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Friday, August 2, 2013

Nectarine Strawberry Popsicles

I found myself with a surplus of fragrant, ripe nectarines this past week. Placing them in a basket made a wonderful display on the kitchen counter.

Though beautiful to look at I knew that it was only a matter of  time before I should decide exactly what to do with them.
When the sweet aroma of the fruit had filled the room I knew my time was up and these nectarines were definitely calling for some attention.

An overabundance of any particular ingredient inspires my search for a new recipe to experiment with and hopefully enjoy in the end.
Soon a lineup of jars filled with nectarine jam were cooling off on the kitchen counter.  This took care of eleven of the fifteen nectarines…and then there were four.  I have never made jam from this fruit before but didn’t count it as a new recipe because of its similarity to the peach jam I’ve made countless times.
A recipe for Nectarine Strawberry Popsicles which had caught my interest a few weeks prior came to mind.  At the time there was no immediate interest to try it out and went straight into that famous recipes to try out file.
Hoping to have enough nectarines left over from jam making I went looking for the recipe to try it out.  It was meant to be; exactly four nectarines were required along with strawberries which are practically a staple in my fridge.
So super easy to make with so few ingredients. In just a few minutes the nectarine, strawberry mixture filled the molds and went straight into the freezer for several hours.
Well worth the wait, an absolutely refreshing and delicious new recipe! 
Nectarine Strawberry Popsicles
1 pint (2 cups strawberries, hulled)
4 nectarines ( 1 to 1 ½ pounds total) peeled, pitted and cut into chunks.
½ cup granulated sugar. 
  1. In a blender, puree strawberries, nectarines and sugar until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
  3. Pour mixture into pop molds, insert sticks and freeze at least 4 hours.
  4. Makes 6 to 8 pops depending on size of  molds.

Notes, Tips and Suggestions
  • To insert wooden sticks instead of the plastic ones that come with the molds place two strips of tape over filled molds and insert the sticks in between the tape strips.until mixture hardens.  Sticks can also be inserted when mixture is partially frozen instead and will not sink. (this method requires a lot of checking to see if mixture is firm enough but not too hard to insert sticks)
  • These are too easy to make to be so good!

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