A week into summer break, and I’ve already heard “Mom, can we go to the pool?”, “Mom, can we go get ice-cream?”, and “I’m Bored!!” more times than I can take. I had my 10-year old make a list of all the things he would like to do for fun over the next two months, and making popsicles was one of the first few items. We’re checking off one item on the list each day, and yesterday happened to be the day we pulled out the popsicle molds from the basement. But let me be honest; I foresee many days where screen time is going to be my best friend :).
I got this paleta – Latin American popsicles that are either cream or juice mixed with fruit – recipe several years ago from my friend Nellie, and had really enjoyed the taste. I meant to share it here earlier, but had misplaced the hand written scrap of paper. After looking everywhere, I found it folded and tucked inside one of my many recipe books and binders. One of my most favorite recipes, these are creamy and just sweet enough. I’ve been inspired to use this basic recipe to substitute other fruits, and will update here once (if) my experiments are successful.
(Guava paste can be found in the Hispanic food section at the grocery store.)
(Makes 15-17 popsicles, about quarter cup each)
1 (15 oz) can coconut milk
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 (15 oz) can condensed milk
- 10-12 oz guava paste
1) Chop about a quarter of the guava paste into small pieces and drop into the bottom of the popsicle molds.
2) In a large blender jar, add the coconut milk, cream, milk, cornstarch, condensed milk, & chunks of the remaining guava paste. Blend till well mixed, but not frothy.
3) Pour into the popsicle molds, add handles and freeze for atleast 4-6 hours.
4) To remove popsicles, run the bottom & sides of the mold under warm water for a few seconds and slide the ice cream out.
NOTE : If using dixie cups, place them on a cookie tray or plate and then fill them according to instructions. Freeze on the cookie tray for about an hour. Then insert the popsicle sticks. This will help keep the sticks straight as they freeze for several more hours.