Friday, May 14, 2010

sour cherry and grapefruit pops with rosemary

Here's my promised recipe for pops of my own invention.  The recipe is based pretty heavily on this compote recipe, which is amazing, by the way Grapefruit Compote.  I did add a few twists of flavor, and adapted it to work for pops.  Here's what you need:

1/2c sugar
3T honey
1/2c water
3 sprigs rosemary
1c grapefruit juice
1 grapefruit
~12oz canned sour cherries in light syrup (refrigerate)

yield 7 large pops

1. In a saucepan stir together sugar, honey, water, and rosemary.  Bring to a boil, and boil on low for 5 min, stirring occasionally.

2. Fish out the rosemary and discard (or taste some of the mixture on the rosemary, delicious!)

3. In a small bowl, section the grapefruit catching the juices.  Try to discard as much of the skin as possible, pieces should be pretty small.  Add juice.

4. Stir syrup mixture and grapefruit mixture together.  This is your first layer.

5. Pour half of the mixture into the molds (these can be anything, as long as the open end is larger than the closed end.  You have to be able to pull them out.  I used washed out single serving yogurt containers.)

6. Put these into the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until hard.  (more is always better in this stage)

7. Take the cherries out of the freezer and distribute into molds.  Feel free to use as much or as little as you choose.  I added ~6 cherries for each cup.  Also pour in syrup.  (you may want to try sweet cherries, I personally like the tartness of morello cherries)

8. Freeze for ~1:30 hours until partially hardened, push sticks into this layer

9. Freeze for another hour or more until layer is hardened

10. Pour in remaining grapefruit mixture, freeze for ~4 hours

That's it!
I love the mixture of sweet and tart in these pops, and the pretty peach mixed with red.  Beautiful!

Note that this recipe is still a work in progress, so feel free to experiment, and I'll come back and make changes as needed.  Let me know if you have any suggestions or alterations.


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