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by / Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blackberry Lavender Popsicles

Blackberry Lavender Popsicles
This week's #SundaySupper theme is #BeatTheHeat.  And just in case you breezed past the title of this post...or the first picture...I'll give you one guess as to how we beat the heat in our house.

Okay, I know you already know that I'm a little bit of a popsicle fanatic.  Little bit.  Unless, of course, this is your first visit to my little space.  In that case, I say welcome - pull up a lawn chair and have a popsicle!

I know it's been unseasonably...well okay, not unseeeeasonably, I suppose...more like unreasonably HOT this year.  And I could think of no better excuse to try as many different types of popsicles, paletas, ice pops, push pops, and ice cream bars as I possibly can.
Blackberry Lavender Popsicles
So, let's talk today's popsicles.  Blackberries and Lavender.  One of my new favorite combos.  It's bright and bold and (dare-I-say?) EXTRA berrylicious.  (I DO dare.)  These pops almost reminded me of a sno-cone in that I wanted to suck all of the sweet, delicious juices from the ice.  So.  Tasty.

Blackberry Lavender Popsicles
Blackberry Lavender Popsicles
by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 1 hour (mostly unattended) + time to freeze
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: snack dessert vegan berries July 4th popsicles summer

Ingredients (8 (2.5 oz.) pops)
  • 1 heaping pint (2 cups) fresh blackberries
  • ~¾ c. superfine sugar (or agave nectar)
  • 1 Tbs. lavender buds (fresh or dried)
  • 3 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 c. cold water
Instructions
Stir sugar into blackberries and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add lavender and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to bubble gently for ~10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Smoosh up the berries with a potato masher to release all the juices. Stir lemon juice and water into mixture. Taste and add more sweetener, if you think it needs it. Refrigerate until cold, ~30 minutes.

Set a strainer over a large mixing bowl (preferably one with a pour spout). Strain mixture, pushing down with a rubber spatula to extract all the juices.

Pour into popsicle molds, adding the sticks at the correct time for your molds. Freeze until solid.
Blackberry Lavender Popsicles



Heather is a Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.

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