Happy belated 4th of July! Even though the day didn't turn out how I expected, it was still great, and I had time to step back and enjoy the holiday. My family had planned on going hiking in the mountains, but we soon realized that many other families had the same plan, and we were not in the mood to fight the traffic or the crowds. So alternatively, my brother went off to the lake with his friends and my dad went golfing, leaving me and my mom to come up with something fun and different from our usual everyday routine.
The popsicles were supposed to be red white and blue. I am always disappointed when blueberries turn out to be not very blue. But I thought that the look of the final product resembled firecrackers, so I went ahead and put them on this post. The combination of the cherry, Greek yogurt and blueberry was still pretty tasty and refreshing!
The following picture is of a cookbook that my mom had when she was a kid. I think it is very fun and retro!
makes about 6
1 cup blueberries
4 teaspoons sugar
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon agave or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cherries
1. Combine the yogurt, vanilla and agave or honey to taste in a bowl.
2. In a food processor, puree the blueberries until smooth. With a spatula press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, extracting as much juice as possible. Discard the solids. Whisk in 2 teaspoons of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture until well combined. Spoon the mixture into ice pop molds, dividing it evenly to fill each mold about one-third full. Freeze for 30 to 45 minutes until set.
3. Divide 2/3 cup yogurt mixture evenly among the molds, placing it on top of the blueberry layer and filling each mold another third of the way full. Freeze until the yogurt layer is set, 30 to 45 minutes.
4. Puree the cherries in the food processor until smooth. With a spatula, press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, extracting as much juice as possible. Discard the solids. Whisk the remaining sugar and yogurt mixture into the cherrie puree until well combined. Carefully spoon the cherry mixture on top of the yogurt layer, dividing it evenly. Insert sticks. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week.
5. To unmold the pops, run hot water over the outsides of the molds for a few seconds, then gently pull the sticks.
Recipe adapted from Perfect Pops by Charity Ferreira