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The recipe calls for the essence which I can’t find anywhere. Do you think a sachet of jelly crystals would work instead?

Posted by tessie, 17th August 2015

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  • I’d give it a go, but I’m not the best cook…

  • it will not give the intended flavor or results. could be interesting to experiment with.
    have a look on bakeboss Australia if its to do with baking they have it

  • Ooh, can you post the jelly cheesecake recipe on here? It sounds delicious.

  • Well strawberry essence is liquid so if you replace it with Jelly crystals ( which is solid ) it may go hard and/or lumpy as the gelatine will set . I wouldn’t do it if you want the recipe to turn out properly .

  • Thank you to everyone for your replies. I used the jelly crystals to make a strawberry cheesecake. It worked perfectly and it was so delicious. The feedback from my tasters (neighbour and a friend as well as family) was wonderful.

  • I canot see why not. It’s worth a try anyway. Totally depends on the recipe though, you haven’t specified the recipe

  • Interesting Comments!

  • Interesting to read the comments!

  • I have used jelly crystals in a cheesecake with cream cheese and only a tiny but of hot water to dissolve them (lime cheesecake) and it was delicious!

  • yes you can as jelly is gelatine!

  • Thanks to everyone who replied. Unfortunately living in a rural district you can’t get certain ingredients. I’ll try using the jelly crystals and see how the cheesecake goes.

  • I think it would but you would have to be wary of what the flavour would do to your recipe.

  • I have used jelly crystals in place of gelatine before but please realise that jelly crystals have a very high amount of sugar.
    Strawberry essence is in the cake mix aisle and is with the dyes and cake decorations. Coles and Woolworths have it where I come from.
    Imitation Strawberry Essence 50mL$1.21
    Unit price $0.24 per 10mL
    Add to trolley
    This is from Coles on line.

  • If you are having trouble locating it at your supermarket, maybe try local markets and try the speciality deli shops – they often have these ingredients and can order/source them for you too.

  • i don’t know but give it a try anyway lol

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