Archive for June, 2013
1/2 c Bing Cherries, pitted and quartered
1/2 c Rainer Cherries, pitted and quartered
1/2 c Blueberries
3/4 c Cherry Juice
3/c c Blueberry Juice
1/2 c Plain Yogurt
1/4 c Half & Half
1/4 c Sugar
2 t Vanilla
1. Divide Bing cherries between popsicle molds, filling 1/3 of the way up. Cover cherries with cherry juice and place in freezer for at least an hour or until firm.
2. In a small bowl or measuring pitcher, mix yogurt, half and half, vanilla, and sugar. Set aside.
3. After first cherry and juice layer has firmed, divide rainer cherries between popsicle molds, filling up another 1/3 of the way. Cover cherries with sweetened yogurt mixture. Before placing molds back into the freezer, nestle popsicle sticks into the center of the yogurt mixture until it hits the first, already frozen layer. The thicker yogurt mixture should keep the sticks upright. Place molds into freezer for an least an hour or until firm.
4. After the second layer of cherries and yogurt has firmed, divide blueberries between popsicle molds filling molds the rest of the way up. Cover blueberries with blueberry juice and place in freezer until completely firm, at least 2 hours.
5. When you’re ready to enjoy, dip molds for short 5 second intervals into a bowl of warm water to slightly melt the outside of the pops until they just loosen.
1. Fill molds with fruit, dividing cherries, and blueberries 1/3 of the way up each or mixing as desired.
2. In a medium mixing bowl or large measuring pitcher, blend, yogurt, half and half, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and sugar has dissolved, increasing volume as follows:
1 1/2 c Plain Yogurt
3/4 c Half & Half
3/4 c Sugar
2 T Vanilla
3. Cover fruit completely with yogurt mixture then insert popsicle sticks.
4. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours or until completely firm.
5. Removes from molds as previously indicated when you’re ready to enjoy.
A delicious sweet treat always makes any gathering better, but in the middle of enjoying a sun filled summer day of fun, it has to be cold and it has to be easy. This festive dessert is both!
Fourth of July is the time for barbecue, but after we’ve finished our burgers and ribs, nothing tops off a backyard lunch or picnic in the park than a cool & sweet popsicle to help beat the heat. The problem is, the ones you buy at the grocery store are filled with so much sugar. Even the ones that claim to be “whole fruit” still often have added sweeteners.
Making them at home is so easy and when you make them yourself, you know and can control exactly what goes into them
The use of cherries and blueberries to make these celebratory desserts, not only add a sweet yet tart flavor, but also help us commemorate what a great country we live in! And not with artificial colors or dyes, but with the real, natural colors of the fruit.
The cherries in this dessert are perfect. They flavors pop when mixed with the creamy yogurt, and freeze beautifully without losing any of their distinct freshness. The blue berries are also an unexpected but fun accompaniment for the cherries, and both are at the PEAK of freshness at the moment, perfectly ripe and a ready addition to any Fourth of July celebration.
If you don’t have any popsicle molds laying around, simply use some disposable paper cups to make your popsicles in. Wrap the tops tightly with plastic wrap and puncture the top of the tightened plastic with your popsicle stick. The plastic wrap will help the sticks to stay upright until your pops freeze.
When the pops have firmed, simply tear away the paper cup to reveal the sweet cooling treat beneath.
This dessert can be made way ahead to lessen the tasks you have to do on the day of your party, freeing you up to spend more time with your friends and family, and a dessert filled with fresh fruit and 100% juice is something you will be proud to serve the people you love.
About the Author
A former baker, chef, caterer, and a forever foodie, John is now a writer and essayist, who has written for newspapers and magazines across the country, and enjoys spending his spare time traveling and collecting bow ties.