Ahh, Summer! The time of fresh fruit, hot sun, and an increased desire for delicious icy treats.
Our neighbors have an apricot tree that hangs over our fence. Recently the tree was ready to harvest, and they let us have whatever fruit was on our side of the fence. This left us with a lot of fruit and a desire to do something more creative with it than just shove it into our greedy faces.
Enter: the Apricot Popsicle! An easy, cheap, refreshing, and arguably healthy treat.
Read on for instructions: you are already well on your way to delicious refreshment!
Step 1: Ingredients
- Apricots! Lots of them! The exact amount depends on how many popsicles you intend to make and the size of your popsicle mold.
- Sugar or other sweetener. Raw, white, brown, honey, agave nectar, artificial sweetener, or stevia all work.
- Milk. Use whatever percentage or vitamin content you prefer. You can also substitute non-dairy milks such as almond, soy, or rice milk. Cream, half-and-half, or yogurt can also be used for a creamier popsicle.
That's it! Obviously, this is a very simple recipe, so whatever other ingredients you want to experiment with, you can.
Step 2: Tools
To make these popsicles you need:
- A blender
- A sharp knife to cut up the fruit
- Measuring cups if you feel the need to measure everything exactly
- Popsicle mold. These are cheap and available at most big home stores. If you don't have one, you can make mini-popsicles using an ice cube tray and toothpicks for the sticks.
- Freezer, freeze ray, liquid nitrogen, or other suitable liquid-freezing means
Step 3: Let's Make!
First, wash all your fruit. You never know what those pesky squirrels have gotten up to in that tree...
After the fruit is washed, chop all the apricots up in half and remove the pits.
Put the apricots in the blender.
Add milk and sugar. More milk makes for a creamier popsicle with higher fat content. Adjust the recipe to your taste. Test it before you freeze it in order to make sure it tastes good.
BLEND IT!!! I blended mine on high speed with the liquefy setting until the mixture was very smooth and even.
Finally, once it tastes good and is blended to perfection, pour the mixture into your popsicle mold. Allow it to freeze.
Once the popsicles are ready, devour, share, hoard, and enjoy them as you see fit. Have a good summer!