Hope you are all coping with the lockdown. We thought we would bring you some sunshine with our ideas for making pops at home.
Part 1 – Pineapple Pops Recipe
Use whatever ingredients you have to make fruity ice pops for yourself or with kids. Our video shows you how to do this. The step by step guide is below.
You will need:
- Fresh or tin of pineapple – small will do. Other fruit or juice is fine.
- Sweetener – agave syrup, sugar or xylitol (1 – 2 tablespoons)
- Citrus – ideally a lime
- Optional – fizzy water (1 table spoon)
- Stick blender
- Ice cube tray or lolly mould
- Sticks (or small plastic spoons)
- Bag or Box for lollies
- Someone to wash up!
This recipe is for an ice cube tray quantity. You need about 250 ML of mix. Double or triple for a large lolly mould set eg 500-750ML.
Step 1 Wash your hands
Step 2 Put the fresh or tinned pineapple in the jug. Set aside any juice with a seive.
Step 3 Blend the fruit. Add a little liquid if necessary from the juice. If you don’t have fruit it’s fine to use fruit juice instead – try to get some pulp from the lime if using.
Step 4 Add the juice of half a lime
Step 5 Add 1 tablespoon of sweetener if desired. Agave or maple syrup goes in well as it’s liquid or you can add a tablespoon of sugar.
If you are watching sugar levels you could use 2 teaspoons of xylitol (natural with 0 sugar, available in larger supermarkets and health food shops).
Step 6 Add a tablespoon of sparkling water if you have any and some of the juice.
Pour the mix in the mould. Cover and freeze for 30 mins – 1 hour. Then add sticks.
Step 7 Pour the mixture into the mould. Cover with cling film and freeze for 30 mins to 1 hour – depending on how cold your freezer is. If you try to put the sticks in straight away they will fall over.
Step 8 Put the sticks in. Set a timer as you’ll be really annoyed if you forget. Return to the freezer for 4-5 hours for an ice cube tray, or 7-8 hours for full ice lolly moulds. If you don’t have sticks try using little plastic spoons (supervise small children when consuming).
Step 9 Remove from the freezer. To remove from mould, pull firmly. If the lollies are solid, place the tray in a some warm water up to the neck line of the sticks. Count to 5 and pull firmly and remove, if nothing happens count again and pull again. Your pop should slide out.
Step 10 Put your pops straight in to a freezer bag or airtight freezer tub and freeze again. Best consumed within a month to avoid ice crystals but 3 months will be fine.