The Orange Jellies of Charles I

They were supposed to have been served to him like this, perhaps in compliment to Nell Gwynne.


  • 1 oz. (30 g.) gelatine soaked in a little water
  • ΒΌ lb. (120 g.) loaf sugar
  • juice of 4 oranges and 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sherry


Carefully cut the oranges round, taking off the peel cleanly in two halves. Reserve.

Soak the thinly sliced peel of one of the oranges in the sherry for at least an hour. Then strain off the peel and put the sherry to the fruit juice in a saucepan. Add the sugar and gelatine and stir till all is dissolved. Pour into the halved orange skins and allow to set. When firmly set cut through again so that you have little boats of orange jelly.