Sunday, 23 May 2010

Homemade Ice Pops

Ok, ok, so I was preoccupied drinking my Whiskey Sour 
last night to remember to shake the mixture to prevent separating. 
See, I'm not perfect after all! They are still yummy though.

Yay, how fantastic is that hot weather? Here at Friendly Cottage we are in the middle of nursing and coaxing the growth of grass in our back garden so I have been out watering it in the boys absence. Marty had been totally obsessing over it until he went away and so will kill me if the grass is burnt to a crisp when he gets back. Likely-hood with me? High. So I'm all worn out, trying to prove him wrong and needed some refreshing myself. Luckily I made these ice pops last night. Anyone got any other flavour ideas?


Thanks to a fruit bowl brimming with apples and the gorgeous rosemary pot I picked up the other day at food event (thanks to Living Flavour), I have been inspired to make these yummy pops. The number of pops you make will depend on the size of your moulds. You could try adding a stick of cinnamon to the sugar syrup too if you like. That would make an altogether very Autumny Ice Pop that would remind you just how lucky you are to be sucking it in such glorious weather!

Makes about 450ml

50g caster sugar
2 rosemary sprigs
4 large or 6 small apples

Place the sugar in a small saucepan with 50ml of cold water and the rosemary sprigs. Bring to a slow boil, stirring to help dissolve the sugar. Allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes before removing and leaving to cool.

Once the syrup has cooled, juice the apples in a juicer. Fish the rosemary sprigs out of the syrup and stir the apple juice and syrup together.

Pour into lolly moulds, pop the lids on and freeze upright for about 6-8 hours until solid. Stir or shake the mixture once after the first and second hours to help prevent any settling of the juice.

Dip the lolly moulds in hot water for a second to help release the pops. Suck at once!

TIP: When making this rosemary syrup, I usually make at least double and keep the remainder in the fridge to use as a drizzle over sponge cake or in cocktails. FYI you will need 75ml of syrup for this recipe.