What better way to beat the heat than a delicious popsicle treat? After I’m reviewing this post I laughed out loud because that line sounds like a child’s poem or something!
I came across this recipe and was inspired to try them myself because they can be enjoyed in the AM as well as PM since they are basically yogurt and berries. Since I still consider myself quite the amateur in the kitchen, I was nervous that they may be a little more difficult than they appear but luckily they were quite simple and turned out with a couple of learnings along the way. The great thing about this recipe is that you can use pretty much any summer fruit that is in season. I’m certainly going to try peaches in my next batch.
2 cups of fresh blackberries, or the berry of your choice!
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups plain unsweetened Greek-style yogurt
If using blackberries, or another large berry,cut them in half. Place berries in a bowl and squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice over it (save the peel; you’re going to use it). Add the honey, stir to combine. Set aside.
Place lemon peel, water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until it comes to a boil and sugar has dissolved. It makes a delicious lemony simple syrup. Simmer for 5 minutes more and remove peel and chill syrup completely. You can do this in the fridge, but took the advice to set the bowl of syrup in a larger bowl of ice water. Within 15 minutes, it should be chilled.
Whisk yogurt and chilled syrup together. Mine has a pinky tinge to it because I used a spoon that touched the berries.
Soften up the berry mixture and any juices that have accumulated by flattening with a fork until desired texture. I kept some chunks of berries but just make sure that they are small enough to fit into popsicle mold.
Assemble popsicles by alternating pouring a little of the yogurt mixture, then a little of the berry mixture into each popsicle mold leaving 1/4-inch from the tops (to leave room for expansion as they freeze).
Use a popsicle stick to swirl the ingredients together.
Place in freezer overnight. You could leave them for less time however I didn’t want to risk it and didn’t mind waiting. Following the directions on the popsicle mold you are using.