1 Apt. 2B Baking Co.: Mango, Blueberry and Coconut Ice Pops

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mango, Blueberry and Coconut Ice Pops



Have you guys declared your official summer jams? As far as I'm concerned, summer hasn't quite started until I've picked out my soundtrack for the late sunsets that stretch into long warm nights and rooftop parties that turn into all nighters because the weather is just too nice to go home. They're the songs that you play on repeat until everyone around you says enough already, enough! Then you smile and play them again because you know all the words and you love singing along and shaking your booty and feeling free. This summer I'm loving Cults with a side of Roy Orbison for good measure and lots of ice-pops because they are also, the JAM.

Mango, Blueberry and Coconut Ice Pops
yield, about 8 large pops

For the Blueberry Layer

1 pint blueberries, about 2c
1c water
4-6T sugar (depending on the sweetness of your berries)
1t lime juice

Combine the blueberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the blueberries are very soft, about 5 min. Remove from heat and strain the mixture over a bowl, pressing firmly to extract all of the blueberry goodness, add lime juice. Divide the mixture in half and place in the refrigerator to cool.

For the Blueberry Coconut Layer

1/2 of the reserved blueberry mixture
2-3T coconut milk from a small (6oz) can

Stir the two together. Done!

For the Mango Layer, which tastes like awesome mango-coco pudding!

4 very ripe champagne mangoes, pit and skin removed
remainder of the small can of coconut milk
juice from 1 lime
2T honey or agave (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If your mango flesh was at all stringy (it happens) you may want to pass this mixture through a sieve. Taste your mix and if you find it needs a little sweetness, go ahead and add the honey or agave.

To Assemble

I found it really helpful to pour the three mixtures into separate containers with spouts like measuring cups or small pitchers. This will give you more control over pouring and the tidyness of your layers. You can also carefully spoon the mixtures into your ice pop molds. You can really layer these guys anyway you like, so choose a flavor to start and pour some in. Place your pop molds in the freezer for about 20min before pouring another layer, thin layers will take less time to freeze. Keep your mixes in the fridge in between pours to help keep them chilly so they will freeze faster. When you get to the top, and before the pops are frozen solid, add the sticks. Freeze until pops are totally solid, another 4-6 hours or overnight. If you are feeling a little less ambitious, just make single flavored pops and freeze about 6 hours or until solid.

Don't have ice pop molds? Try using small baking dishes like brioche molds, ramekins, or even small dixie cups.

16 comments:

  1. "Grown Ocean" by Fleet Foxes has become my unofficial summer anthem. :) I could probably list off the "song of the summer" for the last 5 or 6 summers... and everytime you hear that song, you're immediately thrown back into that summer. Love it.

    Love the pops, too!

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  2. Overgrown Waltz - Yes! Excellent choice, I love the super 8 video for that song.

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  3. Wow ! Its an amazing blog.
    One of the best blog I have ever read.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Good Work..
    Nice blog on chocolate molds
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    Keep going...

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  4. I'm too embarrassed to tell you what my summer anthem is ... you know how good my taste in music is ;-)

    Nice stripes by the way!

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  5. Stumbled across your blog from a shout out by 6 Bittersweets: fantastic! I too finally found my summer anthem: the Cat Stevens Pandora radio station. (My dad would be so proud.) Cheers and popsicles!

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  6. Hi Plum! Thanks so much, your blog is great and yay for summer anthems!

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  7. I am so glad to find your blog. Oh, I love all your photos! GORGEOUS!! They are not just photos, they are food arts.

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  8. Quay Po - Thank you so much, that really means a lot!

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  9. Your photography is really inspiring, so glad to have found you through 6 Bittersweets. I could look at your pictures all day.

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  10. I just made some blueberry popsicles today too! Mine had champagne in them ;) These look really, really delish! We're hosting an online seasonal potluck and July is blueberry month! If you'd like to link your recipe, we'd love to have you! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

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  11. can't wait to make these. CAN'T WAIT. wonder what a bit of crystalized ginger might do...?

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  12. witchinkitchen - I would love to know! I thought about grating some fresh ginger in the mix too, delish!

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  13. Hi Yos, where did you get your pop molds? Now that I'm on the East Coast, I need these!

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  14. Eva- What up east side?! I think I got my molds at the hardware store down the street, but amazon has a huge selection of fun shapes and sizes. If I could by another set, I'd get these http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-PLP-1-Freezer-Maker/dp/B0000CF7H6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1311475466&sr=8-4 they are the perfect shape.

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