After trying my first homemade fruit popsicle, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the frost-bitten ice blocks sold at the supermarkets.
These homemade pops are bitable, lickable, and oh-so savorable. They are inspired by my favorite of pies: my mom’s unbeatable peach pie, and the All-American cherry pie.
The secret ingredient to making both heavenly?
And that’s exactly what you need to fuse these two rarely-friendly fruits together.
Did I mention there’s an extra sweet treat? – A brown sugar simple syrup gives these pops a decadent smooth consistency for pouring and keeps them from breaking down into smaller chunks during the freezing.
With all that fruit in there, you can still feel good about enjoying a healthy treat too!
Pro-tip: before attempting Popsicles, I strongly recommend investing in some decent popsicle molds. In a pinch, Dixie cups and Popsicle sticks will do, but for something a little less wasteful, go for something that sticks it out for more than a single treat. (hehe sticks…)
I originally tried a cheap $5 store brand, as a way to test if I would actually make popsicles, but my advice…?
Otherwise you will spend a whole day getting excited for the delicious morsels you’ve created only to discover that it’s ridiculously difficult to extract them from the rigor mortis grip of the plastic. (Imagine a sword in the stone in which you pull the hilt off the blade, thereby killing the magic.)
I don’t want you to suffer too, so please – do right by your popsicles.
(Alternatively, you can find an incredibly patient boyfriend, girlfriend, or neighbor-person to run them under warm water for several minutes and show you up by extracting one sans grumbles. I still advise the former.)
I scoured the internet reviews for popsicle molds, and judged the Zuku Slow Pops with the Rounded Silicon to be worthiest (aka best value). You’re welcome to find your own perfect match, but these have been simple to pour, clean and enjoy.
My only critique is that the two pieces that fit together to make the base leak a bit. But what’s a summer popsicle without sticky fingers?
So here is my first pop-worthy popsicle recipe. Enjoy!
Peach Cherry Pie Popsicles
½ cup water
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
3 cups chopped yellow peaches (roughly 2 medium peaches)
1 cup chopped bing cherries
2 teaspoons lemon juice
To prepare brown sugar simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan, bring the water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
- Whisk in sugar and reduce heat to medium low, keeping at a gentle simmer for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add almond extract, and keep over heat for another 5 minutes to allow syrup to thicken.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prepare the fruit.
To prepare popsicles:
- Using an immersion blender or full blender, blend together the peaches and cherries until smooth.
- Whisk in simple syrup.
- Add lemon juice.
- Pour into clean popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 12 hours.
- Enjoy individually or in droves.
Today’s Kitchen Jam: Like the Rain by Clint Black(Summer in Portland = Rainy Fridays)