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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

homemade popsicles

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I picked up a copy of People's Pops from the library, and I may have been converted to a popsicle lover.  I find summer dessert fans usually fall in the ice cream or popsicle category, and so being an ice cream connoisseur, I haven't strayed far into the world of popsicles.  But this book caught my eye, and it has changed my summer.  I bought a pack of popsicle molds and haven't looked back.  The beauty of homemade popsicles is that it is so.freakin.easy to make them.  Thanks to the authors of People's Pops, who make fresh fruit popsicles out of local, sustainably grown fruit, I have a new source of joy and happiness this summer. 

I made my own version of the straight up raspberry recipe using frozen and fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  I halved the recipe from the book since I only make four popsicles at a time.  Here's what you do: 

1. Make a simple syrup by mixing 1/3 cup sugar with 1/3 cup water.  Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. 
2. Puree two cups of fresh berries is a food processor (or whatever equivalent you have on hand).  Remember the smoother the texture, the smoother your finished popsicle.  You can strain the berry seeds if you want, but that seemed like too much work for me.  
3. Mix pureed berries and simple syrup together in liquid measuring container. 
4. Pour berry mixture into popsicle molds.  Leave room for mixture to expand in mold in freezer. 
5. Freeze for 5-6 hours. 
6. Place popsicles mold in lukewarm water bath for 1-2 minutes. 
7. Pop out and enjoy!! 

I had a little leftover mix and poured it into open slots in my ice cube tray.  I plan on mixing them with a little coconut milk or yogurt for a tasty breakfast smoothie. 

I highly recommend checking out People's Pops - or even going to one of their store locations if you live in New York City.  The book has so many tasty recipe ideas and has great tips for making your own flavor combos.  Some of their suggestions I plan on trying: tequila, elderflower, and cucumber; blueberries and cream; raspberries and basil; and melon and mint.  Talk about tasty summer treats. 

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