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Yummy paletas!

If you don’t know what a paleta is – you ain’t from south Texas.  We here in south Texas know paletas the same way we know popsicles.  When it’s 108 degrees outside and you have four kids who are driving you crazy you sometimes need something cold on a stick to shove in their mouths.  That’s where the paleta comes in.  Typically the paleta is either cream or water based and it is mixed with fruit – although recently I have seen trends toward herbs, liquor, and vegetables that are just as interesting.  When I found some recipes in the Taste section of our paper, I decided to try my hand at homemade paletas.  Here is the recipe I followed and my results:

Recipe – Paletas De Yogurt Con Moras – source “Paletas” by Fany Gerson

1 lemon

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups plain unsweetened Greek-style yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

2 cups fresh blackberries

Rinse the lemon, then peel it.  Combine 1/2 cup of water and sugar in a saucepan.  Stir until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved.  Add the lemon peel and let simmer for five minutes.  Let it cool and strain to remove the lemon peel.  Refrigerate until chilled.

Add the yogurt and honey to the chilled syrup and stir until combined.  Put a bit of the mixture into your molds, add the berries, and then add the rest of your mixture to the molds.  Freeze until firm.

Results:  Yummy flavor that three of my four kiddos liked.  I loved it.  I used Stonefield plain yogurt which is not Greek and I used blueberries.  Other than that I followed the recipe.  Unfortunately, my popsicle mold sticks did not stick to the paletas, so I ended up having to spoon/break the paleta out of the mold.  That part was bad, but the flavor was still good.  I think it was a result of not having filled the molds all the way to the top.  I am not going to be able to be in the kitchen for a few days, but here’s what I am dying to try – well, three things.  One:  I’d like to try this recipe again and I think a GREAT compliment to this dish would be a really crisp ginger snap.  So, I would like to make a paleta sandwich with the filling being what is above (not quite as frozen) and the cookie being a gingersnap.  Two:  Balsamic Strawberry Pops (for which I have a recipe and will let you know how that goes), and Three:  Any Pops With Liquor!  If you have some great recipes – send them my way!  Hope you are staying cool this summer and eating some delicious treats.

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