I think its finally time we stop tiptoeing around the subject, be brave and admit that summer is well and truly on the way (please don’t tell me I’ve just cursed the next 4 months’ weather…). I’ve broken out the summer sandals and even had my first bbq of the season. So I still need to pull on a sweater in the evenings and it’s not like I’m stripped down to my bikini quite yet, but that hasn’t stop people filling up the terraces or parks and enjoying the start of the sunshine.
Whenever the wintercoats are hidden away at the back of my wardrobe I start to get excited about summer food; eating salad with fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella, drinking cocktails outside and yes, I get far too excited about ice cream, especially making my own. With my summer kitchen preparations in full swing I thought it might be nice to share 2 of my favourite homemade ice lolly or popsicle recipes with you so you can bring a bit of summer spirit to wherever you happen to be at the moment (even if in your part of the world it’s still sub-zero); they are quick, easy, cheap, healthy and hey sometimes even alcoholic!
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❤ Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles ❤
It’s a simple classic that never fails to make my mouth happy and the fresh black pepper makes it just a bit more sophisticated than your average popsicle;
- 200g of fresh strawberries
- 500ml of natural yogurt (greek yogurt works well too)
- 5 tbsp of honey
- a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Put your strawberries in a blender, use a hand blender or go old school and mush them with a fork in a bowl – you don’t want them to be liquid but just mushed up a bit. Mix in the yogurt and honey and make sure the strawberries are well blended through the mixture. Carefully put the mixture into your mould (I use this one), get them in the freezer. When they are frozen solid you might need to run the mould under hot water in order to ease the popsicle out and then you can sit back and enjoy.
❤ Mojito Popsicles ❤
Rum and I have always been good friends so it’s only natural that I’d attempt to perfect the Mojito popsicle. The recipe is simple, quick and to mix it up why not add a handful of mix berries (like rasberries or blackberries) to add an extra bit of colour and punch;
- 1 big cup of fresh mint leaves
- 300ml fresh lime juice (about 10 limes)
- 300ml water (or you could use club soda if you wanted to add an extra punch)
- 100g sugar
- 1/3 cup white rum (or simply add to your taste)
In a jug, muddle the mint leaves (essentially bash them with a spoon, rolling pin or whatever you can get your hands on; it helps bring out the flavour of the mint). Juice your limes and add to the mint. Throw in the water/soda, sugar and rum and mix well together. When mixed carefully add to your popsicle mould, pop them in the freezer and sit back and wait for them to freeze. I like mine very minty so maybe adding a bit of mint at a time is good so you can alter it to your taste. Also you might be tempted to add a lot of rum but don’t go too over board as you might struggle to get the mixture to freeze.
Here are some other recipes I’m dying to try out over the coming weeks; cappuccino popsicles, strawberry margarita popsicles, cherry yogurt popsicles, gourmet yogurt popsicles and strawberry lime yogurt popsicles.
Originally from the UK but currently based in Brussels after stints in Canada, Peru, Italy and a job for the French military, she’s always had an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places! She’s still travelling the world with her family so catch up with her adventures on Instagram & Twitter.