Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beat the Heat

My favorite part about summer is all of the treats that I can't stomach in the colder months - frozen fruit, sangria, and popsicles! I try to have as much of them as I can, while I can! And I've been collecting a few simple but eye-catching recipes that are sure to impress!

Avocado Popsicles
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
2 small ripe avocados
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a bowl, along with the cooled syrup and salt. Mash and stir until smooth. Add the lime juice and stir until combined.

Hibiscus Popsicles

3/4 c. whole milk
1/4 c. heavy cream
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. water
1 heaping tbsp. dried hibiscus flowers + more for garnish

Bring sugar, water and honey to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring constantly to prevent the sugar from burning. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, process one heaping tablespoon of the dried flower pieces in a spice grinder until powdered. You may need to remove any large pieces that remain. Whisk the cooled syrup, milk, cream, ground flowers and food coloring in a small bowl until blended.

Pour the base into molds, leaving 1/2″ headspace in each cavity. Sprinkle remaining flowers onto the top (popsicle bottoms) of each cavity, pressing lightly so that the flower pieces adhere to the pops.
Last but not least, freezing fresh fruit with water, seltzer, or even champagne is as easy as it is pretty!

<3 Christina

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