Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blackberry Lavender Popsicles {#SundaySupper #BeatTheHeat}

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.  Jen (this week's #SundaySupper host) is just encouraging me by choosing a #BeatTheHeat theme.
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

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.
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See how all of the other #SundaySupper participants decided to Beat the Heat this week by scrolling through the recipes below.  I don't see a quick end to these super sweaty days, so you may want to put some of these ideas into action in the coming weeks!

#BeatTheHeat Appetizers:
#BeatTheHeat Salads, Soups, & Sides:
#BeatTheHeat Main Dishes:
#BeatTheHeat Desserts:
#BeatTheHeat Drinks & Cocktails:
Wine Pairings Provided By: ENOFYLZ
Jen of Juanita's Cocina is hosting this event - make sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day on Sunday, and at 3:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat!  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’ll be sharing great recipes and tips all afternoon, and we’ll be talking all things #BeatTheHeat during our chat!
We’d also love to feature your recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

I am sharing this post with:
Herbs on Saturday: hosted at Bangers & Mash
herbsonsaturday Sundaysupper-clear The Summer of the Popsicle 2012 at girlichef.com