Natto Coffee Jelly

Prep time: 15 minutes and 3 hours for gelatin mixture to set.

Servings: 4

Natto in coffee gelatin with whipped cream served on toast

This is a great recipe for those with a sweet tooth. The flavor of the coffee jelly does a good job of masking the smell and sliminess of the natto. The bread is optional to this recipe. I like to use toasted bread for the added texture but other variations can call for non-toasted bread, one slice of bread (eaten like an open faced sandwich), or no bread at all for a lighter dessert.

The coffee flavored jelly powder used in this recipe may not be sold in all grocery stores. I was able to find it at 99 Ranch, a brand manufactured by a Taiwanese company. Individually packaged coffee jelly is also a good substitute. If you cannot find either, another option is using instant coffee with Agar Agar powder.

Ingredients:

1.  2 packs of Natto
2.  Coffee flavored jelly powder (1/2 cup)
3.  Sugar (4 Tbsp)
4.  Heavy whipping cream (1 cup)
5.  Bread

Directions:

1.  Boil 2 and a half cups of water. Mix in coffee powder and stir until all is dissolved.
2.  Mix in the two packs of natto into coffee mixture, stir enough so the natto is spread uniformly in the gelatin. Remove from heat.
3. Pour the natto+gelatin mixture into a pie tin or square cake pan for cooling. I like the mixture to about 1/2 an inch deep, so I used a pie tin about 10 inches in diameter.
4. Chill mixture in refrigerator for about 3 hours.
5. Prepare whipped cream. Add heavy whipping cream and sugar into mixer of mixing bowl. Even easier with your favorite canned whipped cream.
6. Prepare bread, and assemble all components into a sandwich.

When prepared with two pieces of toast the look reminds me of s’mores, but with the power of natto. If you still know people who refuse to try natto, this recipe is a great place to start. As always try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

 

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