Friday, July 15, 2011

Frozen Fruit Pops

224. With peaches in season and two sweet, ripe mangos, my daughter and I made a batch of Peach Mango and Blueberry Lemon Frozen Fruit Pops.

Our popsicle forms were from Bed Bath and Beyond and Tupperware.
The peaches smelled so delicious and I love the combination of mango and peach flavors.
We pealed and cut up 3 peaches and 2 whole mangos and placed the slices in a blender.
We added about 1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar and adjusted by taste. We also added a couple drops of coconut extract and a few gratings of nutmeg. Then we filled the blender 3/4 full with fruit juice which was a mango, peach, orange juice mix and juice from 1/2 a lemon.
Blend till smooth and taste for sweetness and flavor. Adjust any of the ingredients to your liking.
Pour directly into clean popsicle forms making sure you do not fill them to the tippy top. This allows for expansion and keeps the popsicles uniform.
Place in freezer on a level surface. Freeze for about 2 hours or till juice becomes thick. Push popsicle sticks into center of each pop and push down about 3/4 of the way. Freeze over night.
Our Blueberry Lemon frozen Pops started with blueberries. We used whole berries but this will give you tiny bits in your popsicles...which I particularly like. If you do not like this, place your berries in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup water and about 1/2 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Strain the juice from the berries saving the juice and discard the berries. Press down on berries to release all the juice. Place the juice in a blender with 1/2 cup sugar.
Zest one whole lemon and add the zest to the juice/berries in the blender. Then add juice from one whole lemon, dash of cinnamon and fill the blender with lemon aid till 3/4 full.
Blend on high and taste for desired sweetness and make adjustments to your liking. Pour into prepared popsicle molds. Follow the same process as the previous popsicles and freeze overnight.
When ready to serve remove one mold and carefully run hot water over the bottom of the mold. Work with one popsicle at a time. You will begin to feel the popsicle release and slide out of the mold. Be careful not to place in hot water for too long...the popsicles will begin to melt. If this happens, return to the freezer till molded again.
I served the popsicles on a plate of crushed ice covered with plastic wrap. It worked beautifully.
What a big hit they were! You can do this! The molds were so inexpensive and if you don't have fresh fruit just pour fruit juice into the molds. It is surprising how easy, yet how impressed your kids or guests will be.

"A tree is know by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost;
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
~ Saint Basil

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