Mojito Jelly Giveaway

June 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm 48 comments

So I’ve mentioned my Mojito jelly in each of my last two posts. I have to admit, I really, really like this jelly. I’ve never had anything quite like it… tangy, refreshing, and unexpected! It was good in the Bakewell Tart and even better on its own.

But oh my gosh, I didn’t realize the potential of this jelly until my dad used it the other day for dinner. He brushed it on top of grilled pork loin, and even though it wasn’t the best cut of meat, wow. It was so good. I can’t imagine how good it would be on lamb or even chicken.

We’ve used up two of the five jars so far, and I like this jelly so much I just might make it again. But since I still have three jars left, I thought I might try something else… and give it away.

Yup! 17 and Baking’s first giveaway. Just leave a comment telling me how you think the jelly would taste best – whether on meat, in a dessert, or on its own – and an email address. I’ll randomly select a comment as the winner and send that person a jar of jelly!

Comments close on on July 6th.

On another note, a sweet thank you to Monica H of Lick The Bowl Good for passing me this “lovely blog award”! I’m supposed to pass it onto 10 bloggers who are just as lovely. Though you guys are all lovely, every one of you. :)

1. Alana of The Good Girl Gone Blog
2. Marta of Just Call Me Marta
3. Marian of Sweetopia
4. Valerie of The Chocolate Bunny
5. Erin of Erin Cooks (though she’s already won this award!)
6. Jen of Palate-to-Pen
7. Alicia of The Confessions of a Bakeaholic
8. Shannon of Created By Shannon
9. Madison of Making my Mark
10. Eliana of A Chica Bakes

Thanks, everyone for reading! Readers and comments and just knowing that my words and photos are actually being seen by at least one person makes a world of difference to me. :)

7/6/09 Update – Comments are now closed. A winner will be announced with the next blog post. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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A Mojito Bakewell Tart To Beat The Heat – Daring Bakers A Little Taste of Independence

48 Comments

  • 1. Elissa's Dad  |  June 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Ummm since I offered to give my jar of jelly to the give-away, I think it is only fair that I get a fair shot at getting it back. So consider me officially entered in the give-away!

  • 2. alicia  |  June 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for passing on the award :) Your site is definitely taken off! good job Elissa! Enjoy your summer now that schools out! Lots of time for baking!!

  • 3. nutmegnanny  |  June 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I’m picturing some sort of lamb burger….yummy…

  • 4. Angela  |  June 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, there are so many things you could try…

    stirred into some soft vanilla ice-cream
    sandwiched between a Victoria sponge
    glaze a cheesecake
    jam tarts!
    … can you tell I have a sweet tooth? ok here’s a savory…
    brush over chicken on the BBQ

    xxx

  • 5. flory  |  June 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    since you’ve taken the cocktail and made it into a jelly, why not put it back in a cocktail? or at least a solid, architectural sundae version of a cocktail — like…ooh, a fizzy ice-cold sherbet topped with or swirled through with the mojito jelly, and drizzled with rum syrup. maybe a rum-laced tuile for textural contrast. i wonder if making a sorbet with carbonated water makes it fizzy? maybe a rum sorbet.

    maybe a mojito Linzer. two cookies, sandwiched together with mojito jelly, served with ice cream on the side. preferably an ice cream laced with rum. (no, i’m really not much of a drinker…)

  • 6. perfectlittledreams  |  June 30, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Yum! I’d try the jelly on a toasted bagel…maybe sesame seed. Or, I’d pair it with crackers and a nice mild cheese.

  • 7. Celine  |  June 30, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Wow that’s so nice, a giveaway! :)

    Maybe in cookies, muffins, or just with bread. I like bread haha!
    Or make something you can dip in the jar of jelly (:

  • 8. Sis  |  June 30, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I’m thinking it would be lovely on some purple hull peas. :)

    I have to say, I intend to make this jelly. It sounds divine.

  • 9. stephchows  |  June 30, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Hmmm I’d have to say brushed on shrimp and veggie skewers and then tossed on the grill!

  • 10. Amanda  |  June 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I have been meaning to make a mojito cupcake for probably close to a year. It’s the cupcake that I know would be fantastic but I just keep pushing it off for other things. So… if I won the giveaway, I would definitely use the jam in a mojito cupcake. I’d either layer it into the cake itself or maybe swirl it into the frosting or maybe even drizzle it on top.

    Oooh… what about swirling it into some blondies? Hahah… apparently your jam gets people thinking creatively. :)

  • 11. Amber  |  June 30, 2009 at 8:38 am

    either savory on some good toasted bread with melty cheese or as the middle of a thumbprint cookie. Why choose…I will take both :)

  • 12. Alana @ The Good Girl Gone Blog  |  June 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    You are the sweetest! I’d say slather some on a nice fresh hunk of bread from a local bakery :)

  • 13. Deanna  |  June 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I think it would go great with cream cheese, so maybe I’d top a cheesecake with it!

  • 14. Erin  |  June 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

    You’re too sweet! Thank you for the lovely award.

    I’m fascinated by your use of mojito jelly. I’m a serious mojito addict in the summer so this sounds like an excellent element to incorporate into a grilled chicken or pork dish or perhaps as a topping on some freshly baked bread? I hope you’ll share the recipe at some point!

  • 15. Elissa  |  June 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Erin, the recipe is on my Daring Bakers Mojito Bakewell Tart post from the 27th!

    http://17andbaking.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/a-mojito-bakewell-tart-to-beat-the-heat-daring-bakers/

  • 16. Cousin Sharon  |  June 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Your dad’s grandmother used to make Lemon jelly for passover. It had lemon rind and walnuts in it and we used it in tea. I am thinking that your mojito jelly just might be better than grandma’s in a nice cup of tea.

  • 17. Cousin Sharon  |  June 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    and boy would I love to taste in on pork chops too!

  • 18. Becky  |  June 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’d say slather it on some fresh pound cake and top it with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

  • 19. Monica h  |  June 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    You’re so very welcome! You deserve it.

    How about on white chocolate scones!

  • 20. Eliana  |  July 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

    You are too sweet. Thanks so much for thinking of me.

    Mojitos are my absolute favorite cocktail. (you should def try…but not until you’re 21…hehe) I think this jelly would taste great on a hearty cracker with some brie cheese. YUM!!!!

  • 21. Valerie  |  July 1, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Awww, thank you for the award, that’s so sweet! I haven’t been food-blogging for very long, so I do appreciate it! Though I may wait for my blogroll to increase before I pass it along…

    As for the jelly… I would definitely try it on barbecued skewers of shrimp and red peppers.

  • 22. Jasmine  |  July 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hey, love the blog!

    savory : spooned over a soft block of cream cheese and used as a dip for crackers OR over chicken as a glaze

    sweeeet: hmm … “Mojito Jelly Crumble Bars” with the jelly used in place of fruit or some other jam.. and maybe add dome mint and lime zest in the crust to complement the jelly

    so many possibilities!

  • 23. Katy  |  July 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I think it would tast absolutly delicious on a shrimp grilled or sauteed, and then put on on a salad! Yum! that sounds like such a great summer meal!

  • 24. irene  |  July 1, 2009 at 11:05 am

    hmm, maybe on top of beef. or something sweet like cupcakes or ice cream. thanks, love your posts!

  • 25. Madison  |  July 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for the award. I really appreciate it.

    I would use it on some tortilla chips or bread.

  • 26. Evelyn  |  July 2, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hmmm so many good ideas…on top of cheesecake! wow. I was thinking more savory applications, but simple to let the jelly shine as the star, with chicken or pork, and with peas sounds delicious too…Of course I’m sure it would also be great with a little butter on top of some carrot flecked dinner rolls- my new absolute favorite go to bread recipe :) (we seriously can’t get enough of them, I make at least a batch a week and my cousin is always stopping by unexpectedly and “do you have any of those carrot rolls in there?”)

  • 27. Stephanie  |  July 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’d recommend making a fresh fruit tart with vanilla-bean pastry cream, and use the jelly to glaze the fruit.

  • 28. meghan  |  July 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    i am so excited to try this!!! i think it would taste great on some chicken and then just throw it on the grill. yum yum.

  • 29. Erin  |  July 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Oh goodness I want to win! I freaking LOVE mojitos!

    erinsfoodfiles at gmail.com

  • 30. Stephanie  |  July 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I cannot imagine how delicious this would be. I think I would use it to glaze some shrimp which I would serve over rice. Or maybe I’d just eat it straight with some cream cheese and a good cracker. I think it might be really, really amazing on sweet, buttered cornbread. Or maybe I’d just eat it out of the jar. I’m naughty that way sometimes.

  • 31. Shannon L  |  July 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Elissa for the Award! Keep up your great baking and its nice to have support of other teen bloggers!

  • 32. Rachael  |  July 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I would love to try it on a piece of toast!

  • 33. Jessica  |  July 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I would love to eat this as a glaze on grilled chicken breast!

  • 34. Naomi  |  July 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I would love to try it with lamb… my grandmother used to make lamb with mint jelly from a jar and it would be cool to try to modernize her old recipe.

  • 35. Lisa  |  July 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    It would be divine incorporated into a vanilla cupcake. The mintiness really works with delicious and adorable baked goods

  • 36. Heather Lee  |  July 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I’d probably be too impatient to bake or cook with it because it sounds so delish; I’m guessing I’d toast some bread and make a pb &j, lol.

  • 37. Aunt LoLo  |  July 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I think it would make a SMASHING thumbprint cookie!

    Lovin’ the blog…so glad I found you!

  • 38. Gloria Morrongiello  |  July 4, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I see everyone is using it for a sweet dessert type of dish,well I love making pannini’s and I also am on a diet so I eat turkey burgers in place of beef but,they are so tasteless and on the dry side.I do doctor them uput they still need something.I think this would be wonderful on a turkey burger with grilled onions and Asiago or swiss cheese on a Ciabatta bread in a Pannini maker.I would love to try this one.I think your cake looks wonderful and you look like you will be a promising baker some day.Good Luck.
    You have a nice refreshing blog.
    Gloria

  • 39. milo janus  |  July 5, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I would like to taste it in pinwheel cookies!!

  • 40. John Strange  |  July 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Sounds wonderful. How would the jelly taste in lower Alabama? I would be glad to send you tasting notes if I win!

    And did you make the jelly? Where can someone get it?

  • 42. Tracy  |  July 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Oh, I’d love to try it with some baked brie!

  • 43. Gloria Morrongiello  |  July 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    To tell the truth I never had one and have no idea what it tastes like.

  • 44. Elissa's Dad  |  July 5, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Gloria: It is basically sparkling limeade with mint.

  • 45. Kat  |  July 5, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, I wouldn’t be sure what to tell you to put this on because quite frankly, I had to look up what exactly a mojito was! When I hear lime, I automatically think Mexican food, though. Is that normal? Maybe this would somehow go nice with a bean dish.

  • 46. Charisse  |  July 6, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I want to do two things with it – I want to slather it on some turkey breast chops as I don’t eat pork chops. I bet it would be absolutely delicious.

    Also, I want to mix it into a sour cream cake batter and make it into moist and delicious cupcakes topped with a cream cheese and lime zest frosting.

  • 47. Mary Kay Thompson  |  July 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    All the recipes sound amazing ~ but the cake sounds really hard.
    Could you just come over and make it for me?

  • 48. Elissa  |  July 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Mary Kay Thompson – The cake truly isn’t that hard! All the baking is the same as any cake, then you just have to cut out circles. You could do it! ;)

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