I’m itching for longer days, warm balmy weather, barbeque lunches, and lazy summer days! I’m in Summer mode already despite the fact that Spring is not even upon us! Um, actually… we are in the dead of winter. But a girl can hope! I’ve been cooking up all sorts of recipes that are conducive to the warm weather and what better recipe than this!
Whether you call them Paletas (a Latin American ice pop made from fresh fruit) or good old-fashioned popsicles, these frozen little treats are fresh and bright and completely free of artificial dyes or flavours. So do your kiddies and yourself a favour and stop serving popsicles with artificial dyes and high-fructose corn syrup when you can serve up these delicious and healthy treats that are so easy to make!
You’ll want to segment the orange: Lay the orange on its base and slice the skin in a downward fashion. Once the skin is removed, segment the orange with a sharp knife to remove the flesh from the membrane. The flesh alone (without any membrane) will produce a very smooth puree.
Strawberry and Orange Paletas (Popsicles)
1 large orange
2 pounds (approx. 3 cups) ripe strawberries
3-4 tablespoons granulated white sugar, divided
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Wash the strawberries. Hull them (remove the stems) and half them to make for easier blending.
Place strawberries in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar (add 1 more tablespoon if the strawberries are not very sweet) and toss to coat. Allow the berries to macerate for about 20-30 minutes. The juice will naturally extract from the berries.
In the meantime, segment the orange ensure that there are no membranes attached to the flesh of the orange. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and add to a blender. Puree the orange completely and remove the mixture into a small bowl.
Add the strawberries and lemon juice to the same blender (there is no need to rinse out the blender as long as most of the orange mixture is removed). Blend until strawberries are completely pureed.
Add the orange mixture to the popsicle molds in equal quantities. Freeze for about 30 minutes until just set enough to add the strawberry mixture. Add the strawberry mixture gently on top of the orange layer, in equal quantities, and be sure not to mix it. Add the popsicle sticks into the mixture pressing gently so the bottom of the stick penetrates the orange layer to hold it in place.
Freeze for 4-24 hours. Enjoy!
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