Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I went on a strawberry picking adventure last week and I am going to tell you all about it soon, but in light of the heat wave happening in NYC I thought I should share these super easy ice pops with you right away. This is a slapdash kind of recipe that only takes a few minutes to throw together and because the berries are never heated it truly preserves the fresh flavor of summer's finest. All you have to do is slice up some strawberries and throw them in a blender with some sweetener (any kind you like) and freeze. Then, once you've patiently waited a few hours you'll have the perfect treat to enjoy while sweating out the summer on your stoop or fire escape or back yard if you are really lucky.
More strawberry recipes soon!
Strawberry Vanilla Ice Pops
yield, about 6 depending on the size of your molds
This method would work with any berry that you have laying around so feel free to experiment. The only thing i wouldn't do is put whole pieces of fresh fruit in the pops. It looks pretty, but I find the icy chunks kind of unpleasant to eat.
1 pound strawberries washed and hulled
2-4 Tablespoons sweetener (honey, sugar, maple syrup, or agave) depending on the sweetness of your fruit
juice from 1/2 a lime
seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
tiny pinch salt
Slice the strawberries and toss them with the sugar, lime, vanilla, and salt. Let the berries macerate for about 15 minutes then blend the mixture thoroughly. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness if necessary. Strain the mixture to remove the seeds if you like, I didn't bother. Pour into your ice pop molds and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Add 1/3 cup buttermilk to the blended strawberry mixture then freeze as desired. Alternately, add buttermilk to half of the strawberry mixture and make striped ice pops like these.