February 7, 2010

How to make Junket

On my last trip to Melbourne with Jacqui her dad was chatting to us in the car and lamented the good old Junket tablet that you used to be able to get in the supermarket.

Junket is an old-school dessert that my Gran made for me once when I was a kid. I remember it and also remember my Gran's upset when they took Junket tablets off the shelves...so I could empathise with Trevor and totally understood what he was saying.

For me though, it didn't stop with the conversation in the car. The J word stayed with me and I just couldn't get over the fact that supermarkets can have such a powerful impact and have so much control over what people eat. The supermarket decided to stop stocking Junket tablets, so the company that made them went broke. What made me feel worse was that my Gran, John and my mum all have such long standing and fond memories of eating Junket and I hated the thought that the skill of Junket making would die as a result. When my mum was a little girl, she and John used to have Junket at night for dessert after tea. They would have Junket races to see who could eat theirs first.

So with a fire in my belly I went in search for a source of elusive Junket tablets.

And I found them.

Back in the supermarket :)

I was EXTREMELY happy and immediately posted two packets to Trevor and rang my Gran. Gran was very excited and placed an order with me for a packet that I could bring home with me next time I was in Toowoomba. I was more than pleased to fulfill this request...Gran got all reminiscent...so I asked her to teach me how to make Junket...her way.

Bowl of junket

Secrets to making Junket according to my Gran...
- Junket depends completely on how good the Junket tablet is, so you may need to experiment. Generally you need one and a half to two Junket tablets for a single serve.
- Follow the directions on the packet.
- Use two dessert spoons of sugar and a quarter cap of vanilla.
- Heat the milk to blood heat (37 degrees C) and absolutely NO MORE.
- Pour into the bowl you are going to eat it in and don't move it. Just let it sit and set.
- Grate or sprinkle nutmeg over the top of it to serve.

All I have to do now is practice and see if I can get it right.

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