you prefer it sweeter, please use up to 1½ cups (315g) sugar.
*** Alternatively, agar-agar jelly may be dried outdoors in the sun until a layer of sugar crust appears. This will take several days, usually between 3 to 4 days. Make sure to cover the agar-agar jelly with a muslin cloth or mesh food screen when drying outdoors.

NUTRITION

Serving: 4pieces | Calories: 46kcal
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